a whirlwind tour....phase one: delhi to agra
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where to begin? the last week and half has been a bit of a blur, a result of complete sensory over load. i arrived into delhi and managed to find my way to a risckshwaw taxi, who within 2 seconds of being in had hit two poles pulling out of his parking spot. this was my first taste of driving in india and would be just the begining. i had arrived a bit earlier than my friend so found my way to the hotel namaskar (if you can call it that) it was in the old section of Delhi and i had to walk down a couple of tiny alleys past "the chicken man" (i was told to make a right at the chicken man to find my hotel) and numerous cows...too many to count. they were and are everywhere in india.
while waiting for my friend, i quickly fell into the suckers trap of newcomers to delhi, that is getting conned into booking some form of a tour or booking your own car and driver etc....in my defense i did only have three hours of sleep and was functioning on no food. once i realized i was being fleeced , i fixed the situation and was able to get all my money back, but it did make me skeptical of all people looking to help me. i have continued to struggle with this, but have learned that you have to trust somewhat to get any insight into this country.
our plan was to do a quick tour of rajasthan.
alot of the overnight trains were booked already, so we were forced to look at other solutions, buses or hiring our own driver. after much debate and haggling over prices, we decided on hiring a driver for the rest of the journey through rajasthan. in hindsight it was the right and wrong decision. there are pros and cons to it; we were able to see alot of the country side but felt a bit at the mercy of the driver since we had to stay often where he could have accomodation as well, which in turn jacked up our prices a bit. however, we didn't have to queue in endless lines at the train stations trying to see if we could get on a train and we could leave and go when we pleased, which made us able to cover more ground and get a bit often the beaten track. our next stop after agra was pushkar, a smaller town half way inbetween agra and jaipur.