Day 140: Delhi Belly
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Thanks to the people I met here and/or travelled with: Ed (Netherlands)
Our train didn't leave until late in the afternoon, so we had the whole morning in Orchha. Initially we had planned to explore the town some more, but we realised we had seen pretty much everything there is to see, so instead we spent the morning relaxing at the hotel.
This being a very luxury hotel, we were allowed to keep the room until we had to leave for Jhansi station, so none of that “check-out before 11 AM” crap. Nice!
The train from Jhansi to Agra took about four hours, but in true Indian fashion it was late. I had hoped to catch the famous Taj Mahal at sunset, but alas.
For some weird reason the Taj is not lit at night, so once the sun sets you can't see it anymore.
We walked around the Taj Ganj, the area around the Taj Mahal which is packed with hotels, restaurants and tour operators (and which is surprisingly ugly and dirty, considering the India's biggest tourist attraction is just on the other side of the walls).
We had dinner at the restaurant of hotel Sheela, next to the Taj Mahal (which, once again, we couldn't see as there is not a single light shining on the building).
All day long I had been feeling a bit queasy and I thought this had something to do with the fact that our lunch on the train had consisted of crisps and spicy peanuts - not the healthiest lunch ever.
Food poisoning is so common in India that it is jokingly dubbed a 'Delhi Belly'. I knew beforehand it would be unavoidable, but why now? Why do I have to get sick the night before our visit to the Taj Mahal, the one sight I had been looking forward to in India the most. Our alarm was set for 5:30, I really needed my sleep, but instead I spent most of the night in the bathroom.