First days in India – Agra, Jaipur and Pushkar

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After such a long wait for the visa to India we finally managed to get here. We landed in Delhi, where we went to a travel agency – Namaste India Travels & Tours – to help us planning our two weeks here. On the way to the agency we had to pass through a big plaza with a market, and there I saw some of the most shocking things I’ve ever seen in my life. I was ready to see alot of poverty and impressive things in this country, but I wasn’t expecting such a lack of living conditions. There were thousands of beggers per square meter, all of them with extreme body malformations or amputated members. They were all picking up food leftovers from the floor, some were crawling, others couldn’t move, it was really horrible. I felt really dizzy with the whole scenario.

At the agency we met Amit, a very nice guy who helped us planning everything. We ended up hiring a car and a driver for 9 days, this way we could choose where to go and, more importantly, do it in our own time. We did a 9-day plan starting with Agra to see the Taj Mahal and then going to Jaipur, the capital of Rajhastan.

Taj Mahal was incredible, we went there really early in the morning to avoid all the annoying tourists, so the place was very peaceful. The Taj is a muslim mausoleum that was built as a memorial to the emperor Shah Jahan’s second wife, who gave him 14 children and died during her last child birth. The building itself is extremely beautiful, and even though there isn’t much to see in Agra, it’s very worth going there just to look at this amazing Wonder of the World.

Afterwards, we went to Jaipur where we stayed for 1 day. The weather was rainy and foggy which made it dificult to see the “Pink City” at its best. Anyway, we walked around the Old Town and saw some bazaars. However, shopping gets really exhausting after a while because of all the price bargaining and having the sellers following us everywhere we go. In the end we decided to leave the shopping for later, outside of the main city is likely to be cheaper.

The day after we went to Pushkar, a very small city built around a lake. Here was nothing like the big mess of Jaipur, it was a lot better and much more beautiful. There was a festival going on around the lake, where a bunch of people were praying and cleaning themselves with the water from the lake. Cleaning is not therigh word for what hey were doing because the water was terribly dirty, it was orange! But anyway, it was fun to see so many people prayingand giving offerings to the lake. The city is very special, with a lot of temples and shops everywhere. Plus, people are a lot nicer than in Jaipur, the sellers are abit more honest and not so annoying! We all bought some gifts to take home!