Delhi to Agra
Day 3 - 20th October 2012
Back to the airport and off to Agra
Return to Summer
Bit of an odd day, after an early start to get to the rendezvous
hotel, we returned to the airport to pick up that day's arrivals, the
effect was that 5 hours after leaving our hotel we passed within 100
yards of it.
The hotel's vintage Jaguar; by the look of it, it hasn't seen a Delhi
street for at least 50 years. Needless to say, we travelled in a Toyota.
We left the Imperial's peaceful bubble through a little side gate into
a lane and re-entered the wonderful chaotic melee of Delhi for our
adventure to begin...
One of the contradictions of India; this man's job was to polish the leaves on the plants outside the airport...
On the bus
After meeting the remaining 10 members of the group from the overnight
UK flights, we were introduced to our transport for the tour, a roomy
and properly air conditioned bus - I had wrongly imagined that 'air
conditioned' might mean that some of the windows would open.
Miche and her traditional welcome Tikka and marigold garland...
Men get a bigger welcome Tikka (vermillion)...
We were very happy with our bus, some of the others available looked less comfortable...
lorries were colourful too and often had a sign at the back asking
people to honk their horns; in such a polite society, people oblige and
the streets are a never ending crescendo of tooting, but it all adds to
the atmosphere as we made our way on the 5 hour journey to Agra
and arrived at the next hotel after dark..