Theres two entries for Agra, for the earlier one just change the date in the drop down box above! :-)
Taj avoidance didnt last very long as we found ourselves at the same rooftop restaurant for breakfast, but hey, the food is great and boy did we need it after THE COLDEST NIGHT EVER! We slept in fleeces, camping socks and jeans but still our lovely looking bungalows were icey cold and regardless of the bedding a very sleepless night was had by us both. Anyway, we headed off down the main road to Agra Fort (about 3km) to be met along the way by what seemed to be every member of the rickshaw drivers union of India. Still nobody understands our desire to walk places with one driver even having the cheek to suggest that we have "money problems". Is it that obvious? Anyway, Agra Fort was very nice, lots of history, but if truth be told it looked very much the same as Red Fort in Delhi. I think this might be the start of a theme.
Aside from the obvious major draw Agra doesn't really have a soul, its this Indian Soddom & Gommorah where money rules divine and if you're not spending then people have very little time for you, a grand departure from the warm atmosphere in Varanasi. Still, if you come to India its one place you have to go.
Our train ride out was fantastic, we met two lovely ladies, Anne and Sheila from Sydney who are spending just under two months in India and Bangladesh. We exchanged stories and they gave us lots of helpful tips for Australia (less than 2 weeks away!!). The 4 and a half hour journey flew by and it was nice to know that the niggly little problems we've had seem to faced by everybody. We arrived in Jaipur around 11pm and set off for our hotel 'Pearl Palace' who had kindly let our room out to someone else so we found ourselves paying an extra 200rs for some desperately needed sleep.
More soon, hope everyone is well!