Since my last blog so many things have happened i don't know where to start!
So we arrived at our first hotel and decided to go for a walk around the block - within minutes we got lost and slowly started getting harassed and stared at. So I got a little bit panicky but eventually we found our hotel and had a lie down! We then had our introduction to the group, there's 16 of us including our leader called Yosh which I've decided is Indian for Josh :)
We all adore him, he's like our protector with lots of knowledge.
We went out for a group meal and in Indian style had a tikka masala which was delicious! Although the drinking age was 25 so I felt a little bit naughty he he. Simply walking the streets is an adventure with the sheer amount of people, animals, dust and traffic! We've already had a lot of experience with beggars, it's heart breaking for the whole group to see.
First nights sleep wasn't too successful Chris and I were both awake at 2am watching finding nemo, but when we do sleep its good. Then we had breakfast consisting of toast and our own bottled water, Chris is doing well with the local food whereas I haven't enjoyed any meal so far so am living off rice and naan bread.
Our first outing was to a Sikh temple, it was so peaceful and tranquil away from the busy streets of Delhi. We wore bits of cloth to cover our heads and walked bare foot through the temple. Everyone who works there volunteers and there is a kitchen that serves anyone from any country and any religion, I helped the women there make naan bread.
We then visited the largest mosque in India which can have 22,000 people pray at any one time. We paid to go to the top of one of the towers, which had incredible views but also had 120 stairs! We then had a 5 hour drive to Agra but we slept for over half of it. No one really spoke because the sights of people, shops, countryside and traffic was something no one wanted to miss. We arrived at our current hotel at 9pm had some lasagne for dinner, had a hot shower as the previous hotel didn't have hot water and then out like a light.
This morning we left the hotel at 6am so we could see the Taj Mahal at sunrise, truly stunning. We have some lovely photos, and of course sat on Diana's bench. We're now waiting in the hotel lobby about to go see Baby Taj and then out tonight having a meal with an Indian family who will dress all the women in saris - cant wait!
Love to all, Love Jess & Chris xxx