So we headed off to Agra which is a couple of hours outside Delhi and home to India's most famous monument, the Taj Mahal. On the way we stopped at a beautiful Hindu Temple made of white marble where we were told that only male vegetarians could be close to God…so that rules us two out. In Agra we checked into a lovely hotel on Dada's recommendation. One of the best things about Dada is that he recommends great hotels and restaurants and refuses to take commission from them making sure we always pay a good price. So far we have been paying 300-500 rupees per night, which is about 4-6 pounds (there is no pound sign on this keyboard…very confusing). We then wandered the 100 yards to the Taj Mahal. It is very beautiful but on the day we visited it was cloudy and grey so our pictures won't do it justice. As you can imagine it was full of tourists and was very pricey by Indian standards. We then headed for a bit of shopping and bought a beautiful turquoise beaded wall hanging and some marble stuff with inlaying done by the same people who restore the Taj Mahal.
The next day we drove past Agra Fort and Fatepur Sikri but didn't stop as Dada decided there were too many steps for me to manage. (He has taken on the role of my physiotherapist…a role he is suitable for because he has 6 years 'experience' in the field…it later emerged that his experience consisted of spending 6 years driving for an orthopedic surgeon and his family!!!). Later that day we stopped at Keoladeo National Park which is a world heritage site and bird sanctuary. We took a 3 hour cycle rickshaw ride through the park and saw kingfishers, eagles, herons, crocodiles and loads more it was really beautiful and peaceful. From there the journey became a little less peaceful....