We arrived in Agra this morning after our 18 hour train journey over-night from Varanasi. The picture displayed is exactly what the cabins looked like...i fell asleep laying on my valuables (passport and money) with my bag underneath- i was on the bottom bed. So i had to wait for the person above me to go to sleep as his bed was the back rest of the seat we all perched ourselves on....wow,thats quite difficult to explain. Hope that makes sense.
The night before we left Varanasi we went back to the ganges to watch a ceremony that takes place every night. There are many different religions here in India, when i think im beginning to undertand one...i always get confused by something. There are 330million gods in India!!!!!!!!! Im curious and want to learn as much as i can so Im asking plenty of questions...which tends to confuse me even more :-)
While floating in the boat we also saw the cremations on the banks of the river, they take place 24 hours a day. Afterwards the ashes are swept into the ganges. Hindus believe that immerson in the ganges cleanses them of their sins and death on its banks leads to salvation.
Agra is the home of the Taj Mahal...we are going there this afternoon. We are all very excited. We will see the sun set this evening and go back tomorrow morning for the sunrise.
My camera battery died and i dont have the charger...but the ladies are taking photos...and i have asked nicely to get them on my USB after the trip. I look forward to posting all the pics up...
I think i mentioned in my first blog about our tour leader being a prince...This will be his last job ever...a 25year old...he will now breed horses and sell them as a hobby...He doesnt actually need a job at all, but he wants to be able to stand on his own feet- much respect to the boy. i was chatting to him last night and he mentioned concubines (i think thats how u spell it)...it was funny to think that his wife would allow it...he promised he didnt have one yet...i didnt really know how to recat to that. My jaw drops with most of the conversations i have with him. Just so you know i thought he was a good bloke before i found out about the whole 'royal family' business. :-)
off to the Taj Mahal we go...