Taj Mahal

Joe and I had an amazing day in Agra visiting the Taj Mahal. The day started off sketchy when our taxi driver did not show up, but it turned out he could not find our amazing hotel.

We shared the tropical with a German,  Frédéric,  and he made for a great traveling companion. The Taj is a good 3 hour drive from Vdelhi, and our driver was very aggressive to say the least.

In Agra we had a tour guide who showed us around, and allowed us to bypass the huge line ups. I would definitely recommend a guided tour. We had a good lunch and then another interesting drive back.

We finished off the evening with Good food and beer in the bizarre area.  Pictures to follow.

Golden Temple
Bizarre

Back in Delhi

A lot has happened since the last post, and I will update when I have time. A brief idea is that we took a taxi from Dharamsala to Amritsar. This is a major religious city for the Sikh community. We spent 2 nights in Hotel Fairway, even though we had booked Hotel Oyo rooms. It turned out that hotel Oyo rooms does not exist even though I was able to book it on hotels.com .

We visited the golden temple and it was quite a site. 100,000 people a day visiting it. As white people at the temple we were also a tourist attraction.

We left Amritsar this morning on the 5am train to Delhi. Once in Delhi we go a room at the Hotel Sterlington Inn, another high class spot, after which we walked to Connaught Place and checked things out.

Tomorrow we are going to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Joe is back

Pat and I hike up to the Bagsu waterfall yesterday. It was touted as a place to go and relax, either st had waterfall or the temple. What they forgot to mention was that it is a very popular spot for Indian tourists.  There were hundreds of people at both locations. Definitely not a spot to relax. I went back to Nick’s cafe to relax. However, watching the people was fun.

Later we went out for lasagna. As with everything,  it was not quite what we were used to. The noodle was definitely lasagna noodle like, however there were 2 noodles, each plate size with filling in between. The apple pie and ice cream was good. The ice cream is like British ice cream, very rich and creamy. The pie filling was good,  although the crust was a bit tough. They have definitely got the Cappacino down Pat though.

We arrived back at the hotel half expecting to see Joe waiting outside the door. However he was not there.  He did show up about 9pm. He had climbed within 100m on the top of the peak, but was turned back due to ice conditions. He was a tired and hungry puppy.

This morning, Joe and I went to yoga while Pat stayed in bed. He has been in bed all day, not feeling too well. Joe and I hiked around the Dalai Lamas temple and then purchased a couple of beers.

We have now booked a hotel for Amristar in the Punjab region for tomorrow, and will be traveling there by taxi. It is a 4 hour drive for 4300 rupees  ($86). Joe is presently off on a hike to St John in the wilderness church before supper. Pat is still in bed. I am enjoying a Thunderbird beer, brewed by Molson. 

Camp II

The following morning we woke to our first cloudy morning of the trip. I believed this was a sign of a change in the weather, and having been caught out in storms before, I wanted to go down. Joe however, being more of an optimist, wanted to carry on. Pat stayed neutral. We carried on after Joe made a heroic run down to ourStacie to retrieve some much needed extra fuel.

Once he returned we headed for the site of camp I I. 
Unfortunately we were again slower than hoped, and had to set up camp on a glacier short of our ultimate goal.
just to add to the fun, a storm did come in. We were hit by wind and hail. Again cooking outside was loads of fun.