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.

Dal lake

Today Joe could not stand the easy pace of life in McLeod Gurg, and he has gone off on a trek. He chose a 43km, 4 day trek that sounded very inviting until he decided that he wanted to do it in 2 days. I opted to stay and do day hikes instead.

Pat and I had a leisurely breakfast of fresh fruit and curds, along with a couple of coffees, at which point we embarked on a hike up to a man made lake, Dal lake. The trail up was along a main road, passing a major army base along the way.

We also found a nice old church, St John’s in the wilderness.

We also saw some friends along the way

The lake turned out to be most underwhelming, as it was more of a mud flat. I am assuming we are here in the dry season, and that it might be more impressive at other times.

We take a different route down through a nice forested road

We had a nice view back into town

Pat is now having a snooze before we head out for the evening

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.