and 'delhi belly' rears its ugly head ..
18.01.2008 - 22.01.2008 11 °C
After spending four days in Delhi trying to recover from the head cold I came down with on the first night, I took a train to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. I guess I ate something bad before I left Delhi or as soon as I got to Agra, because I spent the vast majority of my two days in Agra lying in bed, trying unsuccessfully to keep down anything I had eaten. I've been like that for the past three days, hardly getting a meal in save for a few bananas, and I've lost all the weight I managed to gain while in Asia.
I'm in Jaipur now, and have been for two nights. Whatever was in my system is slowly passing, so I'm hoping to be well enough to travel to Pushkar tomorrow. It's only three hours away, but with no toilet on the bus I'm afraid to take the risk!
That being said, the few hours that I did manage to get out of my room in Agra were spent at the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. It was absolutely amazing and completely worth the hype. It's so big! I was almost shocked at the sheer size of it. It's a beautiful structure. It's made out of semi-transparent marble, so it's colour changes based on the time of day, getting more golden as the sunset approaches. It was constructed in the 1600's by a man named Shah Jahan as a tribute to his wife, who had recently died giving birth to their 14th child. Some pics:
The entrance to the Taj.
You get some sense of how large it is here. You can walk around on the main platform, and they give you little booties to slip over your shoes.
This is the Pink City in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. I walked around for a couple hours yesterday, and a guy started talking to me and took me up to the rooftop of his shop. Really nice guy, and nice views. I've met a lot of genuine people since I've been to Jaipur, so I'm optimistic about the next couple weeks.
My goal is to head to Pushkar tomorrow, a little town with a lake and hundreds of temples. I was originally planning on going to about five more cities, but I've decided to cut that down to about three now as I haven't been feeling well. The truth is I'm ready to go home, but I know as soon as I get back to Van I'll wish I was back here. Well, maybe not India, but definitely Asia. I already miss Asia a lot, I've got many fond memories.
Anyways, there's only 18 days left, it won't be long now.