Delhi Belly is a Legit Thing - Jaipur & Agra & Delhi, India
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So continuing on with our Indian adventure, the next city comes Jaipur! Also known as the pink city because in 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited India on a tour. Apparently, pink was a symbol of hospitality, so the ruler of Jaipur painted the whole city pink to welcome his guests. For me, the situation was more comical than anything. Here are some photos of the train.
The ride from Pune was about 23 hours long and they say you've haven't traveled India if you've never been on a train. I believe it.
We stayed for 4 nights in Jaipur and visited some interesting places. The Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar. Jantar Mantar sounds funny but it's astronomical observation place built in the early 18th century. It has the largest stone sundial in the world.
We visited on that one day in the year where the sun was at it's highest point.
Bought an expensive carpet from this one association raising money for women. He said that they won an award for the most hand tied knots for the Guinness World Record book.
Most of our meals were at this EXTREMELY CHEAP street food place. We've heard travelers saying that you shouldn't try Indian street food unless you want to spend the rest of the week in bed, throwing up. Did we? (Eli didn't.)
The Amber Fort is basically a palace for the royal Indian family. Built with so much riches and gold. Jewels and emeralds. And AMBER! Actually i think it's just gold and silver. The only amber there is, it's inside the title.
Next stop is Agra, the city next to the famous Taj Mahal. How did we get to Agra? By a semi-deluxe bus. Couldn't be bad could it?
Voici! The semi-deluxe bus with no AC in 35 ° blasting heat!
It was around 6 hours long but that wasn't the worst part. I sat next to the window because i absolutely LOVE wind on a hot day. The wind i was receiving was a sort of polluted sticky suffocating wind. Almost like it's too much heat, too much hot wind, too much dust and i couldn't find an alternative to escape it. Sort of dramatic, i know but it's the truth.
You just had to endure it and think about finally reaching Agra. The good side is that i had a good popsicle when we stopped for a pee break :)
So that night. I began to feel a very painful discomfort in my stomach. Alvin Der began to feel these things as well. So after supper we slept and were eaten alive by mosquitoes but that doesn't matter. That night, i woke up, feeling the great urge to fall inside a hole. So i crawled around to the bathroom and threw up. A lot. Next morning before the tour groups arrived, we left at 5:30 to the TAJ MAHAL!
What a beautiful family photo! Haha... Despite arriving at one of the 7 World Wonders, i was still sick and moved around like a headless zombie. The structure was incredibly beautiful and amazing, but in reality, it's just a burial site for the King's, favourite wife. Not to mention his third and youngest wife.
Like honestly, all those slaves for one mausoleum? DEFINITELY NOT WORTH IT PLEASE. Especially when the King wanted to build one for himself. He died when one of his sons pushed him off the tower. Found that somewhat reasonable because he was very obsessed in these crazy big structures. When he could be spending time with his other 2 wives. Or even maybe the whole country of INDIA? (Just making suggestions...ya feel me?)
The estimated weight of the Taj Mahal is around 2.5 thousand trillion kilos. So the architectures had to reinforce the marble structure or else, one day, someone would look at where the building would be and- Where is the Taj Mahal!? It sank in the river. Oh well. Can't brag about visiting 2 out of the 7 world wonders if there are only 6 standing!
We took a difficult detour through a park where there were NO TOURISTS, no one to ask if we needed a guide, and it was nice. I felt super weak and frail as a quail but the thought of going in my bed pushed me onwards. We saw some monkeys and birds and even found A SHORT CUT HOME. Someone had cut a hole inside the fence that fenced off the main road from this park. So, thankful that i made it alive, i risked a little banana. And then felt 89% better.
After the Taj Mahal, in the afternoon, we went to Delhi! The overpriced ride we were supposed to depart from, was running late (thank the LORD) and instead we took a squished "AC" bus. The AC didn't work well but i was so happy to not be in the "semi-deluxe" bus again. Was nauseous for the whole ride but i slept most of the time so it was fine.
Arriving in Delhi was exactly how i had imagined it. Dusty, busy, loud and so...just Indian! It took us nearly 30min in that chaos before one tuk tuk driver (called 'auto' in India) came by, gave us an excellent price and then he became our driver for the rest of our stay, in Delhi. Lucy was in the same room as dad and i, and it so happened the all three of us got DELHI BELLY. A term used by Auntie Anita. When i searched it up on Google, Delhi Belly was actually a real term used by travelers. So for the time we had in Delhi, all three of us had diarrhea all night. We suspected because of that delicious street food place we found in Jaipur.
One time, we visited a Sikh Temple. Surrounded with colours and with people everywhere, sometimes the occasional tourist. Had fun at this cultural experience!
Lucy was feeling particularily terrible. So what did she do? She threw up at the temple. It wasn't such a good thing back then...but NOW IT'S VERY HILARIOUS. Oh little Lu!!
Just look at all the mixes of COLOURS!
There was 'holy water' where people sort of cleansed themselves. Eli and i were going to go in, but changed our minds when we saw fish inside and the water...Let's say that it wasn't like the water of Turkey or Greece. But those blogs will come later (shortly later ;)
So that is all for our super short month stay in India. It was so shocking to be actually be in India and simply amazing. There really is no other country with such original and unique culture. Honestly, i think it really just opens your eyes to see how different cultures can be. At the same time, they can all be so alike.
I will be back in India carrying a new mind to take cover from the sun. Next time wearing sunscreen. Even though India is dirty and different. I like to view it as a different cultural experience that will be in good use sometime in my future.