India has been hot hot hot. We arrived after a night flight and a 2 hour delay and hit the ground running. Literally. This has been our first delayed flight and with the best will in the world it’s part of the experience of travel. However, the relatively short delay today meant the difference between a decent rest and a very quick turnaround. But what I notice about the Global Explorers is that they are a resilient bunch and their attitude to this adventure is very much one of – just go with the flow and that’s what they did.
At this time of year Delhi and Agra are at their hottest. Daytime temperatures touching around 45 deg c and dropping down to a very comfortable 32 deg c at night. What’s it like to experience this kind of temperature – well, imagine walking through a hot dry furnace!
We had a good introduction to Delhi, visiting Humayan’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. We drove by India Gate and saw the beautiful Lutyens designed architecture of the Parliament and other government buildings. We even got to experience the chaos of Delhi traffic leaving many wondering whether Indian people ever take driving tests.
Next morning, we headed off early to Agra to see the wonderful Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. Despite the temperature reaching 45 deg c, the Taj didn’t disappoint. For many in the group, it was their dream to be here to see this opulent declaration of love. A few even said they felt goosebumps when they first set eyes on it. By the time we reached the Taj, the heat was really sweltering but it didn’t stop anyone from having their photo taken on the famous ‘Diana’ bench or posing to make the Taj look like a giant teapot!
After a rest over lunch and a chance to enjoy some much needed air conditioning, we continued to the Fort of Agra, which offers a great view of the Taj from the other side of the river.
It was then back to Delhi and a chance to experience more chaotic traffic!
India has been fun. Hot but fun. We leave early tomorrow for Singapore, our 4th country in less than a week. We’re all hoping Singapore will be somewhat cooler…….