Today was one that has left us with memories that will last a life time and pictures that speak a million words! When the alarm went off at 5.15am we all jumped out of bed with the excitement of wearing our new Indian clothes down to breakfast as we prepared for a day of exploring and sight–seeing.
We set off and made the four hour trip on the bus from New Delhi to the city of Agra. Surprisingly the city was full of life, even so early in the morning there was a hustle and bustle. The journey went really quick as we all were enjoying looking out the windows, taking in the Indian way of life and the countryside and beautiful landscapes. When we were driving through the city of Agra for the first time, I had seen all sorts of cows on the street which was strange to see but what struck me was their calm and gentle nature. They didn’t move when all the rickshaws beeped their horns or the big bus tried to squeeze past.
I was so excited to visit Agra as this is where the famous and spectacular Taj Mahal is located. Over the past few weeks I had been teaching my placement class about this magnificent wonder of the world and thus to actually see it through my own eyes was spectacular. The sheer size, ornate design and large gardens left us all in amazement and of course we couldn’t leave without a picture holding the top of the Taj Mahal. Finbar went to extreme lengths to get the perfect angles and Elaine had tactics to get a picture with our Indian scarfs blowing in the wind!
The weather today was extremely hot with a high of 41 degrees!! As you can imagine most of us have never experienced such heat but we carried on with a few bottles of water, sun cream and sweat in places we didn’t even know was possible!! A few hours in such heat left us ready for some time in shade. We enjoyed a buffet style lunch close by and time to relax, cool down after baking in the sun and recharge the batteries. My favourite dish was the dahl which was full of spice and flavour.
After this we went for a drive through Agra and stopped at a local marble shop to see how the marble products are made. This was very interesting and the men working here showed great enthusiasm and passion which made the experience very enjoyable.
We then made the journey back to New Delhi and as you can imagine, the majority of us had a sleep on the bus! We have an early start in the morning as we prepare to take the train to the Himalayas! We are so very excited for the next part of our trip.Posted in College Team 2019
on Sunday 7 April 2019