We arrive on the ground in 1000 languages and 1000 gods. At Intercontinental women in my group met with marigolds and brendavali with the typical red dot on our foreheads. This hotel – an oasis of luxury in a polluted city of 14 million people.
Two days spent on the road to Delhi. Mandatory sites include the tomb of Gandhi and many of the & # 39; UNESCO World Heritage sites. Nowhere else ancient traditions can not be combined with the modern on a scale so evident as in Delhi. Fat sacred Brahma bulls block traffic creating delays. In this Hindu land control cows. Dogs, monkeys and children cross at their own risk.
I love spicy food and begin each day with a breakfast of three disturbingly cart. We head coach of Rajasthan, the beautiful desert state where cows are replaced camels. Air is sweeter and more colorful. Here are a microcosm of everything that India has.
People reigns with humility if spirit and still light up at the sight of foreigners. We are constantly waving through our windows to those who curiously peers and seems to be saying: "Why have you come?" As a supporter of the third world, this place is part of my wish list for many years. Now I'm alive I enter into the travel element that makes me puzzled.
We arrive at the annual camel fair in Pushkar, which takes place a thousand years. As the largest in the world, it is at its peak attracted 50,000 camels with 200,000 traders. We unpacked our camp called Exotic Adventures. Our spartan tents have toilets, but toilet paper was very expensive. The street has round the clock security, which is wildly ratsyyanalizavala our quota.
The cold desert overnight, and after dinner pours. I trusted the American Embassy guest who felt that he was in an episode of "Lived." She laughed and assured me that it was all worth it. Soon my shock turns to delight when I get into the market.
Located on the miles that are changing sand dunes with weakened camels and a flood of pilgrims, the scene seems quite surreal. It's like a public exhibition on steroids. There is a flurry of race horses, bullocks and camels, contests for milking, animal jewelry, knitting turban, tattoo, snakes and magicians, free carnival rides, mystics, astrologers and dazzling stalls of handicrafts subjects prices. Earth is displayed when activity. Thousands of women of Rajasthan came dressed in their beautiful things in near neon colors. I watch trained monkeys, painted cows and cobra dance. No words can adequately describe how this villain has overcome the 5 senses. Others may have Europe with its cathedrals and museums. For me, this exotic exposure and cultural immersion – is the ultimate journey!
Wrapped dust, we return to the camp. Every night under the stars held entertainment with musicians, folk dancers, puppet show or fire. There is prohibited the use of alcohol, and all the dishes – vegetarian buffets. Ayurveda Center offers us treatments to cleanse the body of toxins. We disclaim them: causes vomiting, enemas, nasal and blood outflow.
We are conducting a tour of the holy city of Pushkar with its sacred lake created by Lord Brahma. Pilgrims come from afar to bathe in getah and clock worship. Here we learn about religion zorastryzm, sihkizm mystical Sufi zhaynisty who won a mosquito, Hinduism, which does not claim to absolute truth and the caste system. We visit the temples at the lake; some of them "blaslavlyayutstsa" priests. Later, the highlight for me was the simultaneous Safari Camel Cart Safari behind the scenes of the fair. Children of our route shouting to us "hello, hello, one pen please!"
We see how the dead camels and naked people washable half. Back on the ground, we visit the shelter and distribute individually to get lost in the rush. We ride on huge plyavtsah camels that provide us a greater perspective of it all. I buy a dozen granasnyh necklaces and silver bracelets on their ankles. Teenage boys approach Terry to photograph him. One politely as he said: "Sir, what do you eat?"
There are endless food courts however we must pass all the requirements in order to prevent "Delhi belly". I think the beautiful cacophony of chaos. Pushkar – it really is a novel for the locals, and we just observant guests. I'm so grateful that he felt like that, but the time to continue our busy itinerary.
We arrive at the famous "Pink City" of Jaipur, now more deep maroon from pollution. The tours of the palaces, ancient sites and architectural marvels, we learn of the great Amber managers and Maharajas Magulskay Empire. History comes alive, and I'm so interested in what I was never worried. But store for buyers of silk sarees, gems, jewelry and marble crafts. I visited an animal sanctuary called "Help the suffering." The worst cases of various species are treated by volunteer veterinarians. Forty-five stray dogs are sterilized daily and I witnessed the surgery. Here you can see the grand Fatehpur Sikri, "Ghost Town Akbar", which was abandoned due to lack of water. We finally reach Agra, the ruined city of 2.5 million. Hawker haunt us. Chained bears dancing rupees in the street. Hungry children beg. We gratefully settled into the luxurious Sheraton with its western cuisine and affordable massages at $ 20. It was like a galaxy change from the city center.
After seeing a few miracles along the way, we finally saved the best in the world the greatest tribute to love. When I enter the majestic gate to the Taj Mahal, the goose bumps rise. Morning sunlight illuminates it like a flawless pearl. '22 built 200,000 men with 2 million pieces inlaid with semiprecious stones. After a lecture on why this perfect symmetry for Queen Mumtaz was established, we understand, to take pictures of what looks like a mirage. It is poetry in architecture and as beautiful as you can imagine.
Back in Delhi, we all use a free day of leisure, to get to know us! Most go shopping as prices extravagantly low but how many weights "Pashmina" is necessary? For our final evening we enjoy a show called "Dances of India", after which there was a farewell feast of our last (Indian) Supper.
I admit that even a good trip with excellent guides, drivers, assistance and accommodation. I remember my favorite moment which took place at the fair when I hired two "body guards" to help me in the crowd, and Jamal before. The two 11-year-old boys is associated with me as banal and brilliant smiling faces will forever be embedded in my memory of India. This trip has renewed my curiosity to the world, reminding me that my love of travel is expanding. The more I see, the more I want to see.
This country is for the seasoned traveler. I am extremely impressed with the perseverance and patience of my group of 60 people in the land of improper infrastructure. For some it was their first visit to the Third World, but they strongly belonged to the pros. Evidence of the suffering first-hand – this is the most comprehensive way to assess the home. We have seen terrible things and happy. However, the word "stunning" to sum up the entire trip. I must go back.