HYD->DEL, Delhi->Agra, Tomb of Akbar, Gateway Hotel|
Ben got up at 4:00 a.m. (less than 4 hours sleep), showered, dressed, did a bit of email
-- including finishing the post of the Charminar street scene on YouTube --
and at 4:30 a.m. took a car back to Hyderabad airport.
Security and check-in were again a snap and Ben took the 6:30 a.m. Kingfisher #801 to Delhi
(Indira Ghandi International Airport) arriving just before 8:30 a.m.
The haze was very thick -- a marked difference from Chennai and Hyderabad airports.
And this was the first time Ben saw a recycling waste can in India. :-)
representative met Ben at the airport, Ben got into the car with his driver (Kishor, 28 years experience)
at 9:20 a.m., and after a stop at the Perfect Travels hotel to pay by Visa card, it was on to
We crossed into Uttar Pradesh at 12:45 p.m., made a quick restroom stop, and then continued on south.
We arrived at the
Tomb of Akbar
at 2:30 p.m., about 5 hours after leaving the Delhi airport.
We met guide
Yogesh Pratap Singh Rathore
and spent a very informative hour at the tomb before heading on to the
where Ben checked in at about 4:30 p.m.
After enjoying the view of the
from his hotel room and working on email and trip notes and photos for a few hours,
Ben went downstairs to the hotel dining room and enjoyed the
a vegetarian combination plate of chicken kebabs, lamb curry, seasonal vegetable, dal, rice, naan, and dessert.
He also ordered a bottle of the
2010 Sula Satori Merlot
but it was unfortunately "cooked" (had been kept at too high a temperature since bottling) --
not surprising at all since India's "cold (supply) chain" is mostly non-existent.
Ben crashed at 10:00 p.m.
Last updated Friday, September 14th, 2012.
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