India: Day 4
It’s hard to believe that we have driven almost 1400 miles in only 3 days. Today we are headed towards Delhi … in part to chase down a promising storm and in part to give us some places to see on our ‘whirlwind’ tour of India (excuse the pun). Because most of us were getting a little weary of the vans we arrived on the outskirts of Delhi in the early afternoon and quickly broke up into smaller groups to explore on our own. Due to bad timing and a poor decision to try to take a bus into town my ‘group’ ended up consisting of myself. Believe it or not I later ran into the guy at the front desk who had checked me into the hotel some hours earlier and I joined him and his 2 friends as they took me to various ruined temples and forts. Did I fail to mention the temperature? It was 121 degrees. I later found out that in hell that day it only got to 116. I walked around in 121 degrees. At least the humidity was stifling. From all my whining you must assume I had a bad time but it was just the opposite. After a long dinner and a few cups of tea the four of us began a trek through bramble infested woods in the dark to visit an unused Mosque that was supposedly ‘haunted’. Keep in mind that my new friends were wearing saffron Kirtas and chain smoking bedes (a form of leaf tobacco) so it was hard to feel like I was in the middle of a Hardy Boy’s adventure but I did my best. Later, inside an ancient grave, I laid back and tried to remember why the fuck I came to India in the first place. Getting late, better head back to the hotel so I can catch up with my group before they assume I am dead. Don’t want to miss the flight home.