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India (part II)

By Dalila | Posted in Country,India,travel

August 7th, 2017



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The road to Jaipur was much more chaotic than the one to Agra. I think we drove 45 minutes before getting in the highway. 45 very long minutes. The road is for everyone in India. Cars, trucks, tuk tuks, motorcycles, bikes, people, cows, horses, you name it, it’s there. How amazing is it that I did not see one single accident? Just at the beginning of the trip I mentioned out loud that I should put on the security belt, “no need” Vijay says, “here not mandatory, only front”. Excuse me?! *puts seat belt on*. At some point during the trip Vijay mentioned that when one drives in India one needs four things “good honk, good sight, good breaks and good luck”. I see why. 
 

Jaipur is a real city compared to Agra. However, bigger city means more people. There was no place I would go without being stared at. I actually asked my guide why that was and told him I thought this was a rude and inappropriate behavior by both men and women. He explained that a lot of people come from the village and have never seen people from another race. I replied that surely people who live in Jaipur are used to seeing tourists all the time. He just smiled when I said that, so I guess it’s just a normal thing.

 

Actually, I was asked twice by Indians whether their whole family could take a picture with me. Did they mistake me for some American celebrity? I always thought I did a good impression of Beyoncé so why the hell not. However while the pictures were being taken I couldn’t help but notice the curious stares and laughs. I have never been to the circus but I very much felt like I was the attraction of one. Needless to say that after that I refused all the picture requests. Well, one. One other request but still. That being said, I never felt unsafe or threatened. Just hugely uncomfortable. 

 
Not once I felt an inconvenient to traveling alone. My guide would even take pictures of me if I asked so I got the most important covered… On the last day of the trip I decided not to have a guide and had Vijay drop me in places and visit by myself. I loved it. Of course several guides tried to offer their services on the spot but I refused. I loved just walking by myself. Stares continued but at this point I didn’t really care. Well I did but it was my last day in India so I just wanted to enjoy it.
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Delhi definitely has this capital vibe. I noticed it as soon as I arrived. Big roads, big cars, big buildings. I visited many places in the city but my favorite place was definitely Gandhi Smriti, the Ghandi museum.
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Like the person it celebrates, the museum was very quiet and peaceful. There were quotes from Ghandi all over the place. I was actually able to see the room where he used to live and the memorial where he was assassinated. Anyone who goes to Delhi should visit this place. Especially when you don’t know anything about him like me. For example, I didn’t know that he was a lawyer or even worse that he was murdered. Shame on me I guess. The museum educated me on the life story of Mahatma Ghandi, whose original name was Mohandas and not Mahatma, a person that, for the work he has accomplished, we should all look up to.
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At the end of the day it was time to leave. Go back to Dubai. I was very sad because going to India was an amazing experience. It is so far the most different culture I have seen in my life.  It was loud. It was smelly. It was colorful. It was crowded. It was beautiful. I was sad but also happy, because I knew already I will go back one day.

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