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My Tour of India Part 6 (Day 5)

17 April 2013

Having sourced and audited several hotels in Agra, I'm satisfied they would qualify for an E3 grading (this is the highest grade we offer hotels that meet our criteria for accessibility and suitability for wheelchair-users and people with limited mobility).

It was now time to move on to our next destination, Jaipur. And as we crossed the Yamuna River, the banks were vibrant with colour with locals busily laying out their clothes  to dry in the warm sun. Beyond which every spare piece of land was occupied by teenagers and young boys mostly playing cricket (which I've been reliably informed is not just a sport in India - but almost a religion). We pass a camel towing a cart of supplies, there are street vendors with home-made contraptions called jugaars, where juice is sold from sugar canes; and I spy w hat must be a builder's merchants - not because there is a yard full of construction material and big brawny men in hard hats but merely for the reason of there being a great mound of sand and blocks of bricks spilling out onto the street.

Eventually we arrived at Fatehpur Sikri - an abandoned city, which was built by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century but was abandoned soon afterwards when the water wells ran dry. It remains today much the same as it was over 300 years ago. Most of this site is accessible and has been fitted with ramps and adapted washroom facilities.

On the journey to Jaipur we stopped for lunch at The Hotel Bagh in Bharatpur, which proved to be the perfect relaxing retreat after the hustle and bustle of Delhi and Agra. This hotel has wonderful gardens and is a must for tourists who are looking escape the hectic schedule for a couple of days of peace and tranquility. The area is also an ornithologists paradise with a huge selection of birds to watch. (I was entertained by the antics of a family of owls!)

After another wonderful lunch, we are back on the road to Jaipur, which will take us approximately three hours to reach from here. So it is time to sit back relax and enjoy the scenery of this wonderful country.

 Back soon - Lynne

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