11 November 2010. Thursday
Fatehpur Sikri and travel to Ranthambhore.
Up and shower /shave, breakfast at 7:30 am, leave at 8 for Fatehpur Sikri on pretty good 4 lane road, arriving at 9:30 am. Gail sits with me
Tour Fatehpur for a couple hours – non-religious part and then religious part, amazing town. Photo of Emperor Shah Philbar with his 9 Jewels or Chiefs (fellow travellers in the group). Stub toe badly at the Chisti tomb with sock off. Back to vehicle and Park.
Now a long, long road trip – mostly on good roads, 4-lane, some toll, with bus doing 40 mph, but 3 sections really bad dirt roads, bumpy, wash boards. Lunch stop about 2 a place in the middle of nowhere, in Rajasthan and now colorful skirts and turbans. We head west from Agra, but turn south just before Jaipur, for about 2 more hours in the dark, getting to Ranthambhore Regency around 7. I had bad sniffles all the way, and the toe is aching. Super at the Regency, try their Internet, but no good. To bed, sick, tired, frustrated.
What started out as a good day – fantastic Mughal city and architecture, and watching the Rajasthani countryside go by – turned sometimes into a bumpy road as sniffles and pain engulfed me.