Big news! Chocolate pancakes were on the menu for breakfast this morning. Also to our amazement, breakfast was served within 10 minutes and it was actually warm. Unbelievable. It must be a one off.
We leave Agra today after spending just one night but before we’re picked up by taxi we wanted to fit in Agra Fort. This fort is said to be the most impressive in all of India and it dates way back to the 11th century. Numerous emperors and kings have ruled the fort over the years and it’s changed hands many times. Interestingly Shah Jahan, the son of one of the rulers, who also had the Taj Mahal built, also resided here. Due to his love of marble he had much of the fort pulled down and rebuilt in white marble to suit his tastes. The existing design of the fort is said to be close to how Shah Jahan would have resided in it.
Much of the fort is being used by the Indian military and therefore off bounds. This meant we could only walk around about a quarter of it, which was a bit of a shame as it only took an hour or so and it would have been nice to see a bit more. Nonetheless what we did see was great and unlike anything else we’ve seen before. As we stood at the top of the fort overlooking the moat out to the derelict fields of Agra you could, with some imagination, draw a wonderful image of what life must have been like for emperors living within these grounds back in 1500’s. At 5ft 2 the surrounding walls, even the doors and the high ceilings, made me feel like an ant within an oversized kingdom. Everything within the fort, from the gardens to the ballroom oozed wealth, luxury and power.
Outside of the fort, and feeling more relatively sized to my surroundings, we headed back to the hotel to wait for our driver. I was starting to think we were no longer in India when the driver turned up bang on time. Warm breakfast and drivers being on time, this is very rare. The drive to Jaipur took around 4.5 hours and provided the usual array of unbelievable sights along the roadside. My favourite today had to be the relaxed goat casually sitting on the doorstep of a chemist. The man getting a wet shave in the middle of a fruit and veg market surrounded by herds of buffalo was also amusing. All normal in India 🙂