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Our brief stop in Mumbai

semi-overcast 30 °C

The highlight of our visit to Mumbai was, of course, the lovely wedding of Melissa and Lester Fernandes! The bride was absolutely beautiful and the groom looked so happy! It was really amazing for us to be able to make it to their special day and see all of the little traditions that a modern Indian wedding involves. And the women in the most beautiful saris I have ever seen were just jaw dropping! I’m not going to give a step by step account of the day- but just to say a huge congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Fernandes!

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The actual island of Mumbai, separate from where we are staying is really beautiful- the buildings make you feel like you’re in Paris or London, and the skyline from the bridge is amazing, more so at sunset.

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Delhi and Agra

Our first few days in India

overcast 6 °C

So just now we are in Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and it is freeeeeeezing! Bit of a shock to the system, having to endure temperatures of 6 degrees... especially when visiting a Sikh temple and not only having to take socks and shoes off, but having to rinse feet in cold water! Brrrrrrrr...

India (well, what we’ve seen so far) is unexpectedly nothing like Sri Lanka. It is much more crowded, much more poverty and there is a constant haze, which might just be a fog for this time of year, or dirt- not sure which.

When we arrived we had a white knuckle ride to the hotel in Delhi- which, if you thought driving in Abu Dhabi was bad- you ain’t seen nothing yet! Not only does no one even check before changing lanes, or drifting across three lanes, and in the three lanes, there are always five lines of traffic... try getting your head around that one! There are also small fires literally everywhere on the side of the street- I’d imagine, not only for the homeless but for shop and stall vendors who don’t have heating where they work. It’s quite a surreal thing to witness.
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Yesterday we went around Delhi, visited the Jama Mosque (where we didn’t have to take socks off, but did have to walk over marble which was almost as cold!), India’s largest mosque and to the Sisganj Sikh temple, which is not only a house of prayer, but it is also a place where anyone can come to eat some food, heat up, and lend a hand in the kitchens, regardless of wealth or caste. After a wander through some of the markets in Old Delhi, we made the 5 hour drive to Agra.

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Today we visited the Red Fort of Agra, and then to the Taj Mahal- and I can see why it became the man made wonder of the world! To see it in pictures is one thing, from afar another, but up close (with red booties on) it is phenomenal. Some might even say magical. Every aspect of it is amazing, and, considering it was built 400 years ago, is perfect in every way- right down to the engineering, symmetry, the optical illusions, and the gorgeous marble carvings. Sheer perfection.

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So for now, we are sitting in the hotel, sipping some Chai tea, and watching a dozen or so skinny cows, dogs, monkeys, squirrels and pigeons go about their daily business uninterrupted by anyone.

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