We arranged to have Praveen pick us up early this morning to head to Agra. The drive was longer than we thought, but it was interesting to see the edges of the city. Around five minutes outside of Agra, Praveen explained that a tour guide would be joining us to go to the Akbar Mausoleum. This was the first time we felt let down by Praveen as he’d given us no warning about this and left us little choice once the guide was in the car. Once outside the Mausoleum we explained to the guide that we didn’t need a tour and were happy to walk around by ourselves. He persisted with us and settled on a pretty reasonable price to show us around the mausoleum and, tomorrow, the Taj Mahal.
On a lighter note, some funny things we saw along the way:
Indian telco with the slogan: “It’s nothing like anything”.
Sign above the highway toll booths explaining under which circumstances drivers were excused from paying tolls: the first exception being “if you are carrying the president of India in your car”.
© Richard Munckton