If you have read the previous post about my stay in Agra, you know that I am a volunteer in India as a “guide” to Taj Mahal. For 5 days I had the privilege to watch 5 different sunsets with one of the wonders of the world in the background. Any sunset is the same, but I got sunny sunsets, not so sunny sunsets, sunsets with a thunderstorm in the background, anyway, just amazing sunsets.
Up in this hill, as it is a private property, you need permission from their “guardians” to enter the space. Well, I have been there one time with John and next day I went alone with my “crew”. As John didn’t introduce me to them as a person he knows and that will be going there with more people the next days, they didn’t remember about me, and that was a problem.
So, I was telling my 1st group we would go 2 spots and now these Indians don’t allow me to get in. They were kind of rud, and they didn’t speak English at all. My luck was the fact that I had an Indian inside the 1st group: Srinjoy. One of the few Indians I got to know and a very nice guy that later was showing me his birthday town: Kolkata. But I’ll talk about that latter. By the way, Srinjoy is also a passionate traveler, and he has his own blog.
I was lucky he was able to speak with them and we finally got in, after a few minutes trying to figure out how to do it. It was on this same day that those Indians liked us after all and joined us for the sunset and we also took some pictures together. This hill is a magical spot. Not only is the best spot to watch the sunset in the area, as its involving it’s surreal. One of those days I found a lot of peacocks just standing there: MAGICAL. There were about 15 peacocks, but my friend John said that if you go to that place for the sunrise you will be able to see around 100 peacocks. WOW! I just love those birds…
One of the days I was a volunteer in India, I had just 1 guest with me, it was an older man than me, but apparently, that was a problem for those Indians. We got inside the property to go to the hill, and I was observing the birds and compulsively taking pictures, when this Indian guy abords me asking me what I’m doing there, who is that man, how am I with him, if I have a boyfriend. As I say I don’t have a boyfriend he was very confused how that man I was touring could be just a friend if he is much older. I think he thought I was lying about it. He was being kind of aggressive.
(Asking you if you have a boyfriend is a question every Indian guy does. And they find really odd that I don’t have one with the age of 26. They keep asking: why? why? why? and I just don’t know how to answer cause things don’t work the same way with them.) I was feeling kind of stressed during this little chat because he wasn’t being any welcoming, he was very unpleasant. But after many questions, he finally accepted my answers and start being a nice person. He even ended up asking me to take selfies. It’s very common that Indians will come to you asking to take pictures. That happened to me a lot.
Well but the next following days those Indians guarding the hill already knew me, so they were super friendly as they were seeing me coming. I liked to meet them and most of all I loved to volunteer in India!
I would do it again!