Most part of Agra’s visitors only pay attention to Taj Mahal, but as I would stay in the city for 5 days, I had the time to visit more stuff and adventure myself on the street now that I’m much more synchronized with India. I decided to visit Agra Fort.
I decided that I would walk until there, without GPS or a map. What was this idea? Now that I’m writing about it, it looks really stupid. It’s a 40 min walk alone in the middle of Indian jungle without any sense of direction. It looks like it has a lot to go wrong. But anyway, I’m glad I did it and saved few pennies –‘
So, there I go alone with some descriptions on the phone that I had print screened back at the Hostel when I had wi-fi. I hit the crowded, dirty, loud road. The path wasn’t feeling very safe. I didn’t see one single European person walking on those roads, but I think I was already kind of used to it, but even that way I wasn’t feeling really comfortable on those streets. I had to ask few Indians for directions, and they were nice. I was surprised. I reach a point of the way where the small streets full of waling people ends and it leads the way to a big street. That was the way some guards indicated me, so I need to follow.
It was a super stressful path. Not that something happened to me, but NO ONE ELSE was walking on that street. NOT EVEN INDIANS. It was a pure vehicles street. And there I am walking alone having no idea for how much longer I would need to walk. I started to freak out because, once again, of my over thinking. I started to think about a story I had heard about some tourists that were kidnapped on some street and put on a vehicle that followed. So that was my thought the whole way, that’s why is moment was very stressful. I don’t want to walk that street and I’m praying for someone to stop and ask me: Tuk-tuk Mam? That happens all the time in India, you can’t get rid of this people and somehow that wasn’t happening on that street. The traffic flowed very well so no one stops. Trust me this was a very stressing moment for me, I wasn’t feeling any safe, I didn’t know where I was, and now I just couldn’t get out of there as I had already walked for a while. But I had in mind the path was 40 min so it couldn’t take so much longer…
For this reason, when this young guy stops with his horse carriage next to me and asks me if I need a ride I just feel so relieved! Of course, I want!! But I still did my negotiation game pretending not to be very interested. I went with him in the only transport with animals I used on this trip. I don’t like to support this usage of animals but I had no choice at that time. When we reached Agra Fort I left the carriage not before taking a few selfies with this guy that gently asked for it.
Agra Fort is a really crowded place, mostly full of Indians once again, and it’s very beautiful inside. As I said before, it has much more details on the marble structures than the Taj itself. And you can get a view to Taj also. I spent maybe 3h there. Inside Agra Fort, I was alone sitting resting for a bit, but not for so long. An Indian man sits next to me and we start a conversation. I think we were talking for more than half an hour. He was a very nice guy and I really enjoyed his company. Of course one of his questions was if I had a boyfriend followed with a very surprised reaction – just like all Indians.
On my way back I wouldn’t do the same. I found a ride with an Indian guy with a bicycle. He was very old and skinny, clothes dirty and torn. I regret this ride. I was feeling so, so bad for this guy. He was looking exhausted while cycling… He even had to jump out of the bicycle on a rise as he couldn’t handle my weight to cycle. He was pushing me and the bike by hand. I was feeling so guilty and with remorse, I have chosen this old man to take me back. I felt like a bad person. I had this feeling for the 15 minutes that ride took. But now I’m thinking that maybe if everyone feels the same, these people will never get money as that is their job. I don’t know… It’s controversial.
I swore I wouldn’t go with an old man as a cycler anymore during my trip.