Our Trip to India - October 2007
Ellen and Maddie Hutson
On 15 October, there was much excitement in Mutton Lane. We were off to India on a Dragoman family trip with Mary and Richard our neighbours.
We arrived in Delhi, the capital, got into our taxis and made our way to the first hotel. It was like a different world. Sacred cows roamed the dirty streets, most of them living on plastic bags and rubbish. The taxi ride was an experience! There didn’t seem to be any rules on the roads and there was so much traffic, all beeping their horns all the time.
We stayed at lots of different hotels as we travelled around a lot in the truck. We went to Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Ranthambore.
While we were there, we went to lots of interesting historic places and visited the Taj Mahal, which was amazingly beautiful. We liked looking around but it was quite hot and we couldn’t always understand the guide as he spoke too quickly with an Indian accent.
Our favourite things have to be: camel riding across the desert, swimming in the pool (when there was one!), riding in the Dragoman truck (called Archie!), riding in the auto rickshaws, the Indian Pizza Hut! seeing wild monkeys and other animals, seeing a leopard in Ranthambore National Park and, of course, the Taj Mahal.
Things that were not so nice were the beggars, especially the poor children, and people trying to sell you things all the time. We felt sorry for the dogs as they were all stray and very thin. We had to have our photo taken lots of times with the Indians and their children as they thought we were unusual with blonde hair and light skin!
It was good being with Mary and Richard as well. If we got fed up with Mum and Dad we could go with them! We were with another family as well with one son who was 15 and they were really nice.
We really, really loved India and we both want to go back again. It was more of an adventure than a holiday! We definitely want to go on another Dragoman trip, maybe somewhere different next time.
Photos: Marian Hutson
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