We are leaving India tomorrow, and I want to tell you about a few of my favorite things. I really liked going to Ranthamboure National Park on safari. We saw tigers, a mama and two cubs. The cubs were really cute! We also saw antelope, deer, birds, peacocks, monkeys and jackals. The park used to be a hunting ground for the Maharaja and the landscape was rocky with a ridge on each side. We were in a Maruti Gypsy, which is basically a long Suzuki Sidekick. It was an 8-seater open jeep with four-wheel drive. We needed it because we went up 60 degree hills and over a lot of rocks and bumps. If we were in the larger Mitsubishi Canter, what we originally booked, then we wouldn’t have gotten close enough to see the tigers. We saw the tigers down in a valley lying on a rock. We got stuck a couple of times in the jeep, but we got out. On our second ride, our driver was driving like a maniac!
All over India, people ride in tuk tuks. They are little, three-wheeled, one cylinder cars that carry passengers in the back seat. The sides are open and they are driven like a motorcycle. We rode in them all the time. I like them because you always felt like you were tipping over, like the best ride at Six Flags!
There were also a lot of very full trucks that had bags hanging off the sides and back like enormous pillow cases. The company that makes all the trucks is called Tata and I liked the trucks because they were really big, colorfully decorated and said “Horn Please” on the back.
It was an adventure taking trains in India. We also visited the National Rail Museum in Delhi. We almost missed our first train in Delhi because the station was so big and the train was about 40 cars long. We didn’t know which one to go in! Once we found it, we got on and it was a sleeper car. It was fun to lie on the top bunk while we rode. We were in there with two other Indian guys and we talked to them a little. They were nice.
Our last stop in India was the Taj Mahal in Agra. We went to see it at sunrise. The marble dome weighs more than 12,000 tons. It was large and beautiful and sits on a river. Last year, they cleaned two tons of trash out of the Yamuna river because President Obama was supposed to visit. He couldn’t come in the end because the Saudi Arabian king died and he went to the funeral instead. But now the river looks really nice! I’d like to tell them to clean it up more often. And the rest of the cities, too, which are full of trash on the streets. They really shouldn’t litter. They need to stop honking, too. It’s going to make them deaf.
That’s the highlights of our time in India. Our next stop is Kenya, Africa. I sure would like to hear from my friends about how you are doing, so please comment below and tell about living at home right now. I miss you!