We took our final in country trip last week to Delhi. We were able to celebrate Evan’s birthday with Starbucks, which has recently come to Delhi, but has yet to make it further south. We were not disappointed! We ended the week with a family history trip that I will tell you more about later. But, after a week of traveling, we were ready to get back and begin the process of preparing to leave. Packing is starting to fill my thoughts as I’m trying to sort out mentally how best to accomplish this, always in the back of my mind hoping that we find extra pounds that can be filled up with last-minute presents for the family back home . . . I’m not holding my breath on that though.
A few weeks ago we visited some old tombs. Might not sound too exciting, but the tombs are 500-600 years old, and I’m always up for a little history. The tombs are of the 7 ancient rulers of Hyderabad, along with their wives and sons and other important people. Each of the major tombs has a dome on it, and there is something about rustic, old, slightly run down buildings that I enjoy!
We went early in the morning and so the weather was still comfortable from the rain the day before, and was just starting to get unbearably humid when we left. Going early, we also had the place almost entirely to ourselves, which is hard to come by in India!
TRAVEL TIP: If someone starts giving you a tour, don’t assume that is included in the price of admission. All tours and “tour guides” will expect unreasonably high payment. We got wrapped into a tour without realizing it, and it ended in a rather intense way. Real tour guides should be up front about asking if you want a tour as well as their fee. No one will “show you around” out of the goodness of their heart. If you do get sucked into an unfortante situation like we did, don’t feel like you have to pay. If you didn’t ask for the tour, you are not obligated to pay them for anything. Stand you ground, and simply walk away if they don’t back down. They are simply trying to pressure you into giving them money.
India is ancient and has a lot of history. Unfortunately, the historic places aren’t always easy to get to, or haven’t been preserved well. I was thankful for one more historic trip before we head for the new land, and dive back into life in the 21st Century!
Oh another note, Hyderabad welcomed us back with temperatures in the 80’s! The highs have dropped by nearly 30 degrees since we left last week, and doing some cooking today in a tank top I was almost cold! I thought I loved Fall in the States, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the pure joy monsoon brings!