In 1982 £1 = Rupees 17.
To Taj Mahal at 0700 for sunrise visit – free entry on Fridays.
Third Taj visit in three days.
Paid bill at Akbar Hotel, Agra: Rs 54.50 for 2 nights and 2 breakfasts.
Scooter rickshaw to Idgah bus station.
7-hour bus ride to Jaipur (Rs 24).
Fertile plains of Uttar Pradesh gave way to semi-desert of Rajasthan.
Driver topped up radiator through a hole in the ‘dashboard’.
Splashed out Rs 15 on a chicken curry at Kwality Restaurant – very disappointing – tiny bowl, tiny bits of chicken – and no rice !
Later enjoyed 4 fresh-made chappattis and a bowl of dhal for Rs 3.20.