5 February 1982

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.

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