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Jantaar Mantar (Jan. 2)

by Jonathan Wong

SundialWe woke up to an incredible breakfast featuring many Indian and American cuisines—compliments to the Red Fox Hotel staff! We then climbed onto the bus at 8:30 am to go to the Jantaar Mantar. The sun was shining; the birds were chirping; the pollution hazing. It was a wonderful day. We arrived at this astronomical wonder at 9:30 am. The technology of these devices was past its time. They were incredible. The Jantar hosts the biggest sundial.

After looking at the devices, we took a nice five-minute stroll to the City Palace, which was very cool. The palace was surrounded by 20-foot walls, and the architecture and interior were both very beautiful. We saw a garden and the palace hall. The British once visited the palace, and the royal family played polo. The palace was awesome.

Tower

We then took a bus ride to a restaurant. By now, some of us were tired of Indian cuisine; some were craving American food. At the restaurant, we ordered everything from Chinese dishes to grilled cheeses to veggie-burgers. The restaurant was a solid 6/10. By the time we were leaving, it was packed.

PalaceWe then outside to the bazaar (market). The main street was crowded with cars, mopeds, cows, motorcycles, and random pedestrians. The side street was filled with vendors, people, carts, shops. The atmosphere was electric. Vendors begged you to come to their stores. All you heard was, “Come come come,” and “Special discount just for you.” I felt like a king. After a few hours bartering with vendors, we hopped on a bus bound for Agra.

Onwards we went. At 10:55, we arrived at a sketchy hotel. They served us cold food (granted, the dinner ended at 11 pm) so maybe we just came in. We also found out that most of us had to share a bed with someone else, but the real tragedy was that there was wifi only in the lobby.

Overall, it was another great day in India.

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