On the further journey through Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana towards Delhi, you can see barely changes in landscape and living conditions. People still suffer from water scarcity and heat, the country is hit by the drought and only a few rivers are not dried out.
So far I had not seen any other accidents in the last weeks except my own. Shortly before my next station Khajuraho I had to notice two accidents in one day.
On the first, a bus came off the road, the passengers were already saved when I got there. Bus accidents are notorious in this country, because there are usually too many dead passengers. This time no one was seriously injured.
Beneficiary was the following bus, some passengers got their belongings from the accident vehicle and went on immediately with the next one. Life goes on!
Shortly after, a truck was tipped over. Again, there were no serious injuries. However, the crane vehicle and the applied salvage technology was interesting.
In the village of Khajuraho are a group of about 20 historical Hindu and Jain temples located. This temples, like the temple of Konark in Odisha, belong to the Indian UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The construction took place between 950 and 1050 AD. More information can be found on the Internet.
The most famous are those temples in the capital of Khajuraho, who are known for their frivolous and erotic portrayals.
My last major stop before Delhi was the city of Gwalior with the fort of the same name. I had found an excellent room at a reasonable price. A good reason to spend a few days there before the last 350 km to Delhi.
My room was extremely clean for Indian standards and had an excellent air conditioning. In Gwalior there is quite a lot to see, which is why I went to short trips again and again despite the unpleasant outside temperatures. Such as to the mausoleum of Mohammed Ghaus, a writer, musician and Sufi saint of the 16th century. The building is surrounded by a park and can be used as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
But the most famous is the fort of Gwalior. The complex is located on a hill in the center of the city, was built by Hindu kings between the 8th and 14th century and extends over a length of about 2.5 km. There are also museums and mosques on the castle – they are worth a visit.
must go to Delhi, Nigel comes from New Zealand in 3 days and there is still a lot to prepare for our journey