Not too thrilled about that, however I am encouraged that it took less than a week for the Indian Consulate here in Chicago to process my Visa and get it back to me.
Agra so that I can go see the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.
I didn't skimp on the hotel and am staying at the InterContinental at Nehru Place (jackets not required ;-p)
I will truly get to experience the two extremes of India train travel. Going, I'm traveling in one of the top classes (AC Executive Chair Class) but my return is in Sleeper Class. The difference in class of travel is staggering considering the price for each; $18 versus $3.80 and it promises to be very interesting.
3 hours each way so that will give me plenty of time to take it all in. I had to book the lower class return (gets back at 5:20pm) otherwise I wouldn't get back to Delhi until 9:15pm only to have to head directly to the Airport for my flight home (Leaves at 1:20 am). God forbid there was any delay on the train, I'd be fighting for my way home and based on a few sources I've chatted with, Indian trains aren't necessarily known for their timeliness.
They look the same from the outside, but ohhhh what a difference inside. Maybe it's good I'm getting the shots :-) But I will have my trusty backpack in tow, carrying the essentials. Sadly it's not the one I used for my extensive Europe trips as that one finally died a miserable death.
It's amazing that once I look at my agenda, I've realized how little time I truly have in India outside of the work schedule but I am going to squeeze every ounce/gram out of the free time I have.
Still have to figure out what I want to do on the Friday in New Delhi as well as the Monday in Hyderabad but I have time for that as there's no train travel or anything that I have to worry about.