Having to check out of our first hotel today meant we finally got up before 12 pm. We were up and ready and out of the hotel by around 10ish and luckily for Alex, this meant we had enough time before we checked into our new hotel to head to the zoo.
However, even though it seemed we may miss the heat due to it being so early we definitely underestimated the level to which it could reach at this early time. So getting our trusted Uber to the 'Zoological park' we prepared for the humidity. The first thing that we noticed on getting to the zoo was the extent to which the prices varied from Indians to tourists, although we had seen this in a few monuments before and due to this could expect this to be the case. There was also a camera fee in which must be paid to take any camera in bigger than your phone.
After entering the zoo and getting through the security and the ticket offices, we headed off to see the animals they had to offer. The zoo was a lot larger and was more well kept than we had expected it to be, as the animals had large enclosures and most had ponds in which to cool off in.
The monkeys were probably the most entertaining there as they ran wild around the park. We saw them jumping from tree to tree and assumed that it would be the monkey enclosure although this was not the case as they had the ability to move where ever whenever, they even had a little wheelbarrow in which their food was kept for them to pick out of.
With the food, it was clearly obvious who was the boss within the pack as he sat there eating by himself out of their given food while the other monkeys feared away. We also got to see some tigers playing around and animals such as hippos and elephants. However, due to us not being used to the humidity and the heat just yet we left around 12 pm to head back and collect our bags to move on to the other hotel where we would later meet our group.
As soon as we reached the new hotel there was the need to shower again (We have been showering approx. 3 times a day and even then I sometimes feel the need for another one). Once we had set our stuff and freshened up to a point where we felt that we could venture out into the heat of India again we set off to find some lunch. We came across this little Indian/ Chinese restaurant where we finally found some alcohol and decided that the stress had gotten to us enough and there was the need for a drink.
A couple of drinks later and some really tasty food we head back to the hotel to meet our soon to be tour group.
Once we had all become acquainted with each other it was good to know that we had found other drinkers on our trip and we soon ended up in a bar.
Getting to the bar called Lady Baba we soon noticed that it was completely silent and after a couple of minutes had passed we clocked on to the idea that it was, in fact, an all deaf event and everyone was using sign language to communicate with each other. I immediately thought this was a pretty amazing idea as it brought those who may have struggled socially into a very social environment and meant that those connections could be built.
After a few funny and enjoyable drinks here we soon boarded a Tuk Tuk home and due to there being four of us one was going to have to sit on the same seat as the driver. This, of course, ended up being Alex who to grip on had to hold onto the metal bar which made for a brilliant picture of Alex with his arm around the Tuk Tuk driver. We soon arrived back to our hotel and with the thought of having to get up at 7 am the next day dawned on us we were quick to get into bed and sleep.
Who we are...
Currently, we are both studying English literature at Brighton University. Both were brought up in London, meaning we have lived in two of the biggest tourist destinations in England as Brighton and London see a mass of tourist each year. This led to us wanting to know how people really experienced the places they travelled to and us wanting to share what we honestly thought of the trips we have been on. Both negative and positive, but ultimately the truth. We hope that by sharing our experience that others will also be inspired to travel and have more knowledge of the places they are going. Thus, making them safer and more comfortable.
As much as we have tried, we can’t go to every destination in the world, and we met many people travelling and over the internet who had amazing stories of where they had been. We loved them sharing their experiences with us so decided to share their experiences with the world through the site.
As always get in contact with us if you have a story to share or just have a question.
Safe travels always,
Elly & Alex