Today was the first day I got a taste of Indian sunshine.
Just before noon, I got a call from DN, asking me to meet him downstairs. I looked at myself in the mirror one last time before I grabbed my room key and my purse. I opened the door to leave, flipped around and locked it behind me. As I went downstairs, I searched for him. I looked ahead, and I could see that he was standing just outside the hotel doors. I passed reception on my way out, and Uncle smiled, saying “Good morning.” I waved, smiled and wished him a good morning as well. Such a nice man.
When I opened the door, the air didn’t seem much warmer than yesterday… Until I was standing in the sunshine. Wow. I have to admit that a few days of being trapped in a hotel room and otherwise enduring cloudy days, made me want to stretch out and bask in the sun. What a great feeling! I greeted DN, and introduced myself to Via. DN informed me that we would be walking to our destination. I said, “Okay. Let’s go.” We left the parking area of the hotel and merged right into oncoming traffic. Still so strange for me. Everyone was out today. DN asked me if I’d like a taxi. I said, “No, I’m okay with walking.” We continued walking for a few minutes more. I’m not sure what made him decide to, but he signaled a taxi anyway. By the way, when people talk about a taxi in Jhansi, they mean an auto rickshaw. At least, that’s what I have come to understand.
We made our way to the fort, made our way inside, and began the great exploration.The halls of Jhansi Fort. Just a beautiful shot of the grounds below. ♥ A beautiful view, from the top of the Jhansi Fort. The Indian flag at the top of the fort. ♥ Look at that. 😀 Via pointed this out. “DN”
DN, Via and I made our way to the Shiva Temple. After looking for it for so long. 😀 We finally found it. I was pretty worn out at this point, but I’ve always wanted to pray at a Shiva Temple. Via was kind enough to hold my things, while DN and I entered together. I studied the way DN prayed. I wanted to do the same things he did… I asked him, later, to show me how to pray the way he prays. ♥Here’s the outside view of Shiva Temple. I didn’t know if it might be considered disrespectful to take pictures of the inside of the temple. So I decided not to, to be safe.
We also stopped by the Temple of Ganesh. I wanted to get closer, but I wasn’t sure how close I could get. I said my prayer to Ganeshji and we were on our way.Temple of Ganeshji
Jhansi Fort is a special historical place that tells one of my favorite stories: The story of Jhansi ki Rani – The Queen of Jhansi. Read more about that story here: Rani Lakshmibai
Over all, the experience was awesome! I just became too hot, and needed water constantly. I’ll be better prepared to handle the heat, next time!