drive to Fatehpur

After I visited the Red Fort I began a several hour drive to the ancient capital of India at Fatehpur Sikri located a few hours to the west.  The drive gave me a chance to see the countryside and to see some local Indian people.

Throughout the drive we passed all sorts of animals, many running wild through the streets.  We passed a herd of water buffalo and had to slow down to avoid a collision.  I shot a photo of them as we drove by.  Unlike most countries, the roads that connect Indian cities are not highways or even multi-lane roads.  The main roads that connect the cities are one lane highways that are regularly congested with cattle, local traffic, pedestrians and all sorts of other road hazards.  I also noticed all sorts of transportation methods including horseback, motorcycle, rickshaw, and even little donkey carts.

What should have been an hour-long ride took 2 1/2 hours.  It seemed that we were always stuck in some sort of traffic.

With the massive overpopulation that I saw in India, I was a bit surprised to see this business; I made sure to capture a photo:

At one small town the traffic came to absolute gridlock for about a 1/2 hour as we watched some political rallies march by.  I am not sure what the rallies were for and my driver spoke no English but it was heartening to see the Indian people actively participating in the Democratic process.

India has a long way to come in waste management; it seemed that everywhere I looked there was a large pile of trash or some other form of pollution.  I can see amazing potential for India’s growth should they ever find the ability to upgrade their national infrastructure.


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