As soon as I stepped into the Taj Nature Walk, I was hit by what I have missed the most lately: the sweet serenity of nature. Gone was the incessant beeping of horns. Absent were the stares and jeers from passers-by. In place of these things was the rustle of leaves as birds twitted about, the blur of fur as squirrels rushed to a new tree, the gentle whisper of a fresh breeze. I began to breathe deeply. And I began to realise how long it’s been since I have been in a natural place, unspoiled by human waste and free from noise pollution. As I walked about I came across couples secreting themselves away. It was a while before I realised it was because it’s Valentine’s Day today. Putting aside my single-ness, it was a nice atmosphere to be amongst. Love was certainly in the air.

Best of all were the views of the Taj Mahal. Framed beautifully by plant life, the ultimate symbol of love shone beautifully in the nearly-dusk light. I really can’t wait to see it up close tomorrow! Today I spent the morning relaxing, reading and washing clothes. In the afternoon I headed out for an adventure and that was when I came across the Nature Walk. I returned home just as it got dark, but headed out soon after on foot to Time2Eat Mama Chicken, where I ordered a scrumptious chilli chicken dish and veg tandoori momos, followed by a butterscotch milkshake. It’s been a while since I have had meat and I loved it so much I am already looking forward to returning there tomorrow night.


Accommodation $ Guesthouse
Distance ridden today 21.68km
Average cycling speed 11.7kph
Total distance ridden 17,663km