Agra & The Taj Mahal

Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
We drove from Jaipur to Agra today .
Jaipur was colourful, vibrant and exciting despite the evident poverty of some people and the ever present piles of rubble and rubbish.
As we drove through Agra however it was totally different. There was no colour, just the incredible dirt and poverty. The occupants of our bus fell silent and no one took ant photos even. The part we drove through seemed like hell on earth to us.
Thankfully we drove past the worst part to our relatively clean hotel.
After lunch some of us braved the heat to visit Agra Fort. Agra Fort is a Unesco heritage site so thankfully there was good security to enter and NO HAWKERS !!!
It is a magnificent site with a drawbridge, palaces and gardens . It had a walled city surrounding it. Shah Jahan (who built the Taj Mahal) lived there.
Back to the hotel for dinner and an early night.

Up early to leave hotel at 5:30 for an early visit to the Taj Mahal. At 6:00am very few people there. Such am incredibly beautiful building. In the early light the white marble is almost like a mirage in the distance. With each step closer the wonder just increases. Also ones inside there were no hawkers, just photographers to hassle us. Spent a good two hours there and by the end crowds started to arrive.
Back to the hotel for a quick breakfast and onto the bus for the return to Delhi.
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