And so it goes on ….
After “6 hours driving” which turned into a good 9 hours due to the ever lovely Indian traffic jam (which we found out was due to another festival) we finally arrived at the next stop on our Indian adventure aka eye opening trip of the millennium, was Agra, the home of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the stunning Taj Mahal. This one the clincher for my YES to visiting India, I was so excited.
We lined up in our designated queues, one for foreign men, one for foreign woman, I’m still yet to understand why this was, all I know is I am glad I was not in the Indian woman line, which spanned for hundreds of meters. Those women had a good hour-ish wait on their hands while I had a breezy 15 minutes. I paid 750INR and they paid 20INR, so fairs fair ladies!
Slight back ground for those that don’t know, this extravagant marble monument was built by Shah Jahan in 1653 as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal (who died while giving birth to their fourteenth child!). The beautiful mausoleum took 22 years and 22000 craftsmen to build! How’s that for a show of love.. the man bringing in the washing off the line doesn’t seem so amazing after all, does it.
The place was alive and buzzing with excitement, people had come from far and wide to view this marble symphony. We were lucky that we arrived with enough time to catch the sunset, which brings with it so many different colours that wash over the Taj. The white marble glows with the orange and then the pink and finally a purple/blue as the sun disappeared into the smog over the horizon.
There arent too many words that can describe how amazing it is standing in front of one of the worlds most romantic monuments. I hope the pics have given you a little in sight in to what a camera really can’t do justice to.
Oh, and the grassy shot, well, there was about 40 + signs around advising “No trespassing on grass area” “Not permitted on garden” “Do not stand on the grass”.. and as you can see, as with every other instance in India, RULES SHMULES! Ever defiant.
Tune in for part 3 next Tuesday.. xx
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