Another Universe Part 2

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.

The first glance through the gates

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

 

~ Stoked to be able to share this post over with the #IBOT community, zoom on over if you’re yet to! ~

 

 

December 4, 2012 - 7:21 am

The Life of Clare - What a fantastic experience! I’m really hoping that we do get there next year. Keeping my fingers crossed!

December 4, 2012 - 7:58 am

EssentiallyJess - It seems rather harsh that a location that is credited as being one of the mos romantic in the world, doesn’t even let couples line up together! I wonder if they have caught people being ‘naughty’ before 😉

December 4, 2012 - 7:59 am

Aroha @ Colours of Sunset - Have to admit, India doesn’t even make the top 10 of my places I’d like to go list, but this place is stunning, and there’s definitely a pull to see it in person. For now I’ll settle for your pictures! Must have been completely awe-inspiring!

December 4, 2012 - 8:08 am

Lyndal - gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous photos… i love them!

#teamIBOT

December 4, 2012 - 8:11 am

iSophie - She deserves a marble shrine monument for giving birth to 14 children! It’s a shame he didn’t start it after the 13th, rather then it taking her dying for him to think of it.

December 4, 2012 - 9:59 am

Cider In The Sun - Fingers crossed for you too Clare!!! x

December 4, 2012 - 10:01 am

Cider In The Sun - Haha yeah I was rather shocked when we got told YOU that way and YOU that way..! Who knows what these people get up to, as we’ve established there aren’t many rules they abide by!

December 4, 2012 - 10:16 am

Cider In The Sun - Thank Del xx

December 4, 2012 - 10:16 am

Cider In The Sun - So true Sophie, the thought had crossed my mind! x

December 4, 2012 - 10:22 am

Josefa @always Josefa - what a gorgeous place to visit
and a wonderful post to describe it

was it chaotic? or could you catch a moment of serenity while there?

lovely photos
xx

December 4, 2012 - 11:07 am

Eleise @ A Very Blended Family - What an awesome experience! The more I read about India, the more intriged I am to visit, just not sure about the cleanliness. Looking forward to part 3. Team #Ibot

December 4, 2012 - 6:58 pm

Kaz @ Melting Moments - Stunning! Thanks for sharing. Love the No Trespassing on the Grass rule… um.. why wouldn’t you want to park yourself on that nice lawn?

December 4, 2012 - 7:10 pm

Cider In The Sun - Josefa, it was rather busy but there was definitely some time for some silent reflection. X

December 4, 2012 - 7:12 pm

Cider In The Sun - Eleise, If you’re one for cleanliness then possibly not the best place! I am a super clean freak sometimes so I really had to look past many a thing! But it is rather intriguing place x

December 4, 2012 - 7:13 pm

Cider In The Sun - Kaz, I know the grass was very very lovely but it still made me lol with regards to their complete dismissal of so many signs! Haha

December 7, 2012 - 12:34 pm

Kelly HTandT - Oh my lovely girl I am totally green with travel envy! I love your beautiful photos, India sounds amazing. xx

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