Grand Hotel Agra
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We then moved to Taj Mahal. Foreigners pay more but bypass the huge queue. There is heavy security and separate male and female queues. I stood and watched as a soldier searched Gills bag and threw away our bag of mints (no food stuff allowed).
The Taj Mahal is a very familiar image but the reality is unexpected. It is larger than we expected and the detail in the marble is stunning. The whole complex including the gate and four ...
... the Taj Mahal but the truth is that words do not do it justice. The pictures below should tell a better story. However, this is the only monument in India that we have visited so far, that the metal detectors and security checks are taken properly seriously. Bags have to undergo additional checks and even additional batteries for a DSLR are not allowed.
This was all we had time for in Agra, and so the 'Golden Triangle' adventure is ...
... at 4:45 am was a completely transformed city; quiet and dark. Then we turned the corner at the end of our road and toooooot, toooooot, tooooot, back we were. Delhi is no different at 4:45am or pm.
The desperation of people is everywhere. People sleeping on the streets, pavements, in the rickshaws or on a make shift floor, let alone bed. We arrived at the train station to find what can only be described as a river of people asleep on the ...
... claimed we only had 600 rupees on us, and needed petrol to get back. He said he’d accept 500, leaving us enough to return to where we were staying. We handed over a fiver, signed the form, and carried on our way, grateful that we keep our biggest wad of cash in a separate purse in the bottom of my bag.
We took a drive into Old Goa, visiting a few old cathedrals that if I’m honest did nothing to impress me.
If you weren’t aware, Goa is a state that ...
... is now almost as famous as the Taj itself! After around 3 hours we headed back to the hotel for a bit of breakfast. After a bit more planning (it feels like in India we have to plan so much more than we have had to do in any other country L ) we headed out for lunch to a spot called Green Park, just down the road as it came highly recommended on Tripadvisor. We chilled out in the garden there and had a (rather disappointing) curry whilst we talked a lot about the ...