Grand Hotel Agra
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... at the Taj Mahal in the distance. Ironically his sarcophagus is next to his wife's ruining the complete symmetry of the place. We had time for a cup of masala chai and a plate of spicy chick peas for breakfast from the stall by the entrance to the gardens. Next to our bus a woman milked her buffalo. We then boarded the express train for Jhansi which took us through a desert landscape of scrub and jagged sand dunes and ...
... so the marble shone and just added to the awe and wonder of it all. We battled with the thousands of others to get our pictures and they really tell the story themselves. The TH is a monument of love built by Shah Jehan in 1630 for his Queen, Mumtaz Mahal, who on her deathbed (aged just 39; she bore the Shah 14 children only six of whom survived, it was child No 14 that finished her off) made the Shah promise two things.....that ...
... comes to an end I know I will miss wandering the streets and lanes of the oldest parts of cities like Agra, Varanasi, Bhaktapur and even Old Delhi the most. These places have been the centers of Indian life for centuries and continue to be for hundreds of millions of people and have an energy and vitality I've experienced nowhere else. What I won't miss is all the kids telling me I look like Ali Baba (I haven't shaved for over a month!).
Day 2 in Agra we ...
... dinner. The building was a tribute by Shah Jahan to his 2nd and favourite wife Mumtaj Who died giving birth to their child, and it's a fitting tribute in one of the great love stories. The restaurant ( wish I could remember it's name) is used by Intrepid all the time, Dale had a chicken rice dish, I had a vegetarian Indian dish with rice and Sunil has a mutton curry ( quite spicy but very nice), washed down with water and soft drinks tonight. The plan for tomorrow is to have ...
... Balaram's instructions to not look up till we were through the main archway. It was hazy though, which seemed to add a mystical charm to the whole scene. I'd read, and Balaram had told us, about how the government is trying to protect the Taj from getting discoloured by all the pollution There was no Taj by Sunrise though - the sun had well and truly risen by the time we'd cleared security and gotten in.
Unfortunately, it was Saturday - the Taj is closed on Fridays, and ...