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... waiting room with a reduced number of flies. The earlier trains to Mumbai had been cancelled due to the flooding because of the monsoon, so we nervously waited ours. Ours did arrive, and the man said he thought we would be able to get the whole way to Mumbai. When we boarded the train, it was pitch black inside and soaked with water. We struggled to get our phones out to use as flashlights and then attempted to find ...
Up in the tuk tuk and back to the train station for our 9am journey to Agra which should take about 9 hours and luckily we had booked an AC2 carriage so should be fairly comfortable. Sure enough the journey was just fine, we read books and caught up on the blog whilst trying to eat the questionable cheese sandwiches we had previously ordered from the Hotel Harmony for the journey.
Arriving into Agra Cant station at 6pm we were met by a nice tuk tuk driver ...
... which we got to visit after lunch. Our local tour guide, Hemant, says the site is on the list of 1000 places to visit before you die. I will have to check that when I get home. As is typical it was good to be the maharajah, as the palaces were huge and obvious luxurious in their time. There is even a separate palace for guests. We have never seen anything of this type or architecture before. We were able to see several ...
... us for quite a while until we moved to the rear of the building and finally made our way to the front entrance to go inside. Designed to be perfectly symmetrical there are actually eight rooms in the Taj Mahal, but their only purpose is to expand the footprint of the building to the appropriate size. At the center is the huge mausoleum that houses the tombs for Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Maha. The incredible detail of the marble screens surrounding their tombs as well ...
We toured through a number of different rooms in the rooms of the palace where the Shah's grandparents lived. We also went through the Shah Jahan's own white marble palace and specifically the areas where his two surviving daughters lived. he architecture of the marble and semi-precious stonework was very similar to the Taj Mahal. There was a great attention to detail and it was highly skilled work. The palace was huge and very cool. It would ...