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Travel Blogs from Agra
... Industries chimney stacks were causing the marble on the Taj to turn
black they shut it all down causing widespread unemployment and
poverty in the city.
Ashoke dropped us to the train station
and it was time to say our goodbyes, we were really grateful for our
time with Ashoke and wanted him to know this. We exchanged contact
details and left him with what we hoped was a generous tip. The
experience in the train station was one which is hard to describe.
... the way and we finally arrived in what seemed like the next village on the platform. It was mayhem when we were boarding the train! He found my seat, put my case under it and demanded his 1 - 1 Thousand not 1 hundred. By now I was frazzled, hot, being bumped from all directions so I just gave it to him. Then the cheeky bugger asked for 100 more. Once I was sat down and I saw the chaos at the next station, the £10 I was scammed out of suddenly became worth ...
... and went to join the small queue. 1400INR later we clutched the tickets so tightly no one was going to take them. £14 is a lot in India. The outer courtyard is made from red sandstone carved at the top creating a fort structure which surrounds the Taj Mahal. We had a look around this area for an hour or so taking lots of pictures eventually moving through to the main event. As you look through the inner south gate the Taj Mahal stands with a great presence surrounded by ...
... built 400 years ago by an emperor as a tomb for his favorite wife when she was giving birth to their 14th child. One of their sons later turned on his father and took over as emperor. He imprisoned his father and tortured him for several years in a prison cell with only a tiny window from which his father could see the Taj.
Deep knows history quite well, including that of the Taj so he would eaves drop on the tour guides and what they ...
... into participating, and again and again I explained that I choose not to because of my beliefs. They just don't accept it. Sad really, it at some level spoilt my experience of the place. However, the lesson learned is to avoid the guides if you do not want to have the religion thing pushed down your throat. Next it was Agra Fort. Another truly amazing place. Only about 20 or 30 percent of it is open to the public. The rest is occupied by the ...