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So we arrived in Delhi with a massive shock.
The driving is, well, not exactly driving as I know it. Essentially the lines for lanes are just there for decoration and who needs indicators when you've got horns. But 6 days in and I've just learnt that you go with the flow, if you waited to cross the street with no traffic you'd be there for days …
... of elephants, camels, horses and donkeys and work continued 24 hours a day for the full 22 years.
What's interesting is that India's most famous building is actually of Muslim creation, in a country that is 80% Hindu, but is clearly enjoyed and appreciated by all Indians.
We decided to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Partly because it is much cooler at the ...
... see his cell and vantage point of his stunning creation. So later in the afternoon after the sun's beating rays became bearable again we went to the Amber fort.
Another fort, but this one's story and setting made it one of my favourites. It is also one of the largest and still functioning forts in India. As a result we were only allowed to wander through 30% of it. We walked through the many rooms and finally after climbing a seemingly random staircase found the side ...
... as at any airport security, including a cursory pat down. For the past 3 or 4 years Singhji is no longer allowed to guide his tours through the Taj Mahal, so we were introduced to another official guide, the best one Singhji knew. He was excellent, and we could understand most of what he told us. We spent most of our time there learning about the history of this beautiful building, and walked around ...
... out of there. We walked all around it, including the mosque on the side of the Taj where prayers are done every Friday (the Taj is closed on Fridays because of this).
The Taj Mahal is a really nice construction, but it didn’t make such a big impression on us. Maybe it was because of the crowds or just because we got up too early but comparing it to other similar buildings it just wasn’t such a nice highlight how everybody makes it to sound.