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... that highways don't need speed bumps every 10 feet; very refreshing. However, our van would not go over 40 miles per hour (driver claimed his tires were not big enough), so the 3 hour drive took about 6 hours. We did have nice lunch at a truck stop called Highway Massala, so that made the ride better. The highway ws basically straight through green farm land and the weather was awesome, maybe low to ...
... by both a wet and dry moat: respectively filled with crocodiles and dogs In former times. The fort was built by Akbar, the greatest moghul Emperor and father of the builder of the Taj. Now, as resident fort experts, we had come to expect ornate inlaid marble, frescoed walls, especially in the main Emperor's palace, women's palace, court for private audiences and court for public audiences. The fort also contained two ...
... out load, and with a singing intonation! We finally got to our Agra Hotel about 5:30AM. Talk about stuffed. Three hours sleep, strong coffee and it was time to hit the tourist trail! Most of the time on trains and buses, there are local people already sitting in your numbered seats. Contrary to advise from others (Hi Dave) that locals won't easily give up a seat that is not even their number, a stern look and firm hand gesture makes it very ...
... made welder ( photos were taken), motor bike workshops in alley ways and many wonderful things. Dale comments that this morning in the local areas has been less stressful than yesterday, which was in the tourist areas, and he's right, it feels authentic and real - without the touts! I find a little Airtel shop who sell me a pre paid mobile SIM card and put in an old IPhone I have, I have to wait a few days for it kick in, all up it cost 495 rupees ($10) ...
... the past we could actually go into the tower where Shah Jehan spent his last days, looking across the Yamuna at the Taj. I recall standing in that marbled tower, by the window where Shah Jehan may have lain - with a clear view of his beloved Mumtaz Mahal's mausoleum. Today, the tower is closed off, and the view of the Taj shrouded in smog and haze.
We made a quick stop at a place that did marble inlay work (all Very Expensive) before heading back to the hotel.