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One of our favourite days so far! We met a friend from Katie's last trip to India, Vijay, who drove us to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. It's completely breath taking, no words can really describe what an amazing sight it is! We felt blessed to have seen it on such a beautiful sunny day. Vijay took us to Agra on the new toll road, which only took 3 hours instead of 6, so there ...
... how late it is. Standing on a train platform at 10PM in freezing cold wind for hours in not quite as much fun as the Bollywood movies will have you believe. The overnight sleeper trains are a lot more fun than the normal seat trains. I actually quite enjoyed having the top bunk. Everyone else always wants the bottom or middle so they can easily do the loo run in the middle of the night presumably. On the top bunk your day pack is out of harms ...
... opportunity. Sunil then leads us into the maze of old Delhi, built by the same bloke who built the Taj to house the workers who built the Red Fort for him, we are told to keep an eye on wallets and phones as there are lots of pickpockets in this area. But it's fine, we stop for a chai in one of these narrow lanes with electricity lines hanging low, it's little off putting when a rat runs from the gutter under my feet to the other side of the lane - I decide ...
After posing at the entrance, we get more pictures taken at Princess Diana's bench. Apparently, this is a very famous photo of her looking very lonely, just s few months before she left Prince Charles.
After the Taj Mahal, we went to a marble store, and learned how the marble was mined for the Taj Mahal. Needless to say, lots of marble for sale.
Then, back to the hotel for lunch.
At 3:00 pm, we depart again, this ...
... then was still here, and I hear slightly stressed at having to reprise a recipe from a quarter of a century ago. Dinner was a Downton Abbey affair with the staff standing at the periphery, ready to leap into action if anyone made as much as a twitch in the direction of one of the dishes. Needless to say, the biryani was as good as before.
There was so much food...we shamelessly, quickly and readily accepted P's invitation to come back for lunch tomorrow, on our way to Delhi.