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... Jaypee Palace, Agra.
On the bus again at 8:00 am. It's going to be a long day. First stop after a couple of hours on the road, is a pit stop at a Hotel right on the highway. After another hour or so, we arrive at the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, where we get on rickshaws, and are peddled thru part of the Sanctuary. We see a number of birds, but mostly from the distance. But it is a ...
... Pricess Diana shots, but that seems to be a pipe dream. Everybody is clamouring for positions – mainly the Indian tourists – and it feels like a giant bundle. The aim of the day was to see the Taj at Sunset. It’s pretty awe-inspiring once you look past the crowds. You do get moved round like sheep to keep the flow moving but the intricate details of the craftsmanship are amazing.
With time to spare before our train we took a chance ...
... outside the gates. We got ripped off, because the seller didn't have any change and just took whatever we gave him. And the people selling drinks tried to charge us 100 rupees each for a bottle of Sprite. We nearly threw it back at him in disgust. He still tried to tell us 150 for two, but he eventually took the 100 I had in my hand for two of us. Next, a building called Baby Taj which was a monument to someone's husband? I don't know, I think we were all ...
... this time no renovations have been necessary as the marble withstands all the elements, Another mosque which matches the first mosque sits to the right of the temple to balance the three . Symmetry was very important to the King, so although it completed the symmetry, it was never used as a mosque, but rather, a summer home for the King. The King neglected his kingdom and nearly emptied the treasury during the 22 years it took to complete ...
... fish and an outer one with crocodiles. Finally there was Jehangir's Palace that had arches reminiscent of Moor architecture in Europe.
After the Agra Fort we had the usual visits to marble and souvenir salesrooms. This seems to be a core part of guided tours in India. These visits involve an overly-friendly salesman telling you about how his organisation makes the wears that you are looking at over a cup of tea. Then he starts to show you a whole bunch of stuff that is ...