Rahi Tourist Bungalow
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... emperors and the Taj Mahal was actually built for the favorite wife of the emperor who was dying and wanted him to erect a monument above her tomb. Impressively, it took only +/- 20 years to build it ! And the king jailed by his third son (who had killed the two first sons) could watch from his room the construction of his wife's resting place before eventually dying and being buried by his daughter next to his wife in the Mausoleum of the Taj Mahal ! We also got to ...
... in horrendous traffic for most of it. This was because we past at least 7 weddings and 20 wedding celebrations. There were lights everywhere. We stopped twice. Once to see a group of women dancing in the street and the other time to see a man with beautiful traditional clothes on riding a huge white horse. He was the groom headed to pick up his bride. Our taxi driver seemed to be on some sort of drug by the last hour. He went from chanting to singing crazy fast funny ...
... He didn’t really know what to do with himself. I told him I wanted him to spend it on JUST him, and on anything he wanted. He was so overwhelmed he just wrapped himself around me and gave me a huge hug. I think I MAY end up going back to China with a little Indian boy. <3 I found Taryn in a shop across the way, and helped her to haggle them WAY down and then Prince and his friend walked us to the exit to find Mukul.
Mukul drove us to our lunch ...
... in the air as we entered the gates to catch our first glimpse. As we toured about the grounds, the sunlight continued to lighten up the building and skies. It was magical to see it transform through varying shades of light and color throughout the morning. Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the remains of his cherished wife, the Taj Mahal stands on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in Agra, India. The famed ...
... victory gate, supposed to be one of the best in the world.
It was almost dark when we got back to our driver Raton. The cost was that we now had to drive in the dark on to Agra. This produced a further adition to our list of ways to avoid dying in India - never get into a moving vehicle after dark. We are excited by the prospect of seeing the Taj Mahal tomorrow and ready to go into battle against the vendors once again.