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... Apparently the Maharajah, created the Sanctuary, so he could shoot ducks.
Next, we stop at the Laxmi Villas Palace for another buffet lunch, where we enjoyed French fries.
Then we head to Fatehpur Sikri, where we are mobbed by sales persons of all ages. The only way to avoid the pestering, is to totally ignore them, not make eye contact, and do not speak a word. Feel so rude doing this, but ...
... the local craftsmen at work. Youngsters were carving away pieces of marble with hand tools and gluing inlays into place before sanding and polishing the finished article into something really quite special. Then came the selling and trying to explain that everything we own is on our backs and we have no home to send all this stuff can be quite challenging at times.
Finally we grabbed some Indian sweets and made our way out of there. Next stop... ...
... It is a pretty white marble building which predates the Taj. Some of the boys in the group had done jumping shots in front of the real Taj and decided to do some more here. They did one awesome photo with one kicking at the other bent back like he was hit. It was hilarious trying to set it up right though. At sunset, we went to a garden that overlooked the back of the Taj, to get more photos. For dinner, I had a curry called mushroom mattar. So creamy and ...
... Mahal, so his ambitious 3rd son decided to take matters into his own hands. He had his 3 other brothers killed and ended up jailing his father in order to assume the kingship. The story goes that he was not totally bad as he was able to hold the kingdom together and replenish the coffers of the treasury. As a couple of us were feeling a little under the weather from the past 2 days of touring around in the extreme heat, and possibly from ...
... starting with the most expensive and then moving to the cheapest when he realises that you are not that interested in buying.
After we had politely made our excuses and left the salesrooms empty-handed we made our way to the Taj Mahal, one of the highlights of our trip. To get to the Taj you have to walk or bus 1 km from the ticket office to the entrance gate. This involves passing lots of little stores trying to sell you more gaudy souvenirs. When you hit the gate you have ...