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I thought that we are only going to Agra to see Taj Mahal and yes, that was absolutely breathtaking, but there was so much more in Agra to see... We were at Taj Mahal with the sunrise. You only see it by walking through the gates and it's out there in its unbelievable beauty. It was a similar feeling to the one when I saw Big Ben for the first time - being so familiar with something and seeing it in real life. Taj Mahal looked exactly like on the pictures, but real. I felt ...
... on the walls but was in an unrestored state.
Lastly on to the Mehtab Barg, some gardens across the polluted river from the Taj. The day was so foggy that the Taj was barely visible on the other side of the river and the fog didn't lift all ...
... and charged into the 6 lanes of cars buses, trucks, rickshaws, ox carts, bikes, all with horns blaring. We think this is enough adrenalin for the morning, and wander into to the back streets, where we find local markets, vegetable stalls, and lots of really interesting shops. We see locals off to work with their crib tins, rickshaw drivers loaded to the hilt with other people's crib tins stacked up to deliver to their work places, rickshaws with gas cylinders, ...
... in the 1500's, it is huge. There is a great view of the Taj Mahal from the Fort, but we could not see it due to the pollution haze. But I did darken one of the pics I took, and surprise, a mere hint of the Taj appeared.
We headed back to the hotel, and said good bye to our awesome tour guide Balbir. The rest of the trip will not be the same without him.
... No eye contact was made - between S and me.
TAJ MAHAL BY MOONLIGHT (NOT) & DINNER AT DOWNTON
We were dropped back at our hotel by P and her still unsmiling cops. After a shower and changing into slightly less riff raff clothes, we met Baldev at 8.10PM (sharp) for our excursion to the Taj by moonlight. The procedure now was even more involved - we were dropped off at the electric vehicle pick up point and had to go into a building nearby - our passports were ...