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... being finished around 1653 AD. The craftsmanship, engineering, design and artistry are amazing. There are even various optical illusions design into the building. It is hard not to be awed by the work these people did all those years ago.
After the Taj several of the team opted for a camel ride back to the van, while others -like Bob - tried to avoid being attacked by either camel or monkey. This was done with limited success.
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... We posed for endless photographs with a "professional" photographer -- but when in Agra you can't miss the moment. And to have a few shots free of other visitors was great.
The Taj is an impressive momument to the love story of Emperor Shah Jahan and his third wife Mumtaz Mahal, who bore him 14 children before dying of scepticemia during the final birth. Following her death, the heartbroken Emperor ...
... the same or maybe it was my very short Turkish haircut!!!!
The train trip was only three hours through country with lots of small villages and fields of crops. Poverty everywhere you looked and people just sitting around in groups or sleeping alone. Very basic housing and huts.
... with fizz, toast and strawberry jam, banana ( me), and I had 2 masala teas ( Dale got one but didn't drink it. Bloody piker!) . Quick check of the Vodaphone shop nearby to see if I can get a local pre paid SIM card but no luck they don't open for 2 days. As we're early by Indian standards we decide to walk the local area, we head the other direction from the hotel ( to what we walked yesterday). This is a local area, very few foreigners, actually we're the only ...
... you the sights, with commentary they've parroted countless times. Then (and this is the important part to them!), they inevitably take us to 1-2 shops which pay them a commission for anything we buy. It's usually good for a wasted hour, but on the upside, the air con is welcome, as well as a courtesy drink which usually offered. It goes with the territory, and we just grin and bear it, ...