The Embodiment of all Things Pure
Trip Start May 01, 2010
90Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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We slept a little bit despite a group of locals getting on in the early hours and switching the lights on and talking loudly
We pulled into Agra at 6am passing through the outskirts of the city where people squatted on large rubbish piles next to the railway tracks. Outside the station we met a nice taxi driver who drove us to the main tourist area near to the Taj Mahal while playing Backstreet Boys on the stereo! After trying a few different guesthouses which were all full we eventually checked into the Taj Guesthouse, which was nice enough but located down a little side alley where raw sewage flowed in the side gutters. We spent the rest of the day relaxing after our long journey ready for rising early the next morning to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise.
We left the hotel at 5.45am and walked in the darkness to the eastern gate where we purchased our tickets and waited in the queue for the gates to open. The Taj Mahal is such a familiar iconic building that you worry that seeing it might be the amazing experience you are hoping for. Fortunately, this was absolutely not the case. It is without doubt the most beautiful building that either of us has ever seen
Then it was back to our hotel to pack for our long journey north, through Delhi and up into the Himalayan foothills where we are looking forward to some crisp mountain air and cooler temperatures.