Trip Start Aug 04, 2012
45Trip End Feb 14, 2013
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Looking back at my last entry I would guess this is all about the Taj Mahel and our time in Agra. Our journey to Agra was interesting. The road went from being non existent to a fully functional dual carrigeway during the day but not before we had to cross the central reservation to get round a more than broken down truck and then actually ran out of road (it hadn't been completed and just stopped) which meant we went off road for a few k's. This also meant getting the truck stuck but luckily that was only a minor issue
On the same day, we headed to Agra Fort which is reasonably impressive but the main reason for going I suppose is that the king who built the Taj (for his wife as a simple act of Love) got put under house arrest by his own sun in Agra Fort. The real kick in the teeth I suppose being that his quarters looked straight out back towards the Taj. We later went to the 'baby Taj' which was built before the big Taj Mahal as a kind of warm up exercise I suppose! O I meant to say, the four tours of the big Taj are all leaning out slightly away from the main building, this in the event of an earthquake means the towers would fall away from the main building! In the evening we headed to the other side of the river to see the sunset with a view of the Taj from behind. It was probably one of the best sunsets I've seen, setting over the streets of Agra, very Indian!
We are now in Jaipur or the 'Pink city' and I suppose we are now getting a flavour of the more 'typical' India. I hate saying that any country has a typical image, but in this instance we are seeing more colour, spices, good markets etc but I'll write more about here another time as right now I'm spent writing, as I am sure you are reading!