The Taj Mahal!!!

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
Trip End Jun 28, 2009

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Flag of India  , Uttar Pradesh,
Monday, November 24, 2008

Yesterday, we left Delhi and drove to Agra. Before we left, we walked around Delhi for an hour or so. The air was very clean and there were not too many people on the streets because it was Sunday. We walked all the way around Connaught Circle. Then we drove south to Agra. It

This morning, I saw the Taj Mahal, the most photographed monument in the entire world! It was made by a Moghul King, who was Muslim for his most beautiful wife. She died having their 14th child while he was in battle. But before she died, she asked him to do three things:

1. Not marry again
2. Take care of their kids
3. Make her a big monument to be buried in

After she died, he took 22 years to build the Taj Mahal, a huge white building made of white marble and precious stones. After it was built, one of his sons killed his other brothers and then put the king under house arrest for life. The King had planned to build a black Taj Mahal across the river from the one for his wife, but he died before he got out of prison. He went blind because he could see the Taj Mahal from his room and he cried every day because he was so sad.

The Taj Mahal is an amazing huge site, one of the most famous in the world. It looks kind of like a Turkish building, with minurets. The queen and king are both buried in it.

After the Taj, we went to see how they made it by watching some men do inlay work. They have to sit all day carving tiny stones like lapis, coral, and other stones to put into white marble. I tried to do it and it is very hard. We also saw some very old jewelry. We went swimming at lunch, which felt great! Then we went to see the Red Fort and the Baby Taj Mahal. However, on the way to see the baby Taj Mahal, we got in a huge traffic jam for over an hour. In India, there are so many different kinds of vehicles and things on the road, and no one obeys the traffic rules. So you have tuk-tuks, cars, trucks, buses, rickshaws, carts pulled by camels, oxen, and donkeys, horse carts, cows, pigs, dogs, and lots and lots of people. Everyone is rushing somewhere. I saw a police man who was just standing there while some huge trucks went the wrong way down a street. After a long time, we decided just to go see the Red Fort. The fort was the home and palace of the king and it was where he was under house arrest. It was also made of marble and pretty amazing. It had a moat around it with crocodiles and another dirt area where they used to keep tigers and leopards to keep away enemies. It worked because it was never attacked.

Tonight, we had a babysitter while my parents had dinner downstairs. Tomorrow, we say goodbye to Indrajit, which makes me very very sad.
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