I hope my future husband makes a building like that for me...too much to ask? :)
19.11.2012 - 19.11.2012
I left Delhi behind and took the train to Agra to see the world's most beautiful building. After all, I couldn't leave India without seeing the Taj! I took the first train in the morning, got into the town of Agra and went for lunch at a rooftop restaurant with this view:
Of course I had my favorite: garlic naan
I soon learned that that particular day, the entrance to the Taj was free because it was a holiday. Although I was already planning on going the next morning in order to see the sun rise over the Taj, I decided to go today as well. Why not? And the first view of the Taj was breathtaking!
Because the entrance was free that day, the lines were extremely long. All of the security, however, told us to go to the foreigner line which was the biggest VIP jump ever. Sometimes, it pays to be Western!
The walls had semi-precious stones in their design
I met another traveler from the UK who was traveling by himself as well. We teamed up and went for dinner that evening, having a drink at none other than the local Taj Hotel that evening. I love that hotel group!
Gorgeous fountains in the hotel
The next morning, I woke up early to see the sun rise at the Taj Mahal. A colleague in Sydney told me that I had to go for sunrise. When he went to the Taj, he was one of the first people in line and ran ahead as soon as the doors opened so that he could get a picture just the Taj and him and no one else. Unfotunately, the ladies line took forever because they seclude women in a different area for a pat-down, so that dream of getting a picture of me and the Taj and nobody else was quickly shattered because I'm a lady, but I think the pic that I was able to get turned out alright.
Touching the top of the Taj
That's one nice palace
Two boys holding hands inside the palace (Indian men hold hands--it's a cultural thing)
The mosque at the Taj
View from the veranda
Some locals sitting on the Taj
One last look at the Taj