India part 5 (Agra)

So our next destination, which we were enourmously excited about, was to Agra. We were finally off to see the Taj Mahal. Eeeeekkkkk!!!!

Unfortunately, our trip didn’t get off to a good start when we were told there was news of protests throughout Rajasthan resulting in all the trains being cancelled. After much waiting around and debate the easier option was to take a taxi there. This actually ended being quite fun, well despite the moody driver who hated us.The drive though allowed us to see monkeys which climbed all over the car, and beautiful painted elephants just casually being rode down the street. It was spectatular. As we had decided that the next day would be dedicated to visiting the Taj Mahal, we would spend the afternoon visiting a few other tourist spots. These included the Agra Fort, a historical fort built in the 16th Century, also known as The Red Fort due to the red sandstone with which it is built. Here we were able to glimpse our first sighting of the Taj Mahal in the distance. We also visited Tomb of i’timād-ud-daulah which is a mughal mausoleum often described as ‘jewel-box’, it reminded me of a mini Taj, but I later read it is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. Then to finish the day just as the sun was setting and you get that nice warm glow on everything, we went to Mehtab Bagh, which were the gardens overlooking the Taj Mahal and where we got to see the back view of it.It was such a breathtaking moment. It was peaceful there and as there were hardly any tourists around at that time of day it really was a special moment for the four of us to enjoy. We had finally reached our destination.


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