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Gateway to the Taj

Gateway to the Taj

 

    (Day 3 of our trip) The hotel we stayed was half a kilometer form the Taj (Oberoy Amarvilas offers you a magnificient view of the Taj), so we decided to jog our way. Taj, The wonder, opens to public at 6:30 AM everyday. Entry fee Rs.20/- for nationalities and Rs.750/- for non citizens. You see more non citizens than Indians at any point of time; May be because of its wonder of the world status. Even after entering in to its compound after a security check, the Taj still stays hidden from view until you pass another layer of the fort, and through its door you get to catch a full glimpse of the magnificent structure built by Shajahan. Form then on, Your cameras get busy all by your intuition. No wonder its the most photographed monument on this planet. Even though you are free to take as many photographs of the structure form outside, its a strict No-No inside. The art on its marble walls are amazing. You also can get a view of the famous Agra fort situated across the Yamuna River. It is sad to see the Taj losing its color due to pollution.

The immortal symbol of Love

The immortal symbol of Love

      The Taj keeps you so captured that you will not realise the time passing until its 10 AM and you feel hungry. We got back to our hotel, got ready and after breakfast, we went to another famous structure – The Agra Palace.

 

Agra fort

Agra fort

     Unfortunately, it started to rain by the time we reached there. We toured the fort completely drenched. With its ultra strong walls the fort still looks new from its entrance. The fort is huge, with red walls and completely marble inside. It has the mughal king’s addressing stage, a jail, a palace, water storage area and many small gardens. A part of the fort is closed for maintenance and entry is restricted. The fort is similar to the one projected in the movie Jodha Akbar. You get a magnificient view of the Taj from this fort. This is where Shajahan spent the rest of his life watchin the Taj mahal after his arrest.

 

Taj from Agra fort

Taj from Agra fort

Through Shajahan's eyes

Through Shajahan's eyes

     It was 4 PM by the time we left the fort. It was raining cats and dogs and we were cought up in the flood for hours in the middle of road. As water had rushed into exhaust pipes, many automobile engines refused to start there by adding to the jam. After getting out of it, we had to rush to delhi at full speed thanks to our driver Balbir Singh. We had our dinner at friend’s place and reached Railway station by 9:30, just in time to catch Howrah-Delhi-kalka mail. To our badluck, the train was delayed by 2 hours!. The old delhi railway station is unhygenic and full of rats.

                        The H-D-K mail finally arrived at 11:30PM. He managed to cover the distance by over speeding the train and we reached Kalka half an hour late of schedule.

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