|Concerning window damage!|
The journey was reasonably pleasant, despite the surround sound snoring from our our fellow passengers. Although our journey was 3 hours, some would be on it for 3 days ending in Kerala, South India. Watching the countryside change from shanty town, to lush green fields and back again was fascinating. We arrived in Agra bang on queue and without tempting fate, our train experience was excellent. 1 down 2 to go!
|View from our train window|
We arrived at our hotel, Taj Resorts and what a find. An excellent standard, all the mod-cons and even central heating!!!! It also boasts a view of the Taj Mahal from the roof terrace. Finding these hotels is not luck. Sonja has spent months researching this trip and it is paying off. I can't thank her enough, it is making this trip very smooth indeed. After checking in, we headed off to explore the area and catch a glimpse of the Taj Mahal as the sun set from the edge of the river Yamuna.
|Rear of Taj at sunset|
|Looking across river Yamuna|
|Most tourists do Agra in a day trip. Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and off. We were in no rush so took 2 days. We rose early on day 2 (6am) to get to the Taj Mahal for sunrise. We've seen the photos and heard other traveller's tales of the Taj, so were keen to see it for ourselves. I have to say it is magnificent. It caters for all. Whether it be the romantic story behind it's birth, the perfect architectural symmetry from all 4 sides, the way it changes shades as the sun rises and sets or maybe a bit of all the above.|
|HoldenFells do the Taj Mahal|
|Sunrise behind the Taj|
After a siesta to recover form the early start, we headed across town to visit Agra Fort. More accurately, a small city behind a huge red sandstone wall about 96 acres in siz built in 1568.
It has housed much Royalty over the years and most famously the man who built the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan. He was arrested was deposed by his son, Aurangzeb, in the fort. It is rumored that Shah Jahan died in Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony with a view of the Taj Mahal. A surprisingly good tour aided by our much able guide, who's name escapes me.
|Our guide (left) and Sonja|
|Kings garden where grapes used to be harvested|
|Taj in background|
|Our Agra visit now complete, we headed to bed for an early night. Tomorrow another train journey awaited us. We'd be catching the 6.30am train to Jaipur, our home for the next 3 days.|
|Taj in background|