January 10, 2010

The Taj!

So after our scammy day in Delhi, we woke up early to head to Agra which is where the Taj Mahal is located. Although the distance between the two cities is only 180km, it's actually a 4.5 hour drive (due to maniacal auto drivers, dangerous lorries and...er...cows on the road.)

It was worth the trip though. The Taj is beautiful! It's amazing that it was built solely as the tomb for one lovely lady.

We had a shifty tour guide who convinced us to cut the very, very, very long queues to get inside the Taj to see the tomb. At the time we were shocked, but on looking back, he literally saved us 2 hours in line.

Agra's sole industry is tourism so there wasn't much else to do there. We visited (were dragged to) by the tour guide to a silk carpet shop and a marble works store.

Doing some Marble work!

Finally, we were ready to head home on our 4 hour journey back to Delhi. Halfway home, the car suddenly starts to make weird noises and then STOPS. What the heck? The driver managed to pull over the shoulder where we sat for 30 minutes before we were told that it wouldn't start again. We (and when I say we, I mean the boys) managed to push the car to the nearest roadside restaurant where we sat for three hours until another car came to pick us up.


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