Agra and Of Course… The Taj
An early morning start for the 6am train to Agra was rewarded by everything miraculously running to time. Breakfast onboard was an unusual affair comprising biscuits, boiled sweets, bottled water, tea, bread & jam and veggie patties with tomato sauce – I did eat it all though!…
Our first stop in Agra was the Red Fort an amazing and seemingly endless complex of palaces for the Moghul emperor, first and second wives and multiple concubine complexes.
Our guide was excellent and showed us the inspiration for the Taj Mahal within the second wife’s living quarters (for whom the tomb was created).
He didn’t, however, point out that I was beaten by about 400 years to the idea of hexagonal designs!
We got our first tantalising glimpse of The Taj. It was still an incredible sight despite the morning haze.
Most of the afternoon was spent wandering around The Taj and I must say it exceeded my expectations. Unlike most iconic monuments I have visited it is actually much larger and more beautiful than I imagined.
Visiting inside the tomb was not the serene and spiritual experience one might expect. Although there were signs on the way in to request silence the pushing and constant whistle blowing by the Indian wardens gave it a strange cattle corralling air.