The first leg of our Golden Triangle trip was to Delhi. Got to see some very cool things, and took a bike rickshaw through Old Delhi. Also got to see the Qutub Minar (which is the tallest completely stone structure) – I could’ve swore I took pictures, but I can’t find them, so I will get some from a friend to post. I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t utilize my time well in Delhi. I was exhausted after our long week of classes and traveling that I just wanted to chill out and recuperate, and I got a haircut!
From Delhi we had a 5-hour bus ride to get to Agra. Arriving in Agra we went to a cool textile shop, where I made some purchases for my mom and sister. But it was an early night because we had a 5am wake up call for the Taj Mahal. It is impossible to accurately describe how beautiful the Taj Mahal is, rather, it just needs to be experienced (so do it!). But we went right after sunrise, so the way in which the sun hits the Taj at sunrise is breathtaking, it pretty much glows from the sunlight. One thing I didn’t know going in to seeing the Taj was how small it is inside. History Lesson: The Taj was built by Shah Jahan for his 3rd and favorite wife (she gave him 14 children, but died in child birth), and she asked that he build something to remember her forever…so she got the Taj Mahal…where they both rest in peace together side by side inside. Here are some of my favorite pictures.
|Taj Mahal from the South|
|Taj glowing in the morning sun|
|View from just outside the mausoleum, glowing again.|
From the Taj Mahal, we went back to the hotel to eat breakfast and then ventured out again, this time to Agra Fort. It’s this crazy expansive fort that is mostly red. I had more fun exploring the nooks of the fort than I did the Taj because the Taj is “what you see is what you get” while the fort had all these passages and rooms that were open to explore. Again, here are some pictures…I was also completely surprised when we looked out to the east and the Taj Mahal was sitting there in all it’s glory.
|Map of Agra Fort|
|Taj from inside Agra Fort|
|Taj one last time|