Sunday 22nd October 2017 (Day 25)
We were happy to get out of Jaipur and only booked one night in Agra as knew we only wanted to see two things there and leave. We stayed in ‘Bedweiser hostel’ which was perfect and cheap and round the corner from the Taj Mahal. A 4 hour train from Jaipur and another rickshaw and we were there. We checked in and off we walked to the Taj to see what the fuss was about. Theres 4 entrances and ticket halls were nowhere near the entrances so we walked around a fair bit trying to figure out the situation. We finally found a ticket hall and were told we couldn’t take our bags inside. Lets do this tomorrow instead.
We walked back, bought some beers and chilled at the hostel. That night we went to the Bob Marley restaurant down the road. I had spinach and potato curry and Nick had a tandoori chicken sandwhich. Food was so nice. I couldn’t eat all my rice and ask to take it away (I could eat it tomorrow!) and then saw a skinny dog on the way home. She had my rice. 🙂
Next day we woke up at 5.30am to catch the sunrise at the Taj. Apparently everyone else had the same idea. It was mobbed and we were in the queue for 50 minutes before we got in. The womens queue was feisty and there were a lot of tourists. The indian women kept attempting to jump the queue in large groups and the tourists weren’t having any of it. “Go away” brushing them off with their hands said a couple of 6 foot German women. I would have gone away too.
When we finally got in, it was breathtaking. Huge, white and ‘a present for someones wife?!’. Can totally see why its one of the 7 wonders of the world. We then got a rickshaw to Agra fort. We were thinking “Ugh, another fort” but we were stunned. It was a beautiful fort which you could easily get lost in. Absolutely huge and apparently half of it is occupied by the military. We left Agra happy that we did exactly what we came to do and next was Delhi. We were hoping for Delhi to be similar to Mumbai and booked for two nights. It looked lively on the drive in and we had high hopes.