Sunday, December 6, 2009

Whirlwind trip to the Taj Mahal

It was a whirlwind trip to the Taj Mahal. Neither Kruti nor I had been there since we were nine years old and we wanted to see it again together so we squeezed in a ten-hour trip to Agra on our way to meeting our friends in Ranthambhore. From Rishikesh we drove to Delhi, dropped off Jay & Tonia and my parents at the airport for their flights back to the States, and caught a late train from Delhi that reached Agra at 1am. My uncle, Ashok Mama, had recommended a wonderful hotel called the Taj Khema – basic, government-owned, only INR1,400 (US$30) per night, with an incredible view of the Taj Mahal from the lawn. After checking in we bundled up, sat on the lawn, and spent a half-hour with the Taj (and a chorus of wild dogs) under the moonlight. Our alarm clock woke us up at 5:30am so that we could visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. It was stunning. Too beautiful for words. And pictures. But see the photos anyway. We wish we had more time but at 10am we boarded another train to our next destination, Ranthambhore.

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