Sunday, October 28, 2007

Delhi-Agra, India: 23June07

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is very impressive. It is beautiful. Seeing it in the sunset is a magical moment. The white mable first takes on a rich golden sheen, then slowly turns pink, red and finally blue with the changing of light.

On the train to Agra, i met Dario, a Mexican. He then decided to travel with me to Khajuraho and Varanasi, skipped his trip to Jaipur. So, for the next 4 or 5 days, i wouldn't be alone. The feelings of with Dario were different from when i was with Mathieu and Vivien. i feel comfortable and in ease totally with both Vivien and Mathieu. There are just some kind of special link among us.

There are actually nothing as much in Agra except for the Taj. i dealt with the riskshaw drivers most of the time. We got a bad experience with a cycle riskshaw driver at Agra Old Town though. The old man kept wanted to bring us to some kind of emporium eventhough we told him that we were rushing to go back to see the sunset at Taj. He got really nasty and rude in the end and i was really furious that i just wanted to walk off without even pay him a cent! He didn't get us to where we wanted to go anyway. Dario paid him though and we got another cycle riskshaw to send us back to the town.

i hate people to be dishonest but unfortunately, in a place like India, not all but most riskshaw drivers are just liers. Taj Mahal nowsaday is not as romantic afterall.

The massive red-sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of the Yamuna River.

The Taj was bilt by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his second wife who died giving birth to their fourteenth child in 1631. The death of Mumtazh Mahal left the emperor so heartbroken tht his hair is said to have turned grey overnight. The construction took 22 years, completed in 1653 with 20,000 people worked on the bulding. It took the equivalent cost of US$70 million today.

Taj Mahal. This sublime Mughal monument is the most extravagant monument ever built for love.
an Indian poet describe it as "a teardrop oon the face of eternity".

The red sand stone gateway of Taj Mahal.

The Taj in sunset before the sky got darker.
It actually looks more beautiful from the back of it across the river.

Taj in the sunset.

The Taj from Agra town.

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