The Taj Mahal!
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I had a good breakfast from the rooftop of the Hare Krishna hotel and made my way up to the train station at New Delhi. Had an interesting chat whilst waiting at the platform for the train to Agra! Has anyone else ever noticed how they play the Windows startup and shutdown tunes over the tannoy? You can also pass a lot of time by counting how many rats are running around the rail tracks! Had a pleasant trip to Agra, took about 3 1/2 hours in total passing through Mathura (the birthplace of Krishna).
I arrived in Agra Cantonement (in my bid for a less polluted India I try to take the cycle rickshaws whenever possible, they need the money and it's much better for environment), and made my way to the Taj Ganj area, where I stayed in Shanti Lodge for one night - good hotel!
In the afternoon I spent about 4 hours at the Taj Mahal, no pictures of photos can do it justice in comparison to seeing it in real life! I felt amazed to be standing in front of one of the worlds wonders, it was lovely to have time to reflect on life there as it has a really calming presence.
The change in colour of the Taj Mahal is magnificent as you see it in bright white in the sunshine, and then changes to a yellowish colour as the sun sets. I was amazed by how many people were actually there, and by the amount of Indian Tourists wanting to take my photo there.... it's happens to loads of tourists in India!
Had food back at hotel late at night, and tries to get a good sleep as my train is leaving at 6.20am for Jaipur!