Morning at the Taj Mahal.
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June 12th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
The Taj Mahal is literally right down the street from the hotel. We accepted a ride on the hotel golf cart and arrived at the East Gate at about 6:15am. The entrance fee was 750 rupees (about $17.50) per person. There weren’t large lines, but there were a good number of visitors already there. There was a tourist pile up at the entrance to get that iconic shot through the arched entrance gate.
The Taj Mahal is actually a monument and mausoleum, built by Shah Jahan for his favorite wife who died in childbirth.
We wandered the grounds for quite some time, finally departing at about 9:30am. As we exited, we were acosted by touts trying to sell everything from postcards to shoes. Everyone wanted to give us a ride, and didn’t seem to believe us when we said we didn’t need one. The hawkers don’t take NO, THANK YOU for an answer, and one really annoying young boy persisted in following us almost all the way back to the hotel!
For the rest of the day, we basically hibernated at the hotel.
It’s nice to have a splurge here in Agra, but tomorrow we will need to join the Real World again. We are off to Dubai! (Wait, is that considered the “real world”? Skiing in the desert? Outlandish hotels and shopping malls? Maybe not…!)
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