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#95 - the taj mahal...and snow globes

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on the way to the taj mahal
we got up early & headed on down to the taj mahal.  it was about an hour or so south of vrindavan & we ended up getting there around 8am-ish, i think.  it was SOO crazy...as we pulled into the parking lot mark said, "be ready to be attacked" and that's exactly what happened.  before we even opened our doors, our car was literally surrounded (and i am not exaggerating) with rick-shaw drivers, tour guides and people selling all sorts of taj mahal chotch.  it was HILARIOUS! (and my favorite one was of the taj mahal in a snow globe.  just too funny!)

so we fought off all the people around the car & walked down to the taj.  it really was spectacular to see in person!  so enormous & gorgeous!  it took them 22 years to build that sucker.
camel rickshaw things to take you to the taj mahal
  and it's all done by hand.  by HAND.  so crazy!  the amount of detail on the tiles is nuts.  there are all sorts of stones that have been imported from different countries that is used as the inlays.  it may look painted, but it's not! 

mark & i decided to get a guide & we found this 50 yr-old man (which come to think of it - he looked MUCH older than 50 - is that right, mark?) who gave us the tour.  he bascially took our picture at a lot of different spots, told us about where the stones came from & told us the height of the buildings.  we didn't get too much more detail...but it was actually okay.  it was fun to walk around & one of my favorite parts was actually seeing all the other people coming to visit the taj.
that's me with the guard - he was kind of pointing his gun at mark
  there was a this HUGE family from ragastan...they were all in these incredibly beautifullly colored robes.  one of my highlights of the day was meeting them, sitting with them & taking pictures with them!  :)

it was so so so so so so hot down there.  oy.  i just can't get over how hot it is! 

when we drove back to vrindavan, we went over to mark's friend, neval's for lunch again.  they are just so nice!  his wife made us a delicious lunch again & we just hung out and chatted.  :)

after that - i was pooped and decided to chill in my AC room for a bit.  it's crazy how much energy it takes out of you doing things here!

mark had hindi class tonight so he had neval (his friend, but also his teacher!) and the other student come over to his place, so i got to listen to them learning hindi for a little while.
read the sign....i just love the misspellings
  i had realized i needed to get out money for my trip the next day, so i left during mark's class to go to the ATM.  i know it seems funny for me to be writing about a trip to the ATM - how exciting, right?...but seriously, it was an event.  mark had govin (the guy he has help him with things) go with me.  it was CRAZY. just walking to the ATM, walking in the streets with all the people, the traffic, the cows, the monkeys, etc....it was quite a little trip.  i also loved getting a chance to talk to govin.  he is just the nicest, smiliest man!  and i love the way he say "oh my god"...it is just so cute.

after mark's class, his friend tulsi (married to shaymdas) stopped by & we chatted with her for a bit.  she is a reiki practitioner & she is just so cool.  i loved getting a chance to hang out with her - just very good people.  then, we were starving so we went out for dinner.  it was so interesting - we actually went to this guy's house that he uses as a restaurant.  and he made us pizza & pasta.  not what you would expect!!! 

all around an amazing, interesting, awesome day!
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on the way to the taj mahal
on the way to the taj mahal
camel rickshaw things to take you …
camel rickshaw things to take you…
thats me with the guard - he was …
that's me with the guard - he was…
read the sign....i just love the m…
read the sign....i just love the …
the taj!
the taj!
me at the taj!
me at the taj!
me & mark at the taj!
me & mark at the taj!
love the framing on this one  (kin…
love the framing on this one (ki…
ta da!
ta da!
love all the colors
love all the colors
all of the colors are stones from …
all of the colors are stones from…
check out those tiles!
check out those tiles!
beautiful lotus flower - when the …
beautiful lotus flower - when the…
just hanging out in the taj.  NO P…
just hanging out in the taj. NO …
our guide, mr. han and mark
our guide, mr. han and mark
family from rajastan
family from rajastan
how gorgeous are there?!?
how gorgeous are there?!?
this is a whole family from rajast…
this is a whole family from rajas…
loved this girl....how adorable is…
loved this girl....how adorable i…
mark & one of the men from the fam…
mark & one of the men from the fa…
who knows what i am doing
who knows what i am doing
we kind of got it...we were trying…
we kind of got it...we were tryin…
photography prohibited
photography prohibited
thats our guide!
that's our guide!
the entrance gate.  there are 11 s…
the entrance gate. there are 11 …
guy trying to sell us marble stuff
guy trying to sell us marble stuff
guy trying to sell us snow globes …
guy trying to sell us snow globes…
Snow globe?  :)  they were EVERYWH…
Snow globe? :) they were EVERYW…
parking lot by the taj
parking lot by the taj
parking lot by the taj
parking lot by the taj
camel just chilling
camel just chilling
camel rickshaws
camel rickshaws
say cheese!
say cheese!
me in the cab on the way back to v…
me in the cab on the way back to …
toll booth
toll booth
toilat
toilat
ahhh - chai!!!!
ahhh - chai!!!!
mark drinking chai
mark drinking chai
our driver drinking chai
our driver drinking chai
another delicious lunch at nevals
another delicious lunch at neval's
mark and tulsi
mark and tulsi
me & mark at our pizza/pasta dinner
me & mark at our pizza/pasta dinner
the pizza/pasta chef - we had dinn…
the pizza/pasta chef - we had din…
marks picture of krishna...i love…
mark's picture of krishna...i lov…
marks apartment
mark's apartment
marks apartment
mark's apartment
marks apartment
mark's apartment
mark acting natural  :)
mark "acting natural" :)
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