taj majal to damn small
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A trip to India is not complete with out a trip to the taj majal. Of course all 1.2 billion people living on the sub-continent seemed to agree. Getting to the Taj from our hotel in Mathura, a trip of about 30 kilometers took about 2 hours. The traffic was horrible, but there were many great sites to be seen! The whole area around the Taj is a giant park, which is nice because the city around it was not the most serene place... The walk fro the car dropoff point to the taj was nice and pleasant and hot. not to many kids, just some guys in ricksaws trying to make a few extra bucks. Then we arrived to the outergates of the Taj, where we were met by a huge line of indians waiting to get in.
There we were met by a guy who was working for a store who gave us a quick tour on the outside, he pretneded to be a goverment sponcered tourist agent.... yea right! We ditched him and headed to the Taj, and what a magnificant site it was. Only problem was the it was packed with thousands of people, some of them kind of obnoxious.... come on indians, if your going all this way to see this site please show it a little respect.
The inside of the taj was cool, you need to see it to believe it with all sorts of acoustic properties.
Leaving the taj was a mess. First we went souviner shopping and then there was the walk back to the car. A child approached oleg trying to sell stuff, and he actually talked back! Then the kid summoned about 10 more sellers and they swarmed on poor oleg. Oleg then payed them to leave, and they jumped on me. I did not buy anything but this kid did throw a taj majal magnet at me when i entered the car, i promptly throwed it back.
Guide to taj: Get there early
Don't talk to little kids, ignore them
Sweat a lot. The admissions fee includes a bottle of water... take it!