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January 17th, 2010 – by: tirsomaldonado
As the weather was not that good, instead of going back to Taj Mahal we went to visit the Small Taj Mahal. This building was even built before the original Taj Mahal. It was very foggy so we didn’t take too many shots. Right from there we headed the Red Fortress.
Red Fortress started in 1556 and it took 95 years to finish it by 4 successive emperors. That’s why you see many different styles on its construction. Today only 25% of the fortress is open for the general public and the Indian Army is using the rest. From several places you have nice views over Taj Mahal, but due to the fog we saw nothing ☹ The emperor who conducted its construction spent his last years (8 years) arrested in one of the rooms overlooking Taj Mahal.
After the Red Fortress we went for lunch. Guess where??? Pizza Hut! Yeah yeah, I know, a real traveler should go to experience some real local food, but Silvia is pregnant and I’ve had bad stomach for the last 4 days! ☺ So we had pizza, salad and a huge ice cream with cookies ☺ After lunch we went shopping! There are not too many places besides the bazaars next to the Taj Mahal entrance. We ended up buying some sandals, bracelets and magnets! It was a whole experience as to bargain is a national practice ☺ In one of the stores, they wanted to sell us a pair of sandals for 700 Rs and we ended up taking 2 pairs for 500 Rs. One of the funniest situations was when a young kid came to me and ask me: “Sir, sir, do you want to buy magnets?” and I replied: “Yes, I want to buy some magnets”. Other kids heard me and suddenly 20 kids, all of them wanting me to visit his/her family store, surrounded me! Amazing! I wish somebody could have recorded it!
We ended up having dinner in the room watching a couple of movies! ☺
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