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Agra

Agra didn’t seem like a nice town. Everywhere seems devoted to tourists; even outside my window were people hanging laundry–not other hotels like there had been in other areas. I guess it wasn’t too different form parts of Dublin or Korea.

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I went to Agra Fort and Taj Mahal.

 

Taj Mahal

I headed for the Taj Mahal around 4:30 and got back to the hotel around 7:30. Main takeaways:

  • the security has AK47s which look fake
  • the security office is covered with monkeys
  • more pictures were taken of me than i took for the Taj Mahal itself (not really, but close)
  • it IS amazing and beautiful

I expected it to be overrated but it 100% is not. Very overwhelming in it’s size and beauty.

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I almost did not go in because the line was so long and I thought nothing could beat the outside but I found out that I had an express ticket and I got in quick. It did not seem like an express ticket but more of just cutting the line as there are not two separate areas, just an area with a guard to let you in past everyone else with a general ticket. With the express ticket you also get shoe covers and a bottle of water.

Inside did not live up to the outside but it was very intricately carved. There are many police with whistles and signs saying ‘no photos’ but everyone was taking them (with the flash on) which kind of ruins the moment. So do the pigeons inside flying above your head.

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The sunset was beautiful.

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When going there one rickshaw man would NOT leave me alone. I said no about 7 times, was standing in the free shuttle area and he kept asking so I yelled at him. Worked better than I thought because I never saw him again. I ended up walking back because the shuttle was taking ages and kept filling up with people from the hotel nearby and not taking anyone else. Of course, right after I started walking I saw the people I had been standing next to go past in a shuttle.

Oh, and this happened:

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Agra Fort

Agra Fort has 2 parts: red and white. I’ve no idea why anyone would make the white part (signs said it was what the ruler liked and was in fashion) because i couldn’t see! Glare was everywhere! I also just like red more in general. The very outside looks fine…

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…but when you first get in (the courtyard and viewing wall I suppose) lots of the area is decaying and a lot which i thought was cool.

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Couldn’t go up to the lookout/viewing wall which i thought would have been amazing but once fully inside the buildings there are great viewing points, including a whole side to the Taj Mahal. There were 2 gardens too–3 if you count the outside.

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I didn’t see many foreigners which meant I got stared at a lot. One girl kept glaring at me and I had no idea why…right before she left she smiled at me though. Strange one…Boys followed me around and giggled too–and by ‘boys’ I don’t mean 7 year olds, I mean 23 year olds. There were chipmunks too! They have a vertical jump that went about to my knees!

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