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Another early start today to catch a train to Agra! We're seriously losing track of whether or not 4am is bedtime or time to wake up!! So, you know the saying about sardines in a can? Yes, us in a train! We barely all managed to get on. We were supposed to have a bunk bed each to sleep our journey away on (much needed for me as I am currently feeling more than a litle under the weather!) but instead we were crammed four or five to a little bench and that was after Raghu kicked a whole bunch of people out of our seats!! The aisles were packed, it was hot and stuffy! I didn't have any room to put my feet on the floor and Tammy was cramped up in some tiny little space in the rafters! The low point for me had to be the constant presence of a man's crotch in my face!! So we spent a wonderful five or six hours in those conditions - fantastic! And then to top the journey off, getting off the train was so difficult that the train began to leave the station before we were all on the platform! Luckily it stopped again and we managed to get the last few stragglers (including Tammy, who is far too polite for India!) off the train!

We arrived at the hotel late in the morning and decided that we deserved a long lunch at Pizza Hut, only to discover half way through our meal that we had less than an hour before we were going out! Tam managed to grab a shower while I was paying the bill at Pizza Hut, but my lengthy shower times meant that I had to go out feeling very dirty and very ill!

Off to the fort in Agra - very impressive and it gave us our first views of the Taj Mahal across the river. Then onwards to the building itself. You may all call me ignorant now (and have every right to!) but I thought that the Taj Mahal was a palace, given that its so incredibly grand...... Turns out I was wrong - it's a tomb. The third wife of a Mogul emperor (forgive me for forgetting names!) was his favourite and requested, on her death bed, that he build something (anything!) to mark her burial place. So he built the Taj Mahal - he must have really loved her. So what do we have to say about the building? Amazing, truly beautiful, a stunning building, and completely, totally and utterly, unnecessary! I think she might have made do with something a little less extravagant, but then I suppose that shows what a romantic I am!!! Personally, I feel sorry for the first wife who was totally snubbed and buried under one of the gates leading into the Taj Mahal!! But under any circumstance, it was worth the visit! We must go back one day!!

Anyways, back to the hotel and out to dinner for Tammy! I am dying in bed! Room service for me and an early night!!

Jo xxx

Posted by Tam-Jo 20:30 Archived in India Tagged and india agra

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