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Baby Taj, Black Taj and Bertha the cow!

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First stop today was the Baby Taj. Essentially a much, much smaller version of the Taj Mahal with a square roof rather than a domed roof. This was the first building to be completed with white marble. It was really beautiful but unfortunately, after seeing the amazing Taj Mahal yesterday, we were a little less than overwhelmed.

Next stop, the site where supposedly the Black Taj was to be built. The story goes that after building the Taj Mahal, the Mogul Emperor planned to build an exact replica in black marble across the river. Before he could do this however, his son imprisoned him and took the position of Mogul Emperor for himself!

Then onto a marble carving place. We were shown how the decorative marble plates are made and the incredible level of work which goes into each one. Understandable then that we couldn't quite stretch our budget to afford anything in there. It would have been far too heavy to carry anyway!!

Our next stop was a jewellers. I found an amazing Indian dark star stone ring but I resisted! And Jo also restrained herself from buying any of the chunky silver bangles. We're so good!!

The last stop today was a local market. Jo and I were unimpressed by the lack of shiny things so we spent most our time on the minibus waiting for everyone to come back. But we did find a mascot for Felix and Sarah for the rest of their trip...Bertha the cow!!

Our train tonight doesn't leave until 10pm so we'll spend the rest of the day wasting time in Costa Coffee and Pizza Hut!!

Tam xx

Posted by Tam-Jo 20:48 Archived in India Tagged and india agra

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