|Admired by all, visited by many- The amazing Taj Mahal|
I’m beginning to like the roadside Dhabas and the great plains of India which had looked so monotonous to me at first. Back then, all I saw was endless plains plodded with huts and buildings in between. Now the endless plains looked much more vibrant. I’ve found a new eye and a new sense of observing and not coming to any conclusion or judgment. I just let myself be free on the road and to the realms of plains my eyes can see.
Agra is the most visited city in India. People traveled from the ends of the world to see Taj Mahal, once in their lifetime. It’s possible to make a return trip to
A government owned AC bus cost only RS.343 and is as good as any bus. I love long rides because it gives you enough time to travel inward to yourself as well.
|A journey well begun, with the first light of dawn. It's fun to watch the sun gaining strength and the scene changing around it.|
|The tormenting heat is already here in Agra. Summer sets earlier in Agra than Delhi. This summer hats are a good option to block the sun. Don't worry too much about the price. If they say Rs.200, it means Rs.50.|
|Taj Mahal is such a widely reproduced monument in terms of Photographs, sculptures and paintings. So the photography trick is to explore new angles not too common. Taj Mahal is the highest earning heritage monument in India.|
|I wanted to get a shot of Agra Fort by night so I stopped here before heading for the Taj Mahotsav festival.|
|I began the day at Agra Fort. Seen here is a bird's eye view of Taj Mahal from the terrace of Agra Fort through the haze of dust.|
|It was already 3pm by the time I got back from Mehtab Bagh. It much cheaper if you jump into some bus on your own. But if you don't have too much choice and you are in a hurry you've got to pay at least Rs. 400 to booking agencies for a ticket. The ride home was pleasant. It got cooler as we neared Delhi. And by 9:30 pm I was back in Delhi a lot richer in memories and knowledge. To say the least Taj Mahal inspires you. |
Agra has very few days of pleasant weather left. Make the most of it before summer's spoils the show.
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