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Patti's Passages’s Travel Diary

Monday, 04 Sep 2006

Location: Delhi, India

MapHello! I'm in Delhi, actually I've been here since Sat night. Yesterday, Monday, we went to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. We were picked at 6 am, had to get an early start because it's a 4 hour car ride to Agra. Divya said we had a more comfortable ride than she's had in the past, in our Toyota Qualis.

First, we stopped at the greatest known monument to love, the Taj Mahal. It really is impressive, and to be generic, pictures don't do it justice. We spent a couple hours wondering around the Taj Mahal. It's grand and just amazing the detail that's gone into decorating it.

Next, we went to Agra Fort, or the Red Fort. Delhi also has a Red Fort that we'll be visiting today. They're red because of the red sandstone. The living part is made out of white marble. There's also a fabulous view from Shah Jahan's quarters onto to Taj Mahal. He always had a good view of his wfe's mausoleum.

Finally, we stopped at Sikandra, which is Akbar's Mausoleum. It wasn't what I expected. Once through the entrance gate, it was all lush grass and animals. I had seen a few monkies at Agra Fort, but they were nothing compared to Sikandra. There were the monkies, langurs -not monkies, they have a long tail, peacocks, other birds, deer, and another sort with antlers. After walking down the brick path, we reached the Mausoleum entrance. The sun was setting, so there wasn't much light in entrance foyer. I walkd downt he long dimly light corridor to enter the tomb chamber. It was a simple high-ceiled room; at the center was the unadorned white tomb. The guard told me that the ceiling was 75 meters (or was it feet) and that echos last 5 seconds. His "Allah" did last more than 5 seconds and it was impressive.

It took another 4 hours after dark to make it back to the YWCA. We ere exhausted since it was after 11 pm. We managed to get showers and then drifted off to sleep.