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Agra: Jan. 27 - Part 3

Location: Agra, India


The ancient city walls are small reminders of what used to be a powerful fortress. Today, the stones rest in fields, undisturbed by human activity.

Fatehpur Sikri, an ancient ruins of what used to be the capital city near Agra.

At the edge of a big field where several games of cricket were underway, and where hundreds of cow patties were drying, these tents and apartments are evidence that this place is both city and rural village at the same time.

Entering Agra we had to pass through what appeared to be the slums where garbage was dumped anywhere and everywhere.

On a city street sharing the road with cars and buses, this man delivers cow patties - it is almost shocking to realize that though India is a developing country that is a hub of the Internet industry, it is still dragging both feet in a distant past.

India is young as well as ancient. So many children, and not born into poverty.

Agra is a holy city, a city of history, a city of culture.

From a rooftop restaurant looking onto the old city of Agra.

It was a strange experience, relaxing and enjoying a meal while the Taj Mahal served as a background to our evening. Everyone in the restaurant was busy taking photographs, writing in journals or just sitting entranced by the grandeur of this temple built for love.

Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Our hotel, the Howard Plaza.

Yes, we were there. This was why we came. This is a dream come true. The rest of the trip was just an incredible bonus ... and it isn't over yet!



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Fatehpur Sikri, an ancient ruins of what used to be the capital city near Agra.

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The ancient city walls are small reminders of what used to be a powerful fortress. Today, the stones rest in fields, undisturbed by human activity.

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Entering Agra we had to pass through what appeared to be the slums where garbage was dumped anywhere and everywhere.

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At the edge of a big field where several games of cricket were underway, and where hundreds of cow patties were drying, these tents and apartments are evidence that this place is both city and rural village at the same time.

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India is young as well as ancient. So many children, and not born into poverty.

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On a city street sharing the road with cars and buses, this man delivers cow patties - it is almost shocking to realize that though India is a developing country that is a hub of the Internet industry, it is still dragging both feet in a distant past.

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From a rooftop restaurant looking onto the old city of Agra.

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Agra is a holy city, a city of history, a city of culture.

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Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.

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It was a strange experience, relaxing and enjoying a meal while the Taj Mahal served as a background to our evening. Everyone in the restaurant was busy taking photographs, writing in journals or just sitting entranced by the grandeur of this temple built for love.

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Yes, we were there. This was why we came. This is a dream come true. The rest of the trip was just an incredible bonus ... and it isn't over yet!

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Our hotel, the Howard Plaza.