Saturday, October 21, 2006

Journey to the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal was the touristy bit at the end of the trip. Jill, Russell and I were the first in at 6am and had the place to ourselves. The ubiquitous photo of the long path and pond with the monument at the end was not to be experienced, as it was pitch dark and covered in fog. We couldn't see the Taj Mahal until suddenly, its glowing white marble appeared in front of us.

We then bribed a guard and he took us up one of the towers before the busloads of tourists arrived. I feel extremely privileged that we had those first 30 minutes to ourselves where we could truly appreciate its beauty and peace.

Pics (all lomos so that's why the colours are weird):
  • Shoes we had to wear in the tomb
  • One of the towers through thick fog and the first tourists other than ourselves we saw
  • A close up of the marble inside the tomb
  • In front of the Taj Mahal on a dry river bed

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