Thursday, November 19, 2009

2. Agra and the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, a Muslim mausoleum constructed in the mid 17th century is one of the wonders of the world. Literally. So, Lexi and I decided we had to make the trip all the way out to Agra (another city nearby to N. Delhi) to see it. We paid for a driver and traveled about 7 hours in one day to get there, but it was worth it. Funny thing, it costs only 20 rupees for Indian nationals to get in, but 750 for foreigners (15 dollars). Once inside though, everyone is in such an exuberant is hard not to get giddy. Especially when everyone, for some unknown reason, wants a picture with Lexi and I. Of course, absolutely no one took a good shot of us together. The best one we received is the shot above. As Lexi said, "isn't it artsy?" HA.

pure for sure...

I have no idea who this lady is, but she really like me. Notice the hand holding.

This picture needs a little explaining. On the way to Agra our driver stops the car, gets out, and tells us not to get out or unlock the doors. Or open the windows. Sketchy? Um, yes. So we are sitting there while many people come up and try to sell us things. Is this man trying to sell us his monkey? I really don't know. But i took a picture anyways. After which, he demanded money from us, but this would require our opening the door or window. As a result he got his friends together to intimidate us. They tried getting in the car. It was...not comfortable. Eventually the driver got in and we just drove on.

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