Thursday, April 7, 2011


Our last destination in India was Agra.  We had every intention of taking a train from Jaipur to Agra, but unfortunately there were protests happening on the tracks.  Due to the protests, we changed plans and decided to find a driver to take us to Agra.  This was a lot easier said than done.  We tried different people, but most weren't keen on the trip as the protests also fell on the major highways between Jaipur and Agra.  This meant that a lot of country roads had to be taken making the trip even longer than usual.  In the end, we shared a ride with a random English couple that stayed at the same guesthouse as us.  The one cool thing about it all was that we were able to drive in an Ambassador, which is a super cool old-school car.  The one bad thing about it all is that we had so sit in an Ambassador for a total of 10 hours! The Ambassador is a sweet ride...just not as amazing when you are in it for so long and having to share the back seat with two other people.  Guess who got stuck in the middle? You got it, me.

On our way to Agra, we stopped by Fatehpur Sikri.  It was built to be a new capital, but after 15 years, it was abandoned due to a lack of water available.  It is simply a deserted city now.  The next day we were up at dawn and standing in line to get into the Taj Mahal by 6 am.  We were let in an hour later and it was truly incredible to see.  The Taj Mahal is beautiful.  We spent a few hours just walking around the premises and enjoying seeing the splendor of it all.  The day we were at the Taj was kind of hazy which gave our pictures a not as crisp feel to them.  That said, I still had a wonderful day and am so happy Matt and I were able to see it together.  After that we went over to Agra Fort for a quick look around.  Then we were off to Delhi via our driver Danesh!

Fatehpur Sikri

Inside Fatehpur Sikri and my love for hallways and the window screen carvings continue.

Look carefully and you'll see the crazy man who jumped into this nasty green water that was absolutely filthy.

Taj Mahal and Us!

Best picture minus the closed eyes!

One of the mirroring guest houses to the side of the Taj Mahal.

Silhouette of the Taj Mahal. 

Agra Fort

Inside Agra Fort - A cute old man and an old part of the fort.

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