taj mahal- means "crown palace". this muslim mausoleum (burial chamber) built for emperor shah jahan's third and favorite wife. took 22 years to finish, by 20,000 workers. finished in 1649.
akbar's tomb- akbar was raj of india, ruled from agra
agra fort- akbar had fort built to protect agra
it's so super cliche, but i thought the taj mahal was so beautiful, so indescribably amazing. i felt emotional when i saw it. my emotion could have been a combination of things--- but i felt really lucky to see it. ben said, "yeah, this is definitely one of those places that is better to see in person."
i think i loved the tiny ornate details like the red and green flowers and the excerpts from the quran in black stone (as seen in the first photo).
things to remember:
i love how camels look like they have a constant goofy expression.
both delhi and agra train stations were so crowded, so messy, so filthy, so smelly.
india smells. incense, curry, masalas and food, human waste, nice flowers, rotten garbage, body odor.
such a stark contrast from being at these beautiful sights and then going back onto the crazy street. really difficult to swallow.
travel is a privilege.
tombs are so huge for important people here.
lunch was ok. we don't like meat still on the bones. we's lazy americans.
annoying tour guide at agra fort, wished he would leave us alone but he was included with the cab ride.
saw tons of shops, bought nothing. saw persian rugs being made. amazing.
almost caught the wrong train back to delhi. finally got the correct one and sat by nice people and then alone for the rest of train ride. it was a big relief.
tuk tuk to delhi airport "broke" down and then driver told us to take a bus. we caught a cab, luckily, but we think tuk tuk driver broke down on purpose. jerk face.