Behold, the Taj Mahal
Day 3, Delhi, India. The group made a pilgrimage to Agra, India which is about a three to four hour bus ride from Delhi. We awoke at 6:00am and had breakfast at our hotel. We bordered our bus around 6:45am and headed south. There was no traffic at this time so we made great time getting out of the city. As the urban sprawl faded the landscape of much of India revealed itself as fields of crops as far as the eye could see. There were the occasional field being used for the local children to play cricket and scattered smoke stacks indicating brick kilns but for the most part the land is for farming. It was nice to see this change from the densely populated city of Delhi. We arrived in Agra and went directly to the Taj Mahal where we were greeted with 97 degree temperatures! Our entrance tickets included a bottle of water and a pair of shoe covers (which Demitri insisted on wearing the rest of the day) that were required to enter the Taj Mahal. This Mausoleum is truly a wonder of the world. It does not matter if you are far away admiring its splendor or close at hand marveling at its intricate detail this is a once in a lifetime experience. As you wandered around the grounds it was near impossible to take your eyes off of the Taj Mahal. 97 degrees is hot so our air condition lunch spot was a welcome relief. After lunch we toured a artizan shop that produced the same kind of inlayed stone work found on the Taj Mahal. The group caught up on some sleep on the ride back to Delhi. Dinner was followed by a stroll through the streets of the local Karol Bagh.