This should proabably be two posts, but I am strapped for time and the internet service here is sucky. Went on a little tour of Old Delhi with my friend Rahul day before yesterday and then spent the day in Agra yesterday, where we visited the Red Fort, had lunch at a great restaurant called The Park Restaurant, and finally of course went to see the famed Taj Mahal. After that we had a couple of hours to kill and so went to walk around the town (it was pretty rustic).
The Fort was unbelievable, and I was as impressed by the engineering of the fountains as I was by the layout and amazing spaces present inside the grounds. The Taj Mahal on the other hand, was an utter disappointment. Talk about over rated. It was…nice…I suppose, with a lot of beautiful detail work, blah blah, but failed to move me in any meaningful way. Was it that it had been so over hyped like some hollywood blockbuster that the actual experience could not fail to disappoint? Was it the gross overpowering smell of feet in the inner tomb sanctum? (everyone was required of course to remove their shoes before entering the main plateau of the Taj). Was it the obvious megalomania of the guy that built it? Was it the exhorbinate rate they charge foreigners to enter (about 40 times the Indian rate)? You got me, but for my money Agra is definitely worth a trip, but the Taj I could never see and not be bothered at all.
Quick note about the pics. They were uploaded at lower quality than normal to save time and I will try to upload higher quality ones soon if I can get a better internet connection. I also hope to get around to captioning and cleanup. But FWIW, here they are: