Agra and the Taj Mahal

We got the 8am train from Delhi to Agra. It is a new express train that only takes 2 hours and was very comfortable. On arrival to Zostel which was the hostel we had booked, we were able to check in straight away which was nice as we were pretty tired. After an hour or so chilling out we headed to Agra Fort.

The Fort was great, we’d been recommended to get a guide and we managed to get one for only 200 rupees (Ā£2.50). Our guide had such great knowledge of the Fort and we definitely wouldn’t have noticed half of the things he pointed out had we done it on our own.

After the Fort we headed back to the hostel for a rest before setting out for a walk to a free sunset point we had heard about where you can see the Taj Mahal. Luckily it was free cause it wasn’t a very nice setting with rubbish, animals and filthy water all around. Despite all this Charlie managed to get some nice photos.img_0875 We had a pretty chilled night as we were up early to go see the Taj Mahal at sunrise.

Our alarm goes off at 5am and we struggled out of bed and got ourselves ready. We walked in the dark down to the ticket office where a bunch of people were also waiting. We got there at 6am and the ticket office didn’t open until 6.30am so everyone waits around as the line behind you gets longer and longer. It’s a mad rush when the office opens and once you have your ticket you then have the fast walk ahead to reach the gate for the Taj Mahal as quickly as possible. This is because there is then a que to get into the Taj that you need to wait in. Arriving there we weren’t too far back but guys and girls have to line up separately to get searched so once the gate opened Charlie’s line moved much faster than mine. Finally getting into the Taj around 6.45am felt great and it wasn’t too busy yet.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0820.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0806.We spent our time walking around and taking it all in as well as searching for the best spots to take photos from. Everyone is after the iconic water reflection photo and I think Charlie got it absolutely spot on…img_0876The sunrise here is so interesting to watch, when it first starts to rise you don’t really see much of it and then all of a sudden a bright red sun appears turning the sky orange!img_0879 When we were leaving the amount of people inside had doubled however the line outside was practically empty.

We spent the afternoon chilling out at the hostel before getting our first night train to Jaipur!

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