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Published: April 22nd 2018
Checked out, so its me Luke, Sunny and William going on this little road trip.. Exciting.. 'We're on the road to no where'
We're heading to Agra, to see the Taj Mahal. Sunny's jeans and jacket, didn't end up getting dropped here, so we're having to detour through Jaipur to collect them from a random bus somewhere.. haha!!
All loaded into his car, nice car, a white VW polo. William in the front, which i was glad about coz he coughs soooo much and doesn't put his hand to his mouth.
Sunny drives really fast, its like being in a racing car computer game, him wizzing in and out of the cars, we will get to these places in no time.. haha!!
We arrived at Jaipur and bloody hell its a busy place, sort of glad we've decided to ditch it to be honest.
This bus has basically driven from Jaisalmer, which is about 600km away and he's arrange with the driver to pick his clothes up from here. You jus wouldn't be able to arrange something like that in England.. haha. Was a right mission trying to find the bus,
but we got there in the end.
Drove into a McDonalds drive through and there were begging kids, draping all over the car, glaring into your eyes, it was soo weird, i jus turned my head, i couldn't look at them!! Ordered a spicy bean burger and went on towards Agra.
Omgggg.. I cant stick Williams coughing, it's making me feel really angry, he doesn't put his hand to his mouth and coughs continuously, i'm gona have to say something soon, coz it gona make us ill, especially being in an aircon car!!
We drove through a pretty deprived state, Sunny said he wouldn't even stop and park his car here, its that bad.. Gosh!! In the traffic, there was a man begging at the cars, banging aggressively at the windows, he had a massive monkey on a chain with him.. OMG.. he looked really scary, like a zombie, that's what i thought those kids begging in Jaipur looked like too :o
3 hours later more, we arrived at Agra, it quite built up with biiiig hotels, roads are clean, it's jus for the Taj Mahal, but the outskirts are a different story, really deprived, slum
Could sort of imagine going to the Taj tomorrow, would be a little bit like when i went to the Angkor Wat, with loads of begging kids hanging off you crying, not looking forward to that to be honest!!
Checked into Budwiser hostel, 4 bed dorm with no window :o I realised i left my jumper downstairs, so went to get it.. It wasn't there, asked at reception if anyone had handed it in? Noooo, nothing, so asked couple other people who work there.. Noo haven't seen it, then matey at reception said, we can look on cctv to see who took it.. Ohh go on then i said, then one of the staff quickly said, ohhhh i look upstairs and came running down with it.. cheeky little shit!!
Ordered a domino's, the lads played on the xbox and i had an early night, coz we are waking up for sunrise over the Taj 😊
William kept me up all night, his coughing, i literally cant stick it no more!!!! AND.. The alarm didn't go off AND coz we're in a room with no window, we obvs overslept for
the sunrise.. Dammmm!!
Not to late tho, made it out before 8am. It's literally round the corner from our hostel, which is bloody awesome. The road leading down to it was so quiet, no cars, no people, no people begging, no que to get in :o I thought this place would be buzzing with people. Paid to get in 1000rups, Sunny, because he's Indian, only had to pay 40rups 😊 Getton.
Went through the scanner and got searched, they made me put my playing cards (yes playing cards) and Sunny's small tripod which i had in my bag in a locker, odd!!
Walked through the lush gardens then bammmm there it was. Its one of the wonders of the world and one place I've always wanted to visit.
It was so surreal to have it right in front of my face 😊 😊 It's such a big beautiful, peaceful place filled with love and lost.
A brief story behind it.. (Prince Khurram) fell in love with Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Banu Begum) it was love at first sight, they married after five years.. He then became the Emperor and gave her the name Mumtaz Mahal, with
the meaning 'Jewels of the Palace' he had other wives, but she was his fav.. haha!! She died given birth to her 14th child and while she was on her deathbed, he promised to not remarry and to build the biggest mausoleum over her grave.
It took 22 years and 22,000 workers to build this massive beautiful white marble palace. When he died his body was also place in a tomb next to hers.
It was amazing walking around, its so big, went inside and saw both tombs :o
There was a bit of scaffolding at the back, its for restoration, because the building is so old, its obvs losing its colour, from pollution and all the bugs that are in the river next to it, its having mud pack therapy, with drys within a couple days, when it falls off, it draws out all the dirt.
Headed over to the Mosque which is opposite, it was so beautiful and made of red sandstone, then into the museum.
There were pictures of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal draw on ivory plaques behind glass cabinets, so there's me with my gopro, putting it right up to
the glass, snapping away and all of a sudden i hear a loud.. HEEY HEEY!! Next minute I'm surrounded by four security guards shouting at me to not take pictures inside the museum.. and made me go through my camera to delete all the pics from inside.. OMG, I shit myself coz was wondering around here on my own, the beys were outside somewhere. So i deleted them and rushed out to find everyone else, passing a sign saying 'No photos inside the museum' hahahaha.. Gosh!!
When leaving around 11.30, the place was getting really busy, looking back where the tombs were, there was a huge que to get inside and a huge que to actually get into the main entrance, so we came at the right time, i was thinking earlier.. corr, i expected it to be buzzing.. well now it was, crazy amounts of people, thousands!!
So get there the earlier the better!! I was told that people begging around this area is prohibited.
Got our stuff from the lockers, bought some fridge magnets.. You have to whilst here 😊 Then sat and had breakfast, i have a dodgy tummy this morning, so only had
toast, which literally went straight through me back at the hostel.. oh gosh i hope this isn't the start of the classic 'Delhi belly'
Chilled back at the hostel as there isn't really anything to do here other than see the Taj Mahal.
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