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July 7th 2018
Published: July 8th 2018
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I guess it was good to get there at 6AM, but it was already sweltering, and I had hardly slept the night before in a shoddy room in horrid Agra, where the Tuk-Tuk ride from the train station with homeless children poking us for money led us through chaos even on a Friday when everything was closed, and a new level of sewage smell that pervades all (except perhaps the lovely Joney's Place for any meal), so we enjoyed the tomb aesthetics, momentarily wishing to be the body encased inside, and stayed for maybe an hour before leaving to desperately find a way to escape that circle of hell before our scheduled train at 3:45PM, in the end going with the India flow and taking the advice of a Tuk-Tuk driver to take an 11AM bus on a new highway back to Delhi, but of course the air-con hardly worked and so it was 4 or so hours of cramped heavy air and sweaty backs till Delhi and the metros, eventually to the safety and comfort of the airport Marriott.

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8th July 2018

I don't think I would leave the Marriott...
unless it was in an airconditioned conveyance to the next air conditioned space. Near the bottom of my bucket list is to see the Taj Mahal, so your blog pretty much encapsulates what my experience will be.
12th July 2018

Yes, Agra is Hell on Earth....
...but the Taj Mahal is Heaven. I've been there four or five times and seen it from every angle - the usual tourist 'wow' entrance, from the other side of the river, from my hotel rooftop, from the fort, and at every time of day - dawn, daytime and by moonlight. It never ceases to amaze. (Note to Bob: move it up your bucket list - you don't realise what you're missing!).

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