The Jewel in the Crown

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February 12th 2020
Published: February 13th 2020
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The Taj Mahal !
What can I say? It really is the jewel in the crown!
We arrived in Agra at 8.30 am and luckily the hotel let us check into our room straight away.
After a rest we went out to explore. The hotel was literally five minutes walk away from the West Gate entrance of the Taj Mahal.
It was already mid day so we decided we would go the next day nice and early to best the crowds.
The streets here are just as bad as in Delhi. Actually worse but as our hotel was just inside the area that was barrired off and guarded by police it was a little haven.
We wandered up and down looking for somewhere to eat. A few places advertised rooftop restaurants with views of the Taj , we tried a few but it was a con just the smallest glimpse if you craned your neck.

Then we hit lucky. Up a grubby little alley was a hotel tucked away , up the steps we sent expecting to see the usual view. And there it was! In all its Glory. A perfect unobstructed view of the Taj. The sun was shining and the tables were covered in check table cloths with potted plants all around. We lingered over a long lunch taking in the view before searching up and down for an ATM that actually had money. Never did find one.
Next day we set off early to see the Taj Mahal and were blessed with no queues.
At 11.30 am we called our driver to be taken to Fatehpur Sikri a deserted town 40 Kms out of town. A city erected in 1581 but has been deserted for many years but still stands.

From there we visited Agra Fort, photos will tell the story.

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