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Published: March 18th 2020
It's time to leave Beijing to explore Agra via New Delhi. The journey was not at all smooth from Indian visa inspection, luggage check-in to immigration. It took over 2 hrs to get my luggage checked in and over 2 hrs to pass through the Chinese immigration. Fortunately, I caught my flights in time from Beijing to Delhi via Hong Kong, which went according to schedule. I arrived at Delhi airport midnight local time without hassle. Indian immigration worked ten times faster, and English is pretty well-spoken throughout the country. I felt alive again to finally have the freedom to not being surveilled or surf the internet without government restrictions. Above all, I was also grateful that I made it to my hotel at 2.30 am despite the journey to get here was pretty long and tiresome.
The following day was about catching up on my sleep and getting ready for a day tour to visit Old and New Delhi on pedicab before going to Agra. The day tour around Delhi city was terrific. Old Delhi was the best part of Delhi that I loved so much. It was busy and different. The Delhi street foods were buzzing from all
over the place for which, unfortunately, I wasn't able to experience. However, there were so many opportunities for me to pig out the local cuisine at restaurants. PS. Avoid Delhi Haat. It is terrible for shopping.
The day after, I embarked to Agra at 2 am to catch the sunrise at Agra fort. The temperature was below 2 degrees cold and foggy. Highways were free from public transport and large goods vehicles. No honking, no shouting, so quiet and yet many street food vendors continued serving delish warm foods and hot beverages.
I arrived at Agra fort around 5 am and managed to beat the traffic but not the tourists. There were many of them queued up to get a little taste of Agra Fort. The fog did not want to leave in fact, it went foggier until about midday when the sun finally made its appearance.
I can't describe how beautiful is the fort. It got even more interesting as Rahul my tourist guide explained the history behind in detailed. From Agra, Rahul took me to Taj Mahal, the only reason that I came all the way here.
I saw the Taj from a distance
and couldn't wait to get closer to it to feel the history which I felt instantly. The feeling of romance and peacefulness in a non Danielle Steel's way. The Mughal architecture was exquisite that each of the unique carvings made by thousands of people that resembled peaceful ambiance. I can stare at that masterpiece all day and night if I am lucky maybe with a company of full moon.
After a few hours at the Taj, Rahul escorted me to a local handicraft store where they sold the coloured marbles carvings. From there, Rahul took me to an authentic local restaurant before I headed back to New Delhi for Kuala Lumpur the next day.
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