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Old 22nd January 2010, 00:42   #1
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Default The Taj Mahal. A roadtrip.

After spending a day and a half at the Auto Show, we decided to visit Agra on Sunday. The day started off like any other winter day in Delhi, foggy and glum, but what surprised me was the traffic intensity even on a Sunday morning. By the time we reached Faridabad from where this travelog commences i felt faint. Following are traffic scenes in the Faridabad area enroute to Agra, outside of Delhi.
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Default The Choudhary Hotel

My ride for this trip was a friend's 2009 Safari VTT/DICOR and i must say i'm mighty impressed. Hopefully, the new design will look better!. The first rest stop served up the best chai i have tasted in a long time. The less i say about the red glue like substance that came along with the bread omelet , the better!.
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Once you drive on the highway one forgets about the horrific traffic in the Delhi area and vicinity. I would rate the highway a B- because there were splotchy surfaces at frequent intervals.
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Default Driving to Agra-scenes along the highway

Another chai break and some cigarettes later we're nearing Agra.
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Default Agra. Driving to the Taj.

Agra is not a bad looking place except for the entrance into the city from the highway. Enroute to the Taj Mahal we passed a beautiful palace dating back to the Mughal era. One can also get a rear three quarter view of the Taj from across this palace which is quite mesmerizing!. Sadly, i must have deleted the pic by mistake as i couldn't find it when uploading.
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Great stuff Nick - very nice photos!

The black beast looks great aswell!

PS: that red thing near your toast looks lethal
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Default Entrance to the Taj Mahal

Incredible. Not the monument, but the amount of camel dung one has to tiptoe around to get to see one of the wonders of the world!. Visitors have the option of taking a camel driven cart to the main entrance from the parking lot and liberal droppings of dung are all over the place!. We decided to take a 'short cut' path instead. Admission is RS20 which is reasonable and the security forces are doing a great job of crowd control. I never felt that i was waiting in line forever unlike some other places around the world.
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Great stuff Nick - very nice photos!

The black beast looks great aswell!

PS: that red thing near your toast looks lethal
Thanks!. I didn't dare touch the red stuff!
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After passing security check a quick walk through the passageway to the main entrance and through the arch to a mind boggling sight , the Taj Mahal. This was my first trip here and there was not a person there who wasn't amazed by the beauty of this mausoleum. I wasn't alone.

Pics of the Taj Mahal coming up.
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Very Good pictures and flow of the incidents en-route. Waiting for the Taj pics now.
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Nicknite, nice narrations and pictures to go with it, please continue..looking forward to the pictures of the Taj!
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@Nickatnite: waiting for more. This reminded me of my own trip in Jan, '09

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...a-gurgaon.html (Gurgaon - Baanke Bihari - Mathura - Agra - Gurgaon)
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Good one Nick. I like the nuances you have captured.
Love to see more of your travels
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Nice pics
especially the highway part,i have burnt quite a few tyres on this highway from 06 to 08
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Thanks for commenting, especially gd1418 for the link.Fabulous pics.I wish i had the same camera!.

Walking through the arch and seeing the Taj for the first time was an experience i will never forget. Nothing prepares one for this!. The symmetry and style is striking but there is something magical about being there that has the world enchanted and no film or photo can replicate this feeling. Queasy as i felt about being mushy in public, a quick look around me and i saw that i wasn't alone!. It's like that over there.
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