Sunday, January 17, 2010

India Day 4: Really Big Monuments

Agra is a city teeming with people. The main industry seems to be the Taj Mahal, and the second main industry appears to be the Agra Fort (which we unfortunately did not get to see). The first-time traveller to India may find it daunting. There are irrepressible touts, as well as wily auto rickshaw drivers.

December 29, 2009

9:00 a.m. The Taj Mahal. We beat the crowds and went to see the magnificent Taj Mahal first thing in the morning. Despite seeing it at dusk the day before, seeing it in full light was different, and much more mesmerizing.

11:30 a.m. Chaat time. Eating so much rich food has taken a toll on our stomachs, and for lunch we decided to try street food snacks, which are unlike anything I've ever tasted, and quite delicious.

1:00 p.m. Fathepur Sikri.  An hour's drive from Agra is Fathepur Sikri, a gigantic complex of buildings used by Emperor Akbar as his capital for only 16 years. Water apparently became a problem, and they had to abandon the complex for Agra. It's amazing. (I am reading Salman Rushdie's "The Enchantress of Florence", and its mostly set here.)

3:30 p.m. Back to Delhi. We drove back to Delhi and got home just in time to meet up with RM and SP,  classmates of mine from grad school and L's colleagues from the law firm he used to work for, for dinner and drinks.