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July 3, 2006 – A journey to Agra, India in Asia

In Agra To See The Marble Wonder

At this point of the trip, both Rick and I were exhausted in terms of seeing any more forts, palaces, and monuments. The entrance fees for foreigners are quite high for the many forts, palaces, and monuments in Agra, one of the cities in the Golden Triangle route. So, we decided to just see the head honcho, the Taj Mahal, which costed 750 rupees (~$17 USD, versus 20 rupees for Indians) each to get in (later on, found out that the ticket is also good for entrances to the fort, Baby Taj, Fatehpur Sikri, and a couple of other sites).

view from the north entrance

After seeing the Taj Mahal, the most famed tourist attraction of India, I must admit and say that it's probably my favorite monument of all that I've seen in India. Mughal king Shah Jahan had the immense marble beast built as a memorial for his beloved wife, who died after giving birth to their 14th child. Took 20,000 workers and 22 years of round-the-clock man labor to build.

Rick sitting next to some Indian tourists in one of the back corners of the Taj Mahal

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