Yesterday we had some spare time, while waiting for our counterpart to prepare the text and go through the final process of cleaning up the languages, grammar etc for our signing later today, we thought why not go somewhere. And we did.
We went to Agra to visit one of the World's seventh wonders - the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was built about 400 years ago and took 22 years and 20,000 people to build it. It was built because a King loved his wife so much that he built one of the finest masoleum for her out of white marble. There was a myth that he actually wanted to build another one for himself out of black marble just across the river. If that was true, he was unable to carry it out as he was deposed by his son and imprisoned. He is buried to the left of her in the Taj Mahal.
The whole area was huge and breathtakingly beautiful. Around the Taj Mahal itself are several beautiful buildings including a mosque. The four entrance gates are also like mini palaces. There were about 16 gardens throughout the area. However be prepared to walk. Cars are not allowed within two kilometers of the area. So one has a choice of electrically powered vehicles such as vans or karts or animal powered karts from the carpark to about 1/2 a kilometer before the main gate. Walk that 1/2 kilometer to the main gate and walk through a long path about another 1/4 kilometer before the Taj Mahal itself can be seen. So do use the right gear and make sure that you are well equipped with enough batteries and memory cards. Here are photographs of the Taj Mahal only. (I will upload all the photographs in my multiply website when I get back.)