A couple weekends ago we finally got to go to Agra! We visited the Agra Fort and (drumroll please)….. THE TAJ MAHAL!!!!!! It was a marvelous sight! It was packed with tourists, but even more than that, it was packed with Indians! Here’s the thing. It costs a foreigner 750 rupees (or about fifteen dollars) to get into the Taj Mahal, and it only costs an Indian 20 or 30 rupees. So LOTS of Indians travel to see the Taj. Many of them are from villages, and therefore have never seen a foreigner. Ever. I have never had more people walk up to me, stand in front of me, and (not discreetly, I might add) take a picture of me on their cell phone just because I am white. It’s very strange; they don’t even try to hide the fact that they are doing it. Some people even approach you to ask if they can take a picture with you. I politely decline.
So, needless to say, we were all PUMPED about getting to go see the Taj. This picture may help convey our level of excitement.
This is the stereotypical “YOU HAVE TO DO THIS WHEN YOU GO TO THE TAJ” picture. Yeah, that’s right, I’m holding up one of the wonders of the world by my FINGERTIPS!!
The Agra Fort was really neat, too! It was massive, and from it you can see the Taj Mahal just across the river. Here is a picture of the main entrance to the fort!
And here is just a neat picture of what I thought was a really cool structure of columns in the Agra fort.
All in all, it was a really cool weekend! I think I might add all the wonders of the world to my bucket list. This one definitely did not disappoint!
Lastly, here is a picture of my whole group in front of the Taj Mahal. Framer, for sure!!