Date: 3rd March 2005
We reached Agra by 5pm and took an auto straight to the Taj Mahal. It was already sunset, so we really didn’t have much time.
We bought our tickets, paid for our camera fee and got in.
There really wasn’t much else I could take as the flash would have made the photos appear as though it was already night fall (which it wasn’t yet). Plus it was closing time, so we had to make our way out.
As cliched as it may sound, the Taj Mahal really is one sight everyone (especially if you are Indian) must see before they die. It’s a hideously romantic structure to profess one’s love for someone and will probably never be attempted again.
My only regret is that I wish I had gotten there a few hours earlier.
After making our way out and surviving the hordes of vendors pushing replicas of the Taj in your face, we sat down for a coffee break. We pondered about whether we should stay in Agra that night or head straight for New Delhi which was the next stop on our ‘tour’.
But Delhi it was. So we took an auto to the Agra bus stand and boarded the bus. It was around 8pm by the time we left and we would arrive at New Delhi around 3am the next day.
Date: 4th March 2005
We were staying at a (crappy) 3-star hotel in the heart of the city, pretty close to all the major sights we planned on seeing. So in the morning, we headed first for Red Fort (or Lal Qila).
Here’s a brief video I took:
We had a relaxing meal at a coffee shop/restaurant at the Lal Qila itself, which was nice. After that, we moved to our next stop (across from the Red Fort) — Raj Ghat.
We then walked down the bricked path to check out the rest of the place.
The day wasn’t the brightest Delhi offered, and we even got a brief moment of drizzle — but the somber skies suited the next few sights.
More memorials, these mostly honouring the Nehru clan.
After walking around for nearly an hour, we took an auto and headed for India Gate.
We followed down the straight road from India Gate which took us to the Rashtrapathi Bhavan.
To our right was the parliament house…
Back to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Of course, there is much more to the capital city. It is after all famed for its shopping and street food — but we had to catch a flight back to Bangalore the next day and we were a bit knackered with all the walking we did. So we went back to the hotel and rested.
The next day, it was checking out of the crappy hotel, hopping into a taxi and heading off to the airport.
Taken from inside the car:
Camera used: Canon Powershot A95; post processing done in Photoshop CS3
P.S: Here’s a video I took while at Rashtrapathi Bhavan and India Gate: