Sunday, 14 October 2012

NEW DELHI & AGRA : Road to Rumble - Day 2

Its the day for Taj Mahal! We've been searching for the best way to get to Agra to see one of world's wonder, The Taj Mahal. Among all, we've come a crossed this one way recommended by Shahfariz.com and Masviona. However, due to the last minute the train tickets were not able to be purchased online, in advance. So we've decided to just go with the flow until we reached the hotel.

Driver was hired to bring us to Agra. it was believed that the route to get to Agra by car is much longer (5hours) compared to by train which only takes 3 hours. But seeing that we have no choice due to last minute preparation, we decided to grab a car with a driver, Pooran. The journey started off early morning at 6am from the hotel.

Going to Agra from Delhi was an experience to share. You can see that the traffic in India was not that bad at all. It happened that we passed by the train station area and there were heavy traffic as it was on weekend morning. We stucked for half an hour before head off to Indian highway/motorway which is more or less like journey from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan via old roads. It was good to see the view of Indian settlement from the car window. We stopped for typical breakfast (prata) before continue our journey.




Before we reached Agra itself, we made a quick pit stop at Sikandra Fort. This fort was built by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. He is well known of his passion in arts, literature, religion, architecture and statesmanship. This one of the best piece of architecture that I've visited in India. Surprisingly, he planned his own tomb and selected the site himself. Have this ever came across your mind? This monument is set amidst a lush garden that complement the beautifully carved, red-ochre sandstone tomb. 



Believe it or not, at each corner at the entrance of this building, you can actually whisper and the person opposite you can hear you. Myself, I was surprised. I haven't read anything about this from the Internet/travel blog, but it is believed that this was designed for the communication between the guards at each corner of the entrance of the building. 












Further, we reached Agra around 1300hrs Indian time. Had quick lunch of Briyani and then we headed for Agra Fort tour from the outside. Brief explanation was given in relation how this fort was built by Shah Jahan and the existence of Taj Mahal by our tourist guide. Its an interesting story of this fort where Shah Jahan built and arranged the marbles where we can actualy see the Taj Mahal from his room at the fort.




In between before we visit Taj Mahal, the tourist guide brought us to few places, the Taj Mahal marble workshop, leather shops and carpet shops. It was an experience to see how the marbles was made and the conservation team working hard to ensure the workmanship of the marble produced are at the same quality as the one used for Taj Mahal.






Nearly evening, around 5pm. Its time for the most awaited moment, The Taj Mahal. The tour guide was hired inclusive of the driver from New Delhi. It is advisable to get this tour guide as this person will lead your from the entrance until the end of the tour of Taj Mahal. During the visit, there were many locals (too many in fact!) and yes there will be a very long queue if you don't know there's a special lane for foreigners. :D So, for Taj Mahal itself, I'll let the pictures and video do the talking of our experience. 



















The visit ends around 7pm and went straight to New Delhi. It took us almost 5 hours to get back to the hotel as the traffic remains the same as the day. We were totally flat throughout the journey with a mesmerizing memory of Taj Mahal. Final day awaits us.


Till later,
Fashran Fauzi.

11 comments:

  1. nice post bro!

    Taj Mahal really big and beautiful.

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    1. Indeeddddd!!! Thanks bro. Hope to see you more here! ;)

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  2. Hi Fashran,

    1st question: You changed into a new shirt when you got to Taj Mahal? :-)

    My friend and I tried to take the train as well but the tickets were sold out well in advance so we ended up doing the same thing like you did, i.e. rented a car and driver. No regrets though as we got to experience driving in India, with camels, cows, etc. being fellow highway users. Seeing that we had a car & driver, we opted to drive to Jaipur instead of going back to Delhi. Tiring journey but it was all worth it. Taj Mahal is architecturally amazing and beautiful, isn't it?

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    1. Hahahahah.. yeap I did. It was too hot, sweaty weather and i've changed into new shirt before get into Taj Mahal.

      Thats why, we already did our research earlier and tried to purchase the ticket online 2 days before our departure, somehow there was a problem with the system. Never regret to be on the road journey as it taught us well on how the locals live from the side of the road and their settlement pattern.

      Personally I think the Taj Mahal was one of the greatest architecture and high quality in workmanship. Its simply amazing!

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  3. finally! cait kao ni.

    btw, I always thought Taj Mahal kaler putih. So that's the actual color of Taj Mahal...

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    1. Lol. Busy beb.. Hahahha.. Its made of white marbles and the colour changes according times of the day.

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  4. Indahnya panorama di India! Terbaik!

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  5. taj mahal yang unik and cantik... :)

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  7. Oh Taj Mahal.. unique architecture by very clever person..
    wondering when can i visit this place :D

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  8. Amazed. sangat-sangat cantik. Thanks because you snap a great pic. At least people who don't get the opportunity yet to travel as much as you, can feel it too. hahahaha. Me laa tu kan. Well, just found this travelogue and, i'm melting. Fall for it and yOu. mwahaha kidding. Dalam sehari, dah baca sampai sini and kena letak "penanda buku" first. balik kampung, balik kampung. Pasti akan jengah lagi untuk continue travel sesame.. :)

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