Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Agra, New Delhi
Dani and I woke up at 4 AM to take a taxi to the airport. We had a flight scheduled for 6 AM headed for New Delhi. In New Delhi our tour guide and transportation picked us up to drive us to Agra where the magnificent Taj Mahl lies. It took us a good 5 hours to get to Agra, due to some traffic along the way and a stop for lunch. We arrived in Agra and headed to our hotel. As soon as Dani and I got out of the car we felt the heat. New Delhi hit record highs of 110 degrees. We put our backpacks in our room and headed out to an internet cafe first so Dani could update her friend on tomorrows bus ride situation. Dani was going near the Himalayas after Taj. After the internet our guide came and picked us up to take us to Fort Agra. The fort is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its much more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It is the most important fort in India. The great Mugals, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here, and the country was governed from here. It contained the largest state treasury and mint. It was visited by foreign ambassadors, travelers and the highest dignitaries who participated in the making of history in India. The fort was gorgeous! Dani and I were trying to acclimate to the weather since it was a more dry heat then humid heat. After the fort we were pretty beat and decided to go back to the hotel, shower and rest to wake up early in order to see the Taj Mahl.