On arrival at the hotel we are met by a representative from the tour company, he recommends visiting the Taj Mahal mid-morning. Our little group had already decided we wanted a dawn visit. He then recommended 6.30 am, we said 5.30 am. Then he said OK, 6 am. Standing firm 5.30 it was.
We climb in the bus at 5.30 pm and meet our guide for the day. He states it will be busy today as French President and his Teacher are visiting the Taj today, so it will be closed to the public from 3 pm. The main gate to the grounds of the Taj is less than a kilometre from the hotel, but that is closed for the day, so we need to drive to the back gate which takes about 15 minutes. There are 50-60 people in front of us in the queue when we join the line. Security if obvious and heavy.
Our morning at the Taj Mahal makes the whole trip to India worthwhile !!!
So back to the hotel for a late breakfast and chit chat about the Taj Mahal.
Full of food and bad ☕ we wander back out to the bus to visit Agra Fort. Whilst its only a few kilometres the traffic now very heavy. Chaos reins outside the fort but our driver slips expertly into a non-existent spot and we are away.
Our visit to the fort complete, we return to the Clarks Shiraz, our first early afternoon.
Our tour is drawing to a close we enjoy our breakfast at the Clarks Shiraz, check out and take to the bus again. It’s another long drive back to Delhi. However the dual carraigeway is of surprisingly high quality and we make good time. Stopping for a Costa coffee (British coffee chain) at a huge roadside complex. A triple shot is the best coffee we have had since leaving Aus. Mind you its the same price as a coffee in Sydney.
Entering Delhi from the south, its like a different city. Modern high-rise apartments, sports arenas and shopping complex. But soon enough we are in the real Delhi again.
Another hour and a half later, we arrive back at the Radisson Blue. It’s like being home again. Back in our room we find an email from SriLankan Airlines, our bag will be delivered this evening.
Our quick visit to India has been a wonderful experience, we have made some great new friends as we have travelled the golden triangle. Anyway Sydney is calling and hopefully our bags enjoy the trip as well.