The morning meeting of our Group was the first step to be going on our tour ,
“why we where there” ?
“who we were with” ?
“where were we from” ?
All the questions to get to know a little bit of each other to be able to get to going on our first day.
The tour leader was friendly and wanted us all the have a wonderful experience .
The reasons for some of the people on the tour was also such an insight to different people s lives ,
Birthday celebrations , wedding anniversary, adventurers , and me
Everyone was eager to get going , so meeting was done and off we went to explore Delhi for the day .
The first day was a new experience and also very overwhelming, the crowds of people just on the streets , trying to get to along with their own lives , working , cars everywhere, bicycles by the thousands and the cows …
Richly decorated Mosques and Temples , all showing the immense degree of religion and spirituality that India is known for .
Red Fort, bazaars , rickshaws , and all this on day one .
The one thing that was beyond my imagination was the bicycle rickshaw ride through the old town of Delhi , the narrow streets, barely enough room to get one rickshaw through the street , but there were hundreds all at once , bells ringing , horns blowing and all in such tight lanes .
The low hanging electrical wires looked so dangerous , but that was just the way it was , and was a sight to see in itself.
The day was so hot , and everyone was getting tired as we all had never experienced such heat and humidity at once , and so many people all in the one place .
Our tour guide was very mindful that we all had to make sure we all had water with us at all times , his helper who was just a young man , was very kind to us as we got back on our bus ….asking us were we all ok .
Temples , tikka and one tired Aussie ……
This all was just the lead up to the magical day where we all would get to see the Grand Taj Mahal .
The long drive to Agra saw us reach there in the evening , and so it was decided that we all would wake up before dawn and go and line up to be able to get there for the sunrise .
Everyone was just mesmerised at the site we got to see , we stayed for many hours and got to experience the many different phases of the sunlight over the monument
To actually be able to touch the marble & see the delicate craftsmanship that has seen this monument stand for centuries will be something i will treasure forever .
Photos , photos and more photos , from all angles,nothing can describe it .
The pillars that stand to act as a guard are also enchanting .
I have never seen anything so beautiful in all my life , no wonder she is a wonder of the world .
The story of her is also a testament to India and her Heritage, it has to be one of the most loved and visited monuments in this entire world .
I hope to be able to visit it again one day soon .