Taj Mahal

Trip Start Apr 26, 2011
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Taj Mahal Agra
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of India  , Uttar Pradesh,
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Glad to be leaving Delhi, we avoided a scam at the train station, one of the porter tried to send us away to some other building, thanks to sam and his girls guide to india book, Laur was wise to the cheating rat.
Arriving in Agra we were pestered like nowhere before by rickshaw drivers, having already seen of one scammer already we weren't in the mood for these mupets, we were less than polite.  Went to the pr-paid rickshaw stand and got a rickshaw to our hotel.  Our driver Akil seemed to be nice and a breath of fresh air.  we checked into out hotel and arranged for Akil to take us on an afternoon of sight seeing.
Went to Agra Fort which was really nice, saw heaps of mokeys and chipmunks running about the place.  We then went to see a supposed workshop which maintains the art work on the Taj Mahal, and it was here that we saw Akil our drivers hidden agenda.  They take you to these places as if you buy they get commission.  He unfortunately didn't realise how tight we were, so he got naff all.  We then went to catch the sunset at the North side of the Taj Mahal, unfortunately it was quite cloudy but still got some cool views.  Akil then took us to another shop, the boys name was Raj by the Taj, "really" poor patter.  No sale jog on!  Akil was miffed by this point, we went back to our hotel.
Up early the next day for the Taj Mahal at Sunrise, After Shooing away all the folk offering us a guide we made our way in and got some great pictures. Pictures don't do it justice until you are actually up close to it.  By far the best part of india we have seen.
Aside from the splendour of Taj Mahal Agra is a dump, everyone out to cheat and con you, oh and we saw a dude taking a dump at the side of the road, at least find a bush or tree min!!!
Next Stop Jaipur!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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