Our time in Agra was spent in one of three places predominantly - our hotel, the Taj Mahal, and the Radisson Hotel!

Most people either take a return day trip to Agra from Delhi to see the Taj Mahal (three hours each way by car), or stay the night then get out of town. It's a little unfair to say Agra has only one attraction because that's not the case. Agra Fort is apparently much better than the Red Fort in Old Delhi, while Mehtab Bagh (the park directly across the Yamuna River from the Taj Mahal) are among a few additional places to check out while you're in town.

But the fact is there is only one star attraction in Agra, and the Taj Mahal compares favourably with any other man-made building or structure on Earth.

It's been described far more poetically than I ever called by wordsmith's including Rabindranath Tagore who said it is 'a teardrop on the cheek of eternity'; Rudyard Kipling called it 'the embodiment of all things pure'; while its creator, Emperor Shah Jahan, said it made 'the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes'.

We spent a few hours here wandering around the gardens, admiring the majesty of the Taj Mahal, and exploring the minimal space inside that the public is allowed access to. It is truly breathtaking, although if I do have one criticism, the inside is not all that impressive. Some may beg to differ, but the contrast between the beauty outside and what is offered inside is vast.

MUSIC: "Lucky" by Derek Clegg (freemusicarchive.org/music/Derek_Clegg/Head_Down_Sunrise_1110/Derek_Clegg_-_Head_Down_Sunrise_-_11_Lucky_1834)

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