Around the World, India

[The Anytime Money Machine, Day 3 – Delhi, India]

August 7, 2013

We woke up at the crack of dawn the next day, still jet lagged but ready for the four hour ride to Agra and the Taj Mahal. Having stopped by what Krishna calls the Anytime Money Machine….better known as the ATM, we had some money and were ready to go.

The four hour drive was littered with monkeys, cows and well…me sleeping which can be seen per this vine by friendly ex-roommate Ben Forer.

Wander to Wonder…

They say the Taj Mahal is one of the six wonders of the world but seeing it in person really is incredible. Shah Jahan commissioned this tomb for his third wife (who by the way was Persian) so the rest of the world would remember her along with him. This seems silly when men nowadays struggle to open doors for us ladyfolks. I think what struck me the most about the Taj Mahal was that in a place that is very densely homogenous in culture as there are few tourists and many many Indians, one of the icons for the country is this beautiful site built for a foreign queen by architects and jewels from the far reaches of the world. Also the Matt Wald took more jumping pictures…

Getting into Agra

Getting into Agra

Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick

Monkeys paved the way

Monkeys paved the way

Symetry, if you like that sortof thing

Symetry, if you like that sortof thing

One last stop before we go inside

At this point NOBODY wanted to touch each other. India = Sweating.

  At this point our guide told us why TajMahal is the number one. “Turkey is a country in Europe. I will tell you why the Taj Mahal is number one. First I will tell you this.” We never really did get that answer haha  

We made it!

We made it!

So did lots of other people..

So did lots of other people..

We stopped for pictures as tourists do

We stopped for pictures as tourists do

Then kept walking....

Then kept walking….

er....made some new friends?

er….made some new friends?

Yes, definitely new friends.

Yes, definitely new friends.

The Taj Again

The Taj Again

One last group photo

One last group photo

Matt jumping at the Taj Mahal 2009-2013 #jump

Matt jumping at the Taj Mahal 2009-2013 #jump

And cut!

And cut! [Photo via Brian Cronin]

The Taj Mahal up close

The Taj Mahal up close

These are flowers. you see?

These are flowers. you see?

One last inspection

One last inspection

Pictures inside were not allowed...this is how our guide circumvented this [photo via Brian Cronin]

Pictures inside were not allowed…this is how our guide circumvented this [photo via Brian Cronin]


  Of course before we left we made a pit stop, I ate another artery clogging $2 meal with lots of garlic naan and we headed over to Agra Fort. We also stopped by a shop that inlaid marble with stones. They showed us how the process worked so that we could reflect back on the enormity of a project like the Taj Mahal which was covered head to toe in these stones.  

The different types of marble and well....digging in

The different types of marble and well….digging in

Shaping and little elephants

Shaping and little elephants

Some browsing

Some browsing

Agra Fort is a hop skip away from the Taj in Agra. The fort firstly is definitely strong enough that it could be used in battle today. As a sidenote this is where Shah Jahan was imprisoned towards the end of his life. If I had to be imprisoned somewhere this would be a pretty sweet place to do that.

Shah Jahan was imprisoned here. I seriously don't understand why I pay what I do in NYC...

Shah Jahan was imprisoned here. I seriously don’t understand why I pay what I do in NYC…

From white to red

From white to red

And....back to white again

And….back to white again

This is not a mugging face...this is an oppressive heat face.

This is not a mugging face…this is an oppressive heat face.

Ben and I took some pictures

Ben and I took some pictures

Then I took some pictures...

Then I took some pictures…

Matt in the archways

Matt in the archways

I took too many pictures here, this was a post full of self control

I took too many pictures here, this was a post full of self control

We then had a very long drive back to Delhi. During this time I’d like to bring up our impromptu Hindi lesson via Krishna and the BEST EVER ringtone I like to call “Honey Bunny” accompanied by his dance.

 

And courtesy of Matt Wald….the best picture ever:

Vrooooooooooom

Vrooooooooooom

 

Goodnight.

 

 

 

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