Walking up with the doubt washed away about Solomon, and ready to hit the road after breakfast on the roof top.
We got into the taxi ready for our day out together in Agra! It began with a hour drive through the busy, out of control roads of India. The only way to describe the roads of India is pure MAHEM! No rules, people hanging on to wagons and cars while driving on a dual cartridge way, seeing about 8 people crammed into tuk tuk, no indicators only HORNS, cows, bikes, camels on the roads, a motorbike with up to four people travelling on it!!... Pure crazy! "Good breaks, Good Horns and Good luck" as Soloman would say.
We finally got to fatehpur sikri, and set off with a young guide around the fort and the mosque. It was a fort build by the grandfather of the man who built the Taj Mahal. Our guide was very nice and funny and got rid of the haste from beggars and haggles to keep us as safe as possible. We also went into the mosque with a shawl, flowers and a piece of string. Once we were in the temple we placed the shawl on a stand threw the flowers on the shawl, and tied the string onto the wall a and made a wish for good luck. :-)
After walking around the fort and learning about its history we jumped back into the taxi with Solomon and headed back to agra city.
Once we arrived back into the city, after experiencing the biggest traffic jam of our lives. We had food in an Indian restaurant where the "mild" curry was extremely hot!! Nearly burnt my tongue off!!!
We then went into some small shops and we bought some Indian clothing. Rich got a top and trousers made out of pure cotton, with elephants all over the top. I bought a black sari and some Ali baba trousers.. Which are awesome!!!!
We also went into the marble store where we learnt about how the Marble in the Taj Mahal was made.. Very impressive.
We then headed back into the traffic across the traffic and saw baby Taj. Baby Taj is a minutiae version of the Taj Mahal and was built 8 years before as a practice.
We arrived at the gardens and saw the taj for the first time. It was a beautiful garden and the taj looked glorious. What an amazing building.
After sunset we made our way home in the taxi with Solomon. On the way we passed a arrange place, the dirtiest place I've seen yet (which says a lot in India) there was old huts/tents, dirt and people amongst it all, they were washing, eating, drying clothes and doing other day to day do's. I turned to Soloman and asked " What is this place?" He's reply was "This is the slums m'am" I couldn't believe it, it was a very sad sight and makes you realise how much of a good life we live. (Soppy I know) but it takes your breath away. How can something so beautiful and big be so close to something so sad as the poverty of the slums of India?
We got in had some dinner on the rooftop and crashed early that night after a busy day out. All excited to see what the Taj Mahal had for us tomorrow.
Night night :-)