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Agra

Written on: Thursday October 23rd, 2008

A journal entry from: July 08 - Jan 09

Pollution, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Three things I will not soon forget about Agra.

Arriving at about 9 AM from Delhi, we were besieged by drivers of various vehicles, all wanting to take us to the Taj Mahal. Kevin and I decided to walk some of the way, but the pollution was so amazingly intense we both felt a bit dizzy and so eventually we got on an auto-rickshaw.

The Taj itself was pretty special, but just seeing it from the opposite end of the gardens (maybe 150 metres) was getting difficult. There is a pollution meter which had a running tally of the current versus safe level of various substances. Most were reading under the dangerous level, but one, SPM I think, was 4 times over the safe level.

After the Taj, we went to Agra fort, which itself is extremely impressive in terms of architecture and historical importance, and would be worth a visit even if it was not just next-door to the Taj. The pollution had eased up a bit by this time, but not enough for what would have been a lovely view back to the Taj Mahal a couple of kilometres away.

We ended the day by catching a train back to Delhi from where we would head to Jaipur the next day.