Tuesday, February 13, 2007

On the road to Agra

After a day of sightseeing in Delhi, the three of us (Meghan, Shami, and Caitlin) set off early in the morning for Agra, in the middle of a torrential downpour. It was a dismal, gray day, and a steady drizzle kept us company along the way, but the road from Delhi to Agra was a revelation: a nice, fast, divided highway with traffic zipping along, a far cry from the potholed tracks that used to be the Grand Trunk road.

Rain at Sikandra

Along the way, we stopped at Sikandra, home to the Mughal emperor Akbar's tomb. Akbar's reign is widely considered the pinnacle of the Mughal empire, and if his tomb were anywhere else but on the way to the Taj Mahal, it would be a splendid attraction in its own right. As it was, though, we were cold, wet, bedraggled, and eager to get on with it. So we spent a quick few minutes admiring what is actually quite a magnificent mausoleum.

Then it was back in the car, and our driver hurried us along towards Agra...

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