Part V – Agra & Delhi

This final post of my Incredible India series is long overdue. I have procrastinated on writing it, simply because it reminds us of our worst experiences in India. Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur are often dubbed ‘the golden triangle’ by all sorts of guidebooks and websites, but they turned out to be a big fat ugly triangle of disappointment (to us). I would not bother you with all the details, but we had the worst train delay during the worst cold spell India had witnessed in 44 years, encountered the worst hotel booking system (even though they eventually ¬did everything they could to make things right), and busted the worst taxi scam ever. Last but definitely not least, we experienced the most bittersweet moments of visiting Agra’s Taj Mahal and Delhi’s Red Fort, India’s most famous attractions, which look fabulous in photos but so uninteresting in reality.
Having said that, we did have a great time visiting Akshardham Temple Complex and shopping in Connaught Circus. And who could have guessed that a random customs officer at Delhi International Airport was married to a Vietnamese woman? The world is small indeed.

Taj Mahal

The South Gate

Taj Mahal

Details of the South Gate

Taj Mahal

Korean tourists wrapped in colorful sari

Taj Mahal

Locals walking barefoot to Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

It was so foggy in the morning that we had to come back in the afternoon to get this view

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Locals praying in the mosque next to Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

As foreigners have to pay an exorbitant entry price, they don’t have to pay for toilets. But locals do.

Agra

Agra train station at midnight
Agra train station at midnight

Delhi

The great mosque – Delhi

Lamb brain curry

Lamb brain curry – yummy

Pickles

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