The Taj Mahal

First view of the Taj Mahal

First view of the Taj Mahal

We did not do much in Agra. The one thing we did do is go to the most popular site in India; the Taj Mahal!

I will also be talking about the horrible experience I had at a local Indian police station. That was my first experience at an Indian police station. I don’t know if all Indian police stations where like that. But first I’ll talk about the Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal is a massive tomb that a king built for his wife. The main structure was made fully of marble. The gate and the arches where made out of clay bricks.

the gate

the gate

Near the entrance

Near the entrance

You had to go through security before you get in. You also had to wear diapers around your feet so you don’t get the marble in the Taj Mahal dirty.

After the first two gates you get to a huge garden with a big fountain which had some of the cleanest water I’d seen in India so far. The white Taj Mahal was so bright in the sunlight that it hurt your eyes to look at it too long.

the taj mahal

the taj mahal

It was amazing that I had the once in the life time chance to go inside the actual Taj Mahal.

Inside the Taj Mahal was a big dome. It had at least a hundred people inside it when we visited. This was a lot of people considering the size of the place. Once it was so busy a dude push me into a wall just so he could see something (and that is wear I hit my head). Everything was made out of marble. It must have taken a long time to build.

inside the taj mahal

inside the taj mahal

In the middle was a big shrine commemorating the queen that had died. The king that built the Taj Mahal was also buried under the Taj Mahal with the queen. The Taj Mahal also had rooms around it that were all connected to the dome. We went into all of the different rooms.

one of the different rooms

one of the different rooms

the garden

the garden

Next we went into the museum. It was very small. It mainly had was pantings and tapestries. It also showed the different types of stone they used to build the Taj Mahal and where the stone had come from. I thought that was pretty cool.

Now for the story about the police station… While we were on a train from Amritsar to Agra, a guy stole mu Mum’s bag while we where sleeping. Then he jumped of the train. The contents of the bag included a camera, some passports, some money, an iPad and other less important stuff.

When we got off the train in Agra, we had to go report the crime to a police station. We looked for a police station but we could not find one so we asked a taxi driver. The taxi driver knew where the police station was and said it was within walking distance.

the police station

the police station

We went down a dirt road beside the train station into a not so well maintained courtyard. We went up to a regular poor persons house where people were waking up, and the taxi driver said that this was the police station. We went in. It was not very nice in there. It was dirty and dark. It took two boring hours to fill out all the paper work. They seemed to go over everything like ten times. We also met someone from the same train that also had a bag stolen. When we were finally finished and went to our hotel.

an armed guard

an armed guard

That was not and experience I will be willing to go through again!

1:part. Cool
2:part. Not so cool

One response to “The Taj Mahal

  1. Hey Jacob! I liked your writing about the Taj Mahal; it looks and sounds very beautiful.
    Sorry about your experience at the police station, that must have really sucked.

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