Tuesday, 18 December 2012 (Delhi – Agra)
The day finally came where I got to see one of the seven wonders of the world. Woke up in the morning feeling like a million dollars, so content and excited. After the usual morning breakfast and briefing routine, we hopped into our respective bus for the long road trip to Agra. Apparently, we went on a new expressway that was connecting Delhi and Agra. It’s known as the Yamuna Expressway. The whole idea of the expressway is to reduce the travel time between Delhi and Agra. I was glad that we didn’t have to go on yet another bumpy trip like we had from Jaipur to Delhi.
The expressway reminded me a lot of our Lebuhraya Pantai Timur. It was empty and the scenery was amazing. I finally got to see beautiful villages, traditional Indian houses and plantations, just like in the movies.
Somehow this scenery reminded me of the movie Pardes.
Riverside laundry in Agra
After what seemed like forever + millions of toilet breaks on the way, we finally managed to reach Taj Mahal. We took a bus/minivan from the Shahjahan Park to the entrance of Taj Mahal. Guess what we bumped into? oh hello…security check for the zillionth time. Pfft. Though I understand why is it important for them to do so. But I have to emphasize that the girls’ privacy was totally invaded by the WOMEN security officers. They actually touched us from top to bottom to ensure that we didn’t hide anything in our lingerie. -_-
Haha..I digress. Okay..after all that security check yada yada..we FINALLY got to step in to the the majestic beauty of Taj Mahal. I got goosebumps when I took the picture below. Everyone went “woooow”! I really can’t explain how it felt to actually see it or to be there, you just have to experience it for yourself.
The Taj Mahal is the epitome of Mughal art and one of the most famous buildings in the world.It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I feel lucky to have been there, to have seen it for real.
It was a truly magical moment for everyone. We had so much fun camwhoring and just walking around the Taj, enjoying it’s beauty and the cool breezy weather 🙂 Despite having to wear ugly plastic covers on our shoes for hygiene purpose, we still managed to take lots of pictures that will serve as memories that will last forever. Having that said, I for sure, will visit the Taj Mahal once again.
A group picture with all the ASEAN-India Youth Exchange Program 2012
We had a working lunch in bus before they brought us to a small emporium to shop. The things there were quite pricey, so I just ended up getting some key chains for my friends back home 🙂 On the way back to Delhi, they played Jab Thak Hain Jaan in the bus haha…but I fell asleep halfway, not because the movie was boring, because I was tired as hell. We reached the hotel, had our usual dinner and briefing session for the next day’s program.
Another busy day awaits..
to be continued…