Since 2006 summer till 2007 summer, we stayed mainly inside ontario and went to the previously visited destinations. In the summer of 2007, I decided to visit back homes i.e. pakistan and india because I didn't take a flight to anywhere for the past three years. So, first I went to karachi, pakistan and then visited india. After meeting and greeting with relatives, we made a plan to travel for 5 days. The good in india is that you can rent a car and it comes with a driver. So, we arranged a car with double air-conditioners called qualis for Rs.7 for one km. With a help of a relative we booked hotels which were mainly UP tourism guest houses with air-conditioned rooms. This time the people going on this trip included myself, my son, my husband and his father and sister.
Our first destination was agra, the famous city for taj mahal. I have been to taj mahal as a child but I have no memories of that trip. Our hotel rooms were nice...and we were given two bottles of limca and huge bottle of mineral water complimentary everyday. The hotel had a great room service for food and the food was tasty and reasonable in pricing. After resting a bit at the hotel after checking in...we went around the city and took a tour of some other buildings. We decided to go to fatehpur and sikri the next day in the morning before going to taj mahal.
So, some of these following photographs are from fatehpur and sikri. I liked that place.
When we were getting closer taj mahal, they had a parking where you would have to park your car and had to take a ride in a camel cart. This step is taken to reduce the smog and traffic problem near taj mahal. Anyhow, when we reached taj mahal, we saw tons and tons of people waiting in line to get the tickets. Several people who are tourist guides approached us and one person said that they have a back door of taj mahal where they have less crowd, so if we paid him Rs. 100 he could show us the entrance. So, after giving it a thought, we decided to go with him. He took us to small alleys and roads, and then finally we reached that door. He was right, that entrance wasn't crowded. But one thing I noticed at taj mahal was the tight security measures they take. You have to pass through sensors, and then they do a manual search.
When we reached inside the actual taj mahal building, it was so crowded and dark inside that tomb, that I started to feel clastrophobic and my child was crying, so we quickly came outside. I did like the surrounding grounds and other buildings in that compound. But for some reason Taj Mahal and agra didn't impressed me that much as comparison to one another city (which you'll read next).