This morning we woke up before the crack of dawn, again, to catch a train to Bharatpur. Since we sent our bags ahead with the bus yesterday, we had to ride the open air jeeps (in the freezing cold) to the train station. It was quite cold this morning, especially with the added breeze from the jeep. Brrrrr.
Train ride was good and pretty uneventful. I couldn't really take many pics bc you're not supposed to for security reasons. I did take a few stealth pictures though, including a video of everyone on the train platform. ;-)
We stopped at the Laxmi Vilas Palace for brunch in Bharatpur, which is still home to the former Maharajah's youndger brother. I finally had some masala chai there. Very different from the US version of chai. Not as sweet and b/c it is winter, it is mixed with some fresh ginger. Apparently, in the summer they add in fresh mint.
After lunch, we headed out to Fatehpur Sikri, which was a city built by the mutual emperor in the 16th century. The city was larger than London when it was constructed, but was only the capital for 14 years from 1571 to 1585.
On the bus up to the fort was a couple of Brits, one of which was born in India and moved when she was a baby soon after the revolution. Her parents were bitter about being forced out and only now, for her 60th birthday did she finally come back and see where she was born. Dad is still not happy about her coming here.
When we arrived in Agra, we immediately drove to the Moon Garden to take pictures of the Taj Mahal from across the river. Wow! I don't know what to say. The building is unbelievable. I can't even imagine how speechless I am going to be in the morning when we actually go inside to see it. We were just in the gardens for 45 min and the changing colors were wild. hard to believe it until you see it.