Licking Taj

A bleary eyes Miles awoke at 5.30AM ready to pay a visit to one of the 7 wonders of the world.

After a short queue I walked through the entrance gates to see the Taj Mahal in it’s imposing beauty. It was every bit as striking and regal as I imagined.

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Typical tourist photos were taken. I mixed it up by licking it like an ice cream – wonder if that’s ever been done before?

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The view from the Taj Mahal looking forwards…

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The view from the back of the Taj Mahal looking across the Yamuna river…

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Close up details…

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We then headead back to the hotel for what I expected to be a continental breakfast. The waiter proudly unveiled 3 heated containers on the breakfast table, smiling as he announced options of pasta (with tomato sauce, no less), a roti and an unusual omelette. I played it safe with toast, and requested a glass of apple juice, which was concerningly cloudy but not in an endearing Copella sort of way.

Next came the drive to Jaipur, crossings from Uttar-Pradesh into Rajasthan. Stopping at Fadhbur Sihkri to explore more ruins, we meandered through the decayed buildings, passing locals with donkeys and stone masons at work.

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Our second to last port of call for the day was one I have been anticipating for months. Since I saw a Buzzfeed post on 28 incredibly beautiful places you won’t believe actually exist. No7 was the Chand Baori step well.

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Harry (our driver) said that he found out about the well in 2002. In 2005 he brought a lonely planet writer to it, it was later published in the 2006 lonely planet travel guide for India. Since then tourist demand to visit the well has rapidly increased.

Perhaps if it wasn’t for Harry taking the travel writer to the well all those years ago I would never have known of it’s existence…

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A guide told me that the well stored water but also acted as a place for men and women to wash, on the left and right hand side.

The last stop of the day, on the journey to Jaipur was to the monkey temple. It was more like a village, and the architecture, location and views were equally as attractive as the extremely photogenic monkeys.

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Mum and dad checking for flees…

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