The above pictures are a little blurry because I was taking them on the train coming into Agra, from New Delhi. Yep we made our train at 6am. We took the express train to Agra to go see the Taj Mahal! Very exciting. It's good the pictures are blurry because all the people come out to use the bathroom between the train tracks and the city wall! It was good we were moving.
So we took a golf cart instead of a camel cart to the Taj. We got our tickets and went through the gate where they check your bags and there were a dozen or so monkeys eating the food the guards were taking out of peoples bags. No food on the grounds. You can take a bottle of water, but that is about it. The Taj was built in 22 years for the Sultan's second wife. She died giving birth to their 14th child. On her death bed she asked that he not marry again, which he did. To take care of their children and to build her a memorial that was original. So he spent all of the peoples money and build the Taj Mahal. His wife is buried under the taj. As you approach the Taj you come to a gate built out of red stone that you have to go through to see the Taj. Our guide, Ramish, said it's like unveiling a beautiful woman or object. The wall and gate were built after the Taj was finished and there are 22 small white domes on top of the gate representing the 22 years it took to build the Taj Mahal.