We finished our tour of Agra with a stop at the 'mini' Taj Mahal, just across the Yamuna River from the real deal. Just like the Taj, the mini-Taj featured a stately red-brown entrance gate.
I liked this detailed sign just inside the entrance.
1. Admission tickets of all monuments are available here.
2. Wheel chairs are available here.
3. Stretchers are available here. (What?!)
4. First aid facilities are available here.
5. Complaint/Suggestion book is available here.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA
I was getting a bit worried about my safety given #3 above. However, we carried on inside and enjoyed striking views of the mini-Taj.
We took off our shoes and were able to go inside.
Colorful, floral decorations lined the walls.
I liked the bright yellow floor decked out in geometric pattern.
As we did in many places in India, we ran into a group of people that found us strangely fascinating. They mimed for us to pose for a picture with their daughter while the entire family gathered round to watch. In this case, the guy used a video camera instead of taking a still photograph.
We took one last look around the garden and then headed for the exit.
We spotted a cattle heron just like the ones we saw in Hawaii last year.
As you can see here, security is ever present but mostly laid back at these places.
We made one final stop in town at Cafe Coffee Day (seems like the Starbucks of India) for something to eat and to waste a little time before our train. We'd seen every attraction in town and still had two hours until our train was due to depart.
After a long day, we definitely slept well that night!