India - Mini-Taj Mahal and Around

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.
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.
The ceiling featured a marble star burst.
We peeked out at the flanking buildings through the door...
...and latticework windows.
We took one final loop around the inside before heading back outside.
We spotted a few monkeys frolicking in the flowers.
We ambled away from the main attractions and took a detour around the perimeter.
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 hopped back into our cab and headed for the river.  En route, we saw a number of places selling/renting sound systems.  Those speakers look like they pack a punch!
We arrived at a crumbling park and monument along the Yamuna River.  We admired the deep blue artwork on the facade.
We looked over the edge of the property onto the riverbank below.  Workers were busy making fuel patties from dung.
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.
Eventually, we returned to the Agra Cantt train station to await our ride back to Delhi.  We got well-acquainted with the train station since we were early and our train was delayed by a good hour and a half.
After a long day, we definitely slept well that night!



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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: India - Mini-Taj Mahal and Around
India - Mini-Taj Mahal and Around
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