But first on our list, to get us more excited for the building we were really here for was the "Baby Taj" (I wrongly called it the Mini Taj in my video) which is actually the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. It was built before the Taj Mahal and is in a similar style, hence why it's called the Baby Taj.
While we were visiting it was a beautiful hazy evening and the light around the place was just perfect. The whole place was stunning. This building actually had a lot more detail in the stonework and a nicer interior than the Taj Mahal but I guess it's easier to do detail on a smaller building. And as with most Islamic architecture is so beautifully symmetrical.
For some reason I wasn't expecting it to be as big as it is. It is so so so massive, unbelievably so. And so beautiful. Though the inside is crowded and dark and small and wasn't a very nice experience but one I felt I had to do while I was there.
Though one thing that disgusted me was finding out that Indian Visitors to the Taj not only have a separate queue at the back of the place but they actually have to pay more than foreign visitors. I can't believe they think that's ok.
I have to say since this I've been on much nicer sleeper trains with space, air-con, and a lock on the door. But at least we had clean bedding and a fan. And though as a vegan I shouldn't be saying this I recommend getting yourself a silk sleeper if you're planning to go on sleeper trains, it's just very nice to have something of your own to sleep in and they're especially helpful if you end up on a slightly suspect bunk. They just make you feel more safe and at home.
here. And as usual I have a little video diary to accompany this part of the journey which I hope you'll have a little watch of.
I will see you in my next post on Tuesday. Don't know what it's going to be, though I do know next Friday is another post from Agra all about the lovely people at Sheroes Hangout so check back then for more!
Thanks for reading!