We couldn’t come all the way to India and not make a call in at The Taj! With a great two for one deal on air fairs it was a no-brainer to fly up north for a quick whirl wind visit to Jaipur and the Taj in Agra.
Jaipur has some great old forts and ancient markets in the pink city. There were elephants walking the streets and working camels everywhere. But even with all this Jaipur was just a North Indian appetizer for what was to come. Our two days there flew buy in anticipation.
The Taj is one of those rare things in life that actually lives up to the hype. We spent two hours the first day just sitting and staring at the back side of it from across a river and it was still one of the most stunning things we had ever seen. When you walk up to it through the front gates it absolutely overwhelms you. You can’t take your eyes off it and you can hardly even speak.
The beauty of the Taj is even made greater by the absolute hole of a town that is Agra. Agra is a bunch of narrow alleys that brought back to mind Thamel in Kathmandu… only it smelled worse. At night they dump trash and sewage into the river running behind the Taj and the whole town smells so bad you can hardly breath. But enough about that - we are not the first people to call Agra a hole. Everybody else who has ever been there has already made this point quite clear.
So…given to collapsing global property values, and savings due to poor location, we did decide to put an offer in on the Taj. We expect to hear back from our agent in the next few days. Ofcourse, if we get it we’ll renovate. First, the plain white is a little boring and hard to keep clean so we will definitely paint. We are thinking mud brown. Satellite TV’s a must, so you can expect a dish on the top. We are thinking the spires on the right side would be a great place to hang outdoor hammocks. And lastly, a second mausoleum…you know, for the kids. That should help get that value back up!