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Jami Masjid, the biggest mosque in Delhi, very impressive, shame about the guy on the gate. We paid him to get in and hired Emma a stunning ‘Mosque approved’ cover up – not quite the full burka but getting there 🙂 Then he walked with us and showed us around… amazing place it was. Guy demanded money as we left – we gave him a bit and he wanted more, needless to say he didn’t get it.

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Next we walked down some lanes to the Red Fort, it was still early, about 8.30, and lots of guys were wheeling carts of bricks, Emma nearly got run down but managed to leap out of the way.

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The Red Fort is a spectacular area comprising of various Moghul emporer bits – redstone walls and gateways and beautiful white marble audience rooms, pavillions and royal chambers. Incredible carvings and inlaid stones. We were also spotted by a school trip of about 50 kids who wanted photos with us – boys with Paul and girls with Emma – encouraged by their teachers, we obliged 🙂 However, Emma has lost the picture of the boys, opps.

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Our busy morning over, we zipped over to the railway station and jumped on the train to Agra,  3 hours including a tepid but very tasty curry lunch. Lots to see out of the window and a coolish carriage in the heat – its averaging low to mid 30s most days….

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At Agra we struck another deal with a driver to take us to the Fort, the Taj and back to the station. So off we set and saw more beautiful red sandstone and marble at Agra Fort. But nothing to compare to the beauty of the Taj Mahal. Enourmous tomb of white marble, gleaming. We stayed until sunset and then made our way back to the station via a local restaurant reccomended by the driver. Train was late and we finally got back to the hotel about 11.30. Long but amazing day!

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