What? A trip to Taj Mahal, Agra.
When? Saturday, June 13
How? The plan of Taj Mahal trip was an impromptu one that was conceived when I was lying down on the ground of Lodhi Garden Friday evening and looking at the sky hoping to count a few dozens stars. [I don’t have the photos of that particular day but I had done the same thing, counting stars, in Lodhi Garden before as well. Here are the images from that June day: One, Two, Three.] I had gone there along with Satish and he started giving a small lecture about where can trains take me in India. He also tried to convince me against driving to places like Mathura or Agra (as opposed to train journeys) arguing that I was still not “acclimatized” (Ah, this words made me feel I was going to Gosaikunda, not Mathura) with Indian roads and traffic systems. It was already 8 PM and was decided on that auspicious hour that we leave for Agra in less than 10 hours. I woke up even before the alarm clock that was set for 5 am performed its duty. I think that was the earliest in years. My usual wake up time is around 9 am while 7 am or 8 am are generally early hours for me to get out of bed. I woke up, took shower, put new clothes and was ready for the day. Then I called Satish only to hear from his mother that he has gone back to sleeping after he was woken up at 4 am. I was determined to make the trip happen. So I moved out of home, towards the nearby Nizamuddin railway station to catch a train to Tajmahal, Agra. The Taj Express was scheduled to leave the station at 7:15 am. Continue reading A Trip to Taj Mahal (Part I- Indian Railways)