An early start at 5am began our day. Following a shopping trip yesterday in New Delhi, we put on our best Indian dress for our day to the 8th wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal. After a quick breakfast in the hotel, we set off on our four hour bus journey to the Taj. It’s safe to say there wasn’t much sleep had on the bus due to the sing song and craic, despite the lack of sleep in prior nights. We experienced the private motorway which I must admit was a lot less stressful than the hectic commotion of the drivers of New Delhi City and after a scenic four hours, we finally arrived at the absolutely beautiful Trident Hotel. We were greeted with cold refreshments and some tasty treats that were much needed for the exciting day that lay ahead.
After a good covering of sun cream and mosquito spray, we headed straight to the Taj Mahal and despite seeing many photos of the wonder itself, nothing could have prepared us for the wonder that we were about to see. We parked up the bus and crammed the team into a small and ‘slightly’ sweaty van (slightly being a drastic under exaggeration) and headed for the ticket booths. Under the scorching hot sun we queued in anticipation. After we all got through security we bustled along with the thousands of other visitors towards the Taj Mahal. What amazed me the most was that despite being in the grounds, I was still unable to see the majestic building until we walked through the Paradise Gate and finally the beauty was unveiled. WOW! This is the only word I can use to describe my reaction; it was truly breath–taking. Like every tourist, we scrambled to get the best photos and made every effort to get photos of us ‘holding’ the Taj Mahal! We wandered round the beautiful grounds and building and marvelled at the amazing marble and the incredible workmanship. After a fantastic tour led by a wonderfully knowledgeable guide, Khan, we headed for home via an authentic Indian Marble shop. We learned a few ‘tricks of the trade’ and were able to buy some of the beautiful art and some fantastic colourful silk scarves and pashminas.
Tired and exhausted after such a thrilling day we set off back to New Delhi to the hotel for a much needed shower and a good sleep. Tomorrow we set off bright and early to start our teaching journey in Dehradun. We can’t wait to meet the children in SNEHA School!
Posted in Lurgan & Holywood Team 2018
on Sunday 1 July 2018