AGRA AND TAJ MAHAL
Waking up early in the morning (the train to Agra leaves at 06:15 in the morning), I realized that it was raining in Delhi. This is bad, because all the impurities begin to flow through the streets of the city. After a while the rain ended, I checked out of the hotel and went to New Delhi Railway Station. It turned out that Delhi never sleeps, even at night. Many people on the streets of the city – almost like during the day.
I drove in a sit-in Bhopal Shtbdi express train. There were a lot of Russians on the train. The train went almost on schedule. After some time, they began to carry tea. Water in thermoses and separately tea sets (tea kit) Meals on weels with the logo of the Indian Railways – with two bags of tea and two bags of sugar, powdered milk, and biscuits. Then they began to carry food, which was a bit spicy. The sets also included mango juice in small packets of Tetra Pak. After the trays with dirty dishes were collected, the conductor began to walk with a tray and collect money. He seems determined to make his own tea. I had to put him on the tray 10 rupees (7 rubles for our money). It seems to be behind. Strange traditions. Meals, by the way, are included in the price – 270 rubles for India is a lot.
Tickets were bought in advance on the website of the Indian Agency. At the same time, there were always tickets to the train to Agra, but there were few tickets to the return (passing) train – as soon as sales were opened, they allocated only a few places from Agra to Delhi. In India it is very difficult to buy train tickets.
So, our train arrived at Agra Cantonment station. I got out of the car and went to look for a cloakroom to leave a backpack there. So called luggage storage on the railway in India. I went out into the street, tuk-tukers immediately attacked me with an offer to go somewhere. I had to go back to the station. The entrance to the storage chamber was from the side of the platform. Having handed over a backpack there, I went outside. I was attacked by tuk-tukers again. I asked one of them what he wanted. He said he wanted to take me to the Taj Mahal. I asked how much – he muttered something indistinct, sort of like 80 rupees. I showed him the map of Agra and said that for such money I would go on foot. He began to drop the price and said that he was a prepaid taxi. Called to go after him to the booth prepaid. There was another Hindu. Together they showed me a price in which the cost of the trip is marked as 100 rupees and that these prices are government prices. I said that I would go on foot. They asked how much I want. I called the price 40 rupees. They said it was too cheap. After this answer, I immediately went in the direction of the Taj Mahal. The tuk-tuker catches up with me and says that he agrees to my price. I went over and together they added another 5 rupees as a service charge. They wrote out a receipt, but for some reason it was picked up by a tuk-tuker. The total cost of a tuk-tuk trip was about 30 rubles for 7 kilometers.
Tuk-Tuker said that his name is Malik and he has a book of comments and suggestions. He gave her a look. There were a lot of different entries, including in Russian. There are even reviews from the Japanese. It seems like all the reviews are good – at least I haven’t found any bad reviews.
Tuk-Tuker Malik said that we arrived. He thanked him and went on foot to the Taj Mahal. There are about a kilometer away from the tuk-tukers stop – they are not allowed to go further, since exhaust fumes can destroy the Taj Mahal marble. Only rickshaws and camel carts ride.
Not far from the Taj Mahal. Near each sight there are all kinds of pedicabs, tuk-tukers, etc. Everyone wants to make some money on tourists. The entrance to the Taj Mahal costs 750 rupees for foreigners (about 500 rubles). For local kind of like 30 rupees. That is, the difference is several dozen times!