Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Road to Taj Mahal

After spending two long days at the supplier in Delhi, India, we took a break to give them time to complete a few action items. During our day off, we drove down to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. Alvin and I have decide that anyone cited for road rage should be sentenced to driving in India for a week. It is crazy. No one stays in their lane, cows (and people) wander freely across the roads, and our driver has to dodge all of the slow moving traffic (horse, cow, camel, elephant, bicycle, weird three wheeled vehicles, people jaywalking) in addition to on coming vehicles that decide they ought to drive on our side of the road. The 175 km (110 mile) trip took us 5 hours each way.

It was worth it - the Taj Mahal is by far the most exquisite structure I have ever seen. Nothing even comes close. Every building in the entire compound could be considered a masterpiece. The Taj Mahal itself is white marble with semi-precious stone inlays (onyx, jade, lapis lazuli, carnelion, etc.), the other buildings in the compound are sandstone and white marble with semi-precious stone inlays. It took 20,000 workers 22 years to complete. Just an amazing place.

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