Just to have a brush with Indian train, I decided to travel by train to
Agra. I started off early in the morning and reached Agra after nearly
three hours by Taj express train. As advised by my travel agent , I got
down at Agra cantt Railway station. I landed my first step on the
platform, with caution and excitement. I found the station too crowded,
bustling with the cries of hawkers selling various items. The cacophony
of train whistles and human cries , rendered me totally clueless. On
asking for help from a person, he ushered me to the forecourt of the
platform. There were large number of auto-rickshaws, taxis waiting in
I boarded a taxi and asked the taxi-driver to take me to Taj. As, we
started, the scenes which flashed before my eyes were quite disturbing.
The roads in Agra are shabby and narrow, city looks dingy and the air is
filled with dust. The traffic pollution is appalling.
Most of Agra is on the west bank of the River Yamuna , with fort at its
On the west of the city there are the labyrinthine bazaars of the Jami
Masjid district, to the southeast is the enclave of Taj Ganj, directly
south of the Taj . While passing through Sadar bazaar, taxi-driver said,
"This is the place where most of the mid and upper range hotels
As soon we reached Taj, I was thunderstruck by the sheer majesty of
Taj. All my picture-postcard memories were sent rolling into the air. To
put in words Taj is like a lotus in the mud. It effortlessly transcends
all the frippery and commercialism that surrounds it . It is bound to
have a fresh and immediate impact on all who see it.