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Location: New Delhi and Agra

Today, we arose early with the imminent threat of a four and a half hour car ride from Delhi to Agra looming over our heads. Gritting our teeth, we loaded ourselves into vans at 8:00 in the morning in order to see the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Entering through the east gate, were rapidly met with the grand view of the guest quarters, which were constructed from beautiful red sandstone imported from a province only forty kilometers away. As we delved further into this magnificent structure, we were informed that it was, in fact, a tomb, finished in 1653, after 22 years of work by 20,000 laborers. The tomb itself is made of solid white marble, taken from a quarry 400 kilometers away and transported by a fleet of 1,000 elephants. The experience as a whole was phenomenal, and provided us with more than our fair share of photographic opportunities. After our experience was complete, we commenced the long and arduous drive back to Delhi.