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Farewell India - The Taj Mahal | by Trey Ratcliff
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Farewell India - The Taj Mahal

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India is a beautiful and magical place. I wish I could say my journey to get to this exact vantage point was the just as beautiful and magical, but it was not.


I really wanted a unique vantage point, and I was reticent to try to set up inside the complex with the teaming crowds. So, I talked my driver into taking me to the backside of the Taj Mahal because I had seen a river back there on Google Maps. We started circumnavigating the place and we came to the old trestle bridge. It was quite a long stretch to get across the river. The bridge was just barely standing, and everything about the dilapidated structure was sketchy. We were the only car on it, and it was hard to get around all the ox-carts, donkeys, and bicycles.


Looking out the window at the rusting girders, I asked our driver, “When was this built?”


He wobbled his head and said, “Eighty-three.”


Well, I thought for a moment. That doesn’t sound so old.


Then he turned back to me, “Eighteen Eighty-three.”


Read more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.


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Taken on November 10, 2007