Next day we departed to Agra, the city with one of the Seven Wonders of the World and an UNESCO World Heritage, The Taj Mahal. It may be a world heritage, but the city wasn’t. It is like a heaven for pollution and garbage. The famous river Yamuna flowing behind the Taj Mahal is polluted and the air too which results in the change in colour of the white marble monument to yellow. And again it’s the people who are responsible for this change. But today governments are doing their best to preserve and clean this Earth to protect what our ancestors have left behind. And so our first stop was the Taj Mahal. It was the second time I am seeing it, but the last time I visited here, it was closed and we had to see it from behind. Thinking about it makes me laugh every time. The beauty of the Taj Mahal cannot be written down on a paper and maybe cannot possibly be expressed even by a poet. According to the guide, words from the Khuraan were inscribed on the marble of the monument. And not only the Taj Mahal, but every monument around it and even the entrance was beautifully designed and built. The garden was superb and it was scientifically created. Crowd was obvious there, and the queue to go inside the Taj Mahal was never-ending. And so we decided to avoid it and go to our next location and another UNESCO World Heritage, Agra Fort. It was the fort of the Mughal dynasty which was then open to public. The fort is now a tourist destination and daily lakhs of tourists visit the fort. The fort is in a close range of The Taj Mahal. In fact, Taj Mahal can be seen from the balcony of the fort. We roamed around the fort along with the guide who was telling everything about the fort including it’s history. Some were very much interested about the information he was providing, and some like me were just seeing around the fort and following them.
And this concludes our journey or so-called Industrial Visit. We reached the Agra Railway Station to return to Nagpur, and this was the point where my thoughts struck me with an axe made up of my subconscious mind and some part of my heart. That’s when I realized that I didn’t want to go back to my ordinary life. That’s when I realized that the only thing I loved at that moment was the adventure I was doing and the experience I was gaining by roaming around my country. That’s when I realized that the thing which makes me the happiest person on this planet is the thing I was leaving there. That’s when I realized that I didn’t want to leave this adventurous life, the nature, the mountains, the greenery, the city and the culture of the people living there. I wanted to experience all the things I saw and the things I didn’t. That’s when everything got clear and I was convinced that I need to think about my future now, about what exactly I want to do, about what exactly I want to pursue, and about what I want to be. Because a person is defined by what they do, and I am definitely not what I think I am but want to be something else. After this journey I realized that I am someone who doesn’t want to be static and stay in one place, instead I want to be dynamic and go from place to place to complete my new and only goal to see the real Earth and to experience the beauty of the nature and the culture of the people living here. And I decided that I am going to do exactly that.
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