A Pit Stop at the Taj Mahal

AGRA, India — The facilities at the Taj Mahal were, to put it mildly, rustic.

Housed in a colonnade made of red sandstone, the public restroom stalls were located near the Great Gate. Considering the healthy admission fee, especially for foreigners, I had expected at least the luxury of toilet paper.

Alas, it was a good thing I had been prepared for such an occasion and even had foreknowledge of the left-hand rule. A small water spigot near the stall door provided a place to wash both right and left hands.

Not thinking about it too much, I returned to my self-guided tour of the Taj.


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