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Feb 12, 2020 - The 'Youngsters' Take Agra

@@@@@@@ Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about the Taj Mahal and other treasures, in and around Agra: BACKGROUND Taj Mahal The Taj was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. The death of Mumtaz left the emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned grey virtually overnight. Construction of the Taj began the following year; although the main building is thought to have been built in eight years, the whole...

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Oct 21, 2019 - Taj Mahal at Sunset just mesmerising and perfect symmetry

As we loaded back into Mr Singh car escorted by Asisis, we were heading the Worlds most recognised and iconic buildings, one of the Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. I do not need any explanation as to why this was built, but the perfect symmetry, pure beauty and the precise care and attention paid to its skilled craftsmen, materials and love, make it a serene, calm and magical place. As we ran the gauntlet of traders, beggars, wild thieving monkeys and docile beasts of burden, we finally reached the entrance gate. After being throughly...

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Oct 21, 2019 - Delhi to Agra and the Red Fort

Following another interesting drive from Delhi to Agra, to go see the Taj Mahal. We arrived at our hotel and headed straight up to the pool. There we had our first glimpse of the Taj Mahal across the rooftops and power lines of Agra. Following a quick swim and some beers we were escorted to the Red fort, by our guide named Assish. Unlike Mr Jeep he was engaging and very helpful to clear queues and move others along. The red fort was built by the Third ruler of the Maharajas. It took over 60 years to complete and therefore was completed by...

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Jul 23, 2019 - Hat's off to Agra

Another phenomenal breakfast from our lovely hosts at Jaipur Haveli to start the day! Wish we had more room to eat as the food just keeps on coming. Today we are heading to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. First stop on our journey from Jaipur is a stepwell (which is even more amazing than the stepwell we had seen the prior day). Only sour note was the ridiculous cost for entrance (500 rupees for a site that can be seen in 5 - 15 minutes max). To put it into context - the Taj Mahal tickets (which I purchased online) only cost 1100 rupees...

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Dec 5, 2018 - Agra

One of Gilli's dreams came true when we visited the Taj Mahal in Agra. It was magnificent and she was ecstatic. It took 20000 workers over 22 years from 1631 to construct the opulent mausoleum and it remains impressive. A tonga ride was less impressive but fun. The tough little pony used for our personal ride was called upon to haul not only the four of us but also the driver, our guide and a 'hanger on'....plus the cart! The Agra Fort built in 1666AD was another spectacular feature of the city which was the capital before the move of the...

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Nov 27, 2018 - We’ll Always Have the Taj

Day 13: Agra - New Delhi We’ll Always Have the Taj I admit it; I’m a sucker for a good love story and lots of drama. Add that to the architectural marvel of one of the seven wonders of the modern world, and I didn’t have a chance. I fell in love with the Taj Mahal. The back story, in my own words, is that the Emperor, Shah Jahan, loved his third wife, Mumtaz, so much that when she died giving birth to her 14th child in 1631, he was a mess. Rumor has it that his hair turned gray overnight, and he started building her mausoleum the next...

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Nov 26, 2018 - Karma Happens

Day 12: Jaipur - Agra Karma Happens Our long bus ride to Agra was actually quite fun. I enjoyed watching the parade of farm land with its rows of cabbage and other green crops being tended by mostly women. Restaurants with clever names like “Eating and Meeting,” fruit and grocery vendor stands, and the omnipresent cow broke up the monotony. Small shops popped up on the highway in front of modest villages tucked just behind. Still lots of motorcycles and scooters honking and beeping with abandon but at a much reduced volume than in the major...

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Dec 6, 2017 - Agra

It is 4:30 am once again, and I have finished sleeping. My body has attuned itself to this time it appears, despite any desires to be able to sleep longer. We had a tiring day yesterday, getting up early to meditate, eat some breakfast, pack up, settle with the hotel, get the porters to help carry all our luggage through the maze of lanes, avoiding poop bombs, and stuff everything into a car by 8 am to the airport - a time advised by the hotel staff, so we wouldn't get caught in the traffic snarls of Varanasi, and miss our noon flight to...

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Oct 21, 2017 - Agra India

Friday 20th October 2017 Delhi to Agra Had breakfast in the hotel then back to the room and packed our bags as we were leaving this morning. It is a public holiday here in India today for Diwali and not many places will be open. We set off in the bus and the first place we visited was the Baha’i Temple shaped like a gigantic lotus leaf. Very similar in many ways in structure and design to the Sydney Opera House. We looked at the grounds and were ushered in single file into the temple. It is plain and unadorned inside but with beautiful...

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Nov 1, 2016 - Agra to Ranthambore

We left Agra this morning for Ranthambore in Rajastan. It was a long day spent mostly sitting on a bus. We did stop at a Fort built by Akbar the great. My only comment is that once you have seen one red fort, you have seen them all. Sort of like visiting castles and churches in Europe. We arrived in Ranthambore around 6 PM after being in the road for 10 hours, including our stop at the Fort, and settled into our bungalows at the Tiger Den Resort. Not much else to say. Supper was Indian food. The same Indian food we have had at every stop....

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Oct 31, 2016 - Agra

Today was a busy day as we got up early to go see the sunrise at the Taj Mahal. We took an insane amount of pictures because of its magnificence and because it was the Taj Mahal. What can you say but it must have been true love to build the Taj Mahal as a tomb for a favorited wife. After the Taj Mahal we visited the Red Fort in Agra. Also pretty impressive but not in the league of the Taj Mahal. However the shah that built the Taj Mahal was put under house arrest in the Red Fort for 35 yeas after he was deposed by his third son. He had some...

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Oct 22, 2016 - Agra et son Taj Mahal

Voici le lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/yDMYvoqKC3WX4xEi6 Nous voici maintenant à Agra. L'excitation est à son comble car nous allons finalement voir de nos yeux l'une des merveilles du monde architectural: Le Taj Mahal. Le Tāj Mahal qui signifie « le palais de la couronne » en persan, est situé au bord de la rivière Yamunâ, dans l'État de l'Uttar Pradesh, en Inde. C'est un mausolée de marbre blanc construit par l'empereur moghol musulman Shâh Jahân en mémoire de son épouse Arjumand...

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