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Jan 22, 2016 - The Taj Mahal and the Art of Camping

After a surprisingly user-friendly train from Delhi, we arrived in Agra, home of the most romantic wonder of the world: the Taj Mahal. I'll cut to the chase - it's magnificent. The sheer size, the pure white marble, the intricate detail, the creative architecture, the love story behind it (actually, to be honest, Mumtaz Mahal sounds like she was quite the demanding woman). The thousands of other tourists only prove how magnetic this place is, rather than spoil the experience. We were even lucky enough to eavesdrop on a tour group, so we got...

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Jan 9, 2016 - Shopping

Mo has done the majority of shopping and buying. This is not to say Jim has no interest, it's just that he has a much narrower range of interest. Mo's first major purchase was from a Co-op. In that shop, items were made by local villagers, and 70% of profit was guaranteed for the crafts person. Mo did not bargain. Next was a set of custom hot weather outfits previously mentioned. Most recent was a rug from an Agra factory. Rugs are hand woven according to a factory design in a nearby village from Australian or New Zealand wool. The weavers...

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Nov 4, 2015 - Taj Mahal and Agra illness

With great anticipation we arrived in Agra, ready to tick one of the world's wonders off our list, the Taj Mahal. Built in the 1600's by the Mughal Shah Jahan for his wife, who died in childbirth of their 14th child, the Taj is arguably the most stunning mausoleum in the world. The stunning exterior did not disappoint, with its gleaming white imported marble, architectural details designed to inspire (e.g. stripes widening at the top to look more symmetrical from the ground), and inlay of precious and semi-precious stones. Unfortunately,...

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Jul 22, 2015 - Taj Mahal

Vandaag was het zover. We hebben de Taj Mahal bezocht. Het staat bekend als één van de mooiste gebouwen ter wereld. Nou roept tot nu toe iedere local guide dat wat we nu gaan zien “The most beautiful in the wold” is, maar dit keer klopte het wel. We waren er al om kwart over acht in de ochtend om de ergste hitte en drukte te vermijden. Het was meer dan de moeite waard. Een volledig in wit marmer uitgevoerd mausoleum. Gebouwd door Shah Jahan, eerder oneerbiedig door ons Sjaak de Haan genoemd, voor zijn geliefde vrouw die bij het 14e kind in...

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Jul 21, 2015 - Op naar Agra

Lang in de bus gezeten vandaag richting Agra. Het is een groot land en als je wat wilt zien moet je reizen. We zaten met tien man in een grote airconditionde bus dus we hadden het beter dan de mensen in al die stadsbussen die uitpuilen van de mensen. Zelfs op het dak, dat schijnt goedkoper te zijn. Onderweg zijn we nog gestopt bij een Hindoetempel die geheel gewijd was aan de Monkey god Hanuman, die zijn leven heeft gewijd aan het dienen van een veel krachtiger God Rama. In het boek The White Tiger van Robert Nathan wordt hij omschreven als...

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Feb 28, 2015 - Agra and the Taj Mahal

Saturday 28th Feb 2015 As yesterday we get 2 alarm calls - why? No idea, maybe they don't trust us to get up. We both try the Indian food again, I quite like the spicy Sambhar soupy stuff, it helps soften some of the harder fare! Our Cox & Kings rep - this time it's Parmesh - calls just before nine and we get checked out with minimum fuss and a smallish bill. Drinks and WiFi access. Now here I' m going to have a moan. When you are paying top dollar to stay in a suite in a 5 star hotel, I think the WiFi with unlimited access should be...

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Jan 28, 2015 - Agra and the Magnificant Taj Mahal

We are off early but it is likely the train will be late due to the fog. The original plan was to go in the open air cantors the 15 minutes to train station some have bundled up like eskimos expecting a rain. So it is a wonderful surprise when the local guide has arranged closed in vans. Our luggage except for carryon left at 4 pm yesterday and will meet us at the final train stop. This is our first experience with a train in India and while we don’t see the infamous people sitting on top there are definitely different classes and a big...

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Oct 18, 2014 - Delhi - more of the tour!

First call India gate. War memorial originally designed by Lutyens to commemorate all of India's fallen in the 1st World War? It is now inscribed with names from all following wars including some British military. We come across the first of many school groups. The children are immaculate in their uniforms and behave impeccably, walking with a hand on the shoulder of the child in front of them. Of course we have to have a photo call with them! Next we go to Raj Ghat, the site of Gandhis cremation as well as of other prominent politicians &...

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Mar 22, 2014 - Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur

March 16-22 - India We arrived in Varanasi, India’s holiest city, last Sunday - located on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. That night we rode/walked to the river (through throngs of people, like you’ve never seen before….multitudes of people and most live in poverty, its hard to believe) for the Varanasi Ganges Aarti ceremony (the worshipping of the sacred Ganges River) – performed every sunset. This ceremony happens every night and a smaller one every morning….it’s hard to absorb the religious culture quickly, as Christians….well at...

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Dec 10, 2013 - Taj Mahal

The experience of a three-hour drive to Agra was completely new and different, as my friends Jens, Nancy, and I traveled on a six-lane, straight superhighway toll road with hardly any traffic and now cows. The Taj Mahal is absolutely incredible to see. Built for his 3rd wife as a memorial—she must have been a very special person, but she had to die before he build this amazing complex. The detailed carvings and inserted gemstone decoration make this enormous building of marble look lacy and light. It has a vibrancy in the natural light that...

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Nov 23, 2013 - the Taj

The first thing that leaps to mind when you think about visiting India is seeing the Taj Mahal. We have certainly taken our sweet time, but we are finally here and it has more than lived up to expectations. Every year more than twice the number of residents in Agra move through its gates to catch a glimpse of poetry in stone. Most of the tourists appeared to be Indian, a bit of a surprise. The story behind the Taj is a testimony to love and romance. It was built by Shah Jahan (grandson of Akbar who built the Red Fort) as a memorial for his...

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Nov 22, 2013 - the Red Fort

This morning I had a bit of a lie in to recharge my batteries while Ken joined the avid birders in a dawn visit to Keoladeo National Park. Today this park is a bird sanctuary, but it used to belong to the rajahs who used the park as a hunting preserve. According to the sign in the park on November 12, 1938 Lord Linlithgow came with a hunting party holding 39 guns and killed 3,044 birds in the morning and 1,229 more in the afternoon. It’s a wonder there are any birds left. Then we drove on to Agra to visit the Red Fort, one of three built...

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