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Oct 29, 2013 - Agra

4.30 comes around much too fast – particularly as there had been a wedding party going on next door. We set off in our minibus at 5.00, transfer to a tuk-tuk and then walk the last 50m, and manage to be first in the queue (in the dark) at the east gate – the gates don’t open until 6.30. Bhanu has gone to get our tickets and takes quite a while – we are starting to get worried. The queue is getting long behind us. Sue (England) starts talking to a man at the gate who promises to let us in anyway. He has worked there for 40 years. Entry is...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Agra - Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Agra - Taj Mahal and Agra Fort The alarm clock wakes up Brian at 4:15am. Eke has been awake since 3am. Time to shower, get dressed and be in the lobby at 5am to meet the others and start the day! We climb into the minibus and drive a few kilometers, then get into a tuk tuk while Bhanu gets the tickets for us to get into the Taj Mahal. We continue on and walk the last 50 meters to the East Gate where we are first in the line up. It is 5:30am by now and still dark. The gates open at 6:30am. We stand in line and wait for Bhanu to bring us the...

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Oct 28, 2013 - Chanderi to Agra

Chanderi - Agra Wake up time is 6am - nice hot shower and ready for our early morning adventure at 7am. Two 4wheel drive vehicles took us over - what else - bumpy roads into the countryside. Our vehicle is also being used by a government official and has a specific horn that tells people to get out of the way of a VIP. We drove through a village or two by a lake that are at least 1000 years old according to Mustafa. Again, smiles and hellos and namaste's and we do the royal wave back. We drive over terrain where hardly any vehicle goes -...

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Aug 31, 2013 - 28 August - Agra

On Wed 28 August we drove the 235km from Orchha to Agra, starting at 8am and arriving at our hotel at 4.30pm. We were met on the outskirts of Agra by our local guide, Ali, who hopped on the back of a motorbike to guide us through the chaotic traffic to the Ushar Kiran Palace Hotel - just as well, we wouldn't have found it otherwise. The rest of the day was chill out time, then dinner and an early night for a 5.30am start the next day to see the sunrise at the Taj Mahal. Of course there are lots of other buildings and sights in Agra, but the...

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Aug 25, 2013 - Agra, Taj Mahal

We joined a tour group in Delhi to ease ourselves in to our travels, initially our tuk tuk takes us to Park C Inn instead of C Park Inn (very confusing). Leanne falls in the door for our tour meeting (clumsey at the best of times especially when there's a hidden step!) and we meet our guide for the next two weeks - Harshvardhan (Harsh) who has the best handlebar moustache in India. With the entire group we went for a slap up meal where we try a non-veg meal for the first time. The following morning we left Delhi by train and headed to Agra...

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Jul 3, 2013 - Taj Mahal

We were meant to get up early and see the Taj at sunrise. Our guide advised that it was going to be misty in the morning so we took his advice and had a lie in, good call. The story behind the monument is inspiring and so is the monument, I was however disappointed by the commercial side of things. Some bloke followed us around putting both of us in to model poses and taking photographs, he took 60 and asked the small sum of $100 for the pleasure we came away with 1 for the princely Geordie bargaining price of 100 rupees or £1.10p. The...

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Jul 2, 2013 - Day 1 in Agra

Today we left Delhi and drove about four hours to Agra. The driving is madness our driver told us that you need four things to drive in India. A good horn good brakes ten pairs of eyes and good luck . He wasn't far wrong.He says you are taught to look for a space on the road and go for it pipping as you go ! We saw 14 people in a tuc tuc and at one point there were two camels and a cow in amongst all of the traffic. On route we stopped at the tomb of some dead bloke who's grandson had a favourite wife who he built a fancy monument for when...

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Apr 23, 2013 - Agra, India

The only thing that made the 5 hour bus ride to Agra tolerable was the fact it is the only way to get to see the legendary Taj Mahal! We got teased all afternoon when we visited the Agra Fort, a World Heritage Site, because we could see the Taj Mahal in the distance along the Yamuna River! This fort was absolutely stunning in its own rite and if located in a different city, would be the main attraction and well worth a big effort to visit! The massive walls of red sandstone look more like a painting than a sturdy fortress! This fort was...

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Apr 15, 2013 - Taj Mahal (no ... its not that highset in Woodridge)

AD1631 the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan carrying out the last wish of his dying wife (giving birth to her 14th child), Mumtaz Mahal, and in her memory commenced the contructions of this awesome mausoleum. According to our guide, it took 20,000 men 22 years to complete. 1000 elephants transported the building materials from all over India and Asia. You can see the beautiful inlay work in the photos. The descendants of the original artisans still live in the adjacent workers village, Taj Ganj, and still practice their art and craft. Imagine all...

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Apr 15, 2013 - Agra Fort

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Agra Fort stretches along the Yamuna River and overlooks the Taj Mahal. An impressive and imposing red standstone structure, the Fort was founded in 1565 by the Moghul Emperor, Akbar (Akbar the Great – vastly expanded the Moghul empire; had 3 wives – a Christian, a Hindu, and a Muslim; and he was a liberal leader with a policy of religious co-operation, followed by Jahangir (Akbars eldest son); then Shah Jahan(1628 - 1658) and then his son, Aurangzeb (1658-1707) ... the Moghul empire then fell into decline....

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Feb 23, 2013 - India - Agra

Saturday 23rd February 2013 Left at 7:30am on small tourist bus. New dual carriageway toll road. Not very smooth, and no lane discipline, heavily laden lorries, tractors, goats grazing or being herded along roadside. Crops of mustard seed, millet, and chickpeas seen. Poverty increasing as we approached Agra, the state of Uttar Pradesh is the most densely populated. We went straight to Agra Fort which is made of red sandstone and has many similar features to the Red Fort in Delhi. Built by Emperor Akba in 1565, the grandfather of the man...

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Feb 17, 2013 - Agra

Friday, February 15 We rolled into Agra a little worse for wear after our rock and roll night on the train. Happily our driver met us and we were off to the hotel to rest a little before heading out for the afternoon. At the train station there were monkeys on the roof, and on the drive to the hotel there were plenty of horse, ox, and camel carts along with the usual vehicles. We drove across the river to a lovely park with great views of the Taj Mahal rising majestically on the river bank. It was a pinch-me moment to realize it was the...

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