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Nov 28, 2003 - Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur

We got to Bharatpur within an other hour in the car from Fatehpur Sikri, dumped our stuff (no pun intended) into a new guest house called Spoonbill and got a couple of bicycles to ride around Keoladeo Ghana National Park. This is a Unesco World Heritage-listed bird sanctuary and was great fun and very serene. We saw cormorants, painted storks, black-headed ibis, cranes, herons, kingfishers, owls, hoopoes, and other ones that we can't name or we couldn't find in the book in the shop as we didn't want to carry it around the world. The Birds...

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Nov 28, 2003 - The ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri

Well not really a ghost city when we were there as it was Eid al-Fitr, the festival celebrating the end of Ramadan. The place was heaving with people visiting the mosque, which is supposed to be a copy of the mosque at Mecca. The city was built by Emperor Akbar, the grandfather of Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal. The city was deserted after Akbar died as it was built in an area that had little water - not a great idea really. We had got a car (with driver) to take us so that we could go onto Bharatpur (see next entry) afterwards. This...

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Nov 26, 2003 - Hello from Agra

We had a really nice night last night staying with some of Guv's relatives 20km south-west of Delhi in Gurgaon. For those who don't know Guv she went to school with Sarah. We were made to feel really welcome, ate a gorgeous curry lunch when we arrived with freshly cooked chapatis and then went out to try Southern Indian cuisine for dinner. We would have loved to stay longer but we had already booked the 6 a.m. train to Agra for this morning. This meant getting up at 4.30 a.m. to get to the station on time via a white knuckle taxi ride. Now...

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Sep 8, 2002 - Agra

Para muchos el Taj Mahal es Agra, y con razón, es una de las construcciones más bellas del mundo, aunque en Irán o el mundo persa (que puede incluir a Uzbekistán p. ej.) he visto tajmajales a colores; en todo caso en Agra también son atractivas las visitas al gran fuerte y a las tumbas de Akbar e Itimad. Renté una bicicleta y llegué en ella hasta ese mausoleo de Akbar que está a unos 15 km, además con ésta, al otro lado del Yamuna, llegué a un punto desde el que hay vistas del Taj Mahal que no son las populares o turísticas, o llenas de...

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