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Feb 14, 2013 - Agra and the Taj Mahal

Thursday 14th February. Today we had an early start as we left Jaipur at 7am by coach, heading for the town of Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. A much better journey than Tuesday, on a pretty good highway that wasn't too busy. Still the usual cows, camels, motorbikes &c, but we made Agra about 11:30 and were taken to the Agra Fort. A guided tour round this was followed by a rather nice lunch on the roof of a restaurant, and then we were off to the Taj Mahal. This was really quite busy, but it's a hugh place so although there we're lots of...

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Nov 8, 2012 - Agra - India

November 2, 2012 I have been her three times now and it is still a wonder to me. Agra Home of the Taj. Man’s greatest expression of love. Not one picture or one movie can ever express the immensity of this beautiful structure. Until one stand beneath it only then can it be appreciated. It’s enormous. Stunning. I am as awestruck in the presents of this structure as I was at the Hypostyle Hall in the Temple Karnak in Egypt. How are these great works possible? One man’s ultimate expression of love for a woman. Started in 1631 by Shah Jahan in...

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May 24, 2012 - Taj Mahal

Well the Taj Mahal lived up to all expectations. It was amazing. Pity I wasn't in any fit state to enjoy it. As I mentioned in my last post, the Taj Mahal was closed to the public until mid morning which meant that I didn't get there until the middle of the day in 45 degree heat. I had walked the 500 metres from my hotel and even this drained me. Lots and lots of water. I spent two hours walking through the gardens in the shade, talking myself into getting in the line to actually go into the building but as the line wrapped right around the...

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Apr 22, 2012 - Delhi to Agra, Jaypee Palace Hotel

Hi, Ons kan by die waar ons nou is, Hotel Jaypee, wifi koop vir so R16 vir 'n uur, maar ons kan net op 1 device inlog. Dus gaan Wiaan op sy tablet gaan, maar hy gaan probeer dat ek van die blackberry af message. Maar in case all else fails, kan ons vir die volgende uur kommunikeer deur mails. Eerstens: Ons is veilig in Agra. Tweedens: Ons is vreeslik moeg! Derdens: Die mense ry VERSKRIKLIK hierso! Ek was maar te dankbaar om aan die slaap te val elke keer in ons 5 ure rit van Delhi na Agra! More pak ons weer daardie padjie aan en hopelik...

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Mar 31, 2012 - Taj Mahal in Agra

It was noon before the Taj Mahal opened to the public. By that time, it was in the mid-90s and very crowded. Since only authorized vehicles are allowed near the entrance, we opted to ride to the entry gate in a horse-drawn cart. The Taj Mahal is one of the most graceful and extravagant monuments in India. It is a symbol of endless love and devotion of an all-mighty prince and a simple girl hawking silk and glass beads in the market. Their marriage seems so much like a fairy tale. The faithful wife, Mumtaz Mahal, marched with the prince,...

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Mar 31, 2012 - Agra to Jaipur, India

Our driver and tour guide pick us up at the hotel around 8:00 am. Our tour guide has bad news ---- the Taj Mahal will not open until midday. A special delegation is getting a private tour. Our alternate plan is to go to the Agra Fort. Agra Fort was built by Emperor Akbar as his citadel over the years 1563–1573. This powerful fortress of red sandstone was the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. The first line of defense for the fort consisted of two moats. One moat contained water and alligators and a second moat was a nature preserve...

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Mar 23, 2012 - Agra

Today we toured Agra which is in Uttar Pradesh the same state as Varanasi (and one of India's poorest). We started with a tonga ride (horse drawn cart) to the Taj Mahal. It was completed in 1653, and built by the Mughal king Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is made of white marble and looks the same from all four sides. Master craftsmen from Italy and Persian helped design the Taj and it took 22 years for 20,000 workers to build and needless to say a great deal of money. It has lovely carved...

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Mar 17, 2012 - St. Patty's Day at the Taj Mahal

Well we have no idea how to write about the most well known and iconic place of our entire trip. Here’s a few notes and anecdotes, but the pictures should probably just speak for themselves. And because it is so beautiful, and we took so many pictures, we couldn’t fit them all here. This is pretty much the best of, and more than enough to get a taste, but if you want to see the full set, the link is below. You may notice Adam looking a little jaunt in these pics, just remember this is coming off of 2 weeks with a fluctuating appetite and 2...

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Amy & Adam in Asia

Mar 15, 2012 - Agra - The Taj Mahal

The overnight train journey was not very restful. We were in an AC2 compartment in a four berth section with two Indian men. All was OK to start off and we all settled down in our bunks about 10.30pm. At 11.30 we stopped at a station and the guy in the bottom bunk opposite me and his friend from another section got themselves a meal box from off the platform and decided to have their midnight feast in our section without any regard to those of us who wanted to sleep. The light went on and they were mixing up drinks from a bottle, that the...

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Jan 28, 2012 - Pizza, cinema e... Taj Mahal

Il cibo indiano è buonissimo, ma… dopo due settimane di solo riso, verdure, pollo e agnello super-speziati, la mancanza dell’adorato cibo italiano si è fatta sentire!! E così, quando arrivando alla nostra guesthouse (eh sì, questa volta a dormire eravamo proprio nella bellissima casa di una famiglia musulmana, che da 5 mesi ha deciso di sfruttare le tantissime stanze della loro villetta convertendola a bed&breakfast) abbiamo notato un Pizza Hut… niente da fare, è stato il nostro pensiero fisso fino a quando la sera successiva ci siamo...

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My Big Trip

Jan 12, 2012 - Jan 11 - 12 Ranthambore - Agra

Day 15 Ranthambhore - Agra An early start today at 8:00am since we have a long drive to Agra. The morning was not quite as cold as the day before but in the bus it didn't make much difference. The first section of the drive was retracing our steps towards Jaipur until we hit the main Jaipur to Agra road. The road was narrow, one lane and the driver frequently had the left wheels in gravel as we passed trucks coming towards us. Once past the junction and on the road to Agra there was some improvement and the road became two lane but still...

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Nov 22, 2011 - On the road to Agra.

Foggy London to foggy Delhi in nearly 8 hours, in an uncomfortable Air India seat! Surrounded on all sides by flickering screens showing Bollywood Films. Landing and taking off was enhanced by a forward facing camera in the nose of the aircraft, the runway on landing looking dauntingly small. New Terminal, carpeted from aircraft to car park, build for the Commonwealth Games. The local agent told us that when the F1 Grand prix and the pilgrimage to Mecca occurred in the same week, one day a 1000 flights used the airport. At 4am in the...

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