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Nov 5, 2011 - Mobbed at the Taj! Obsessed with cow piles!

Phrase of the day: Saab tick tock hay! (everything's alright!) Buy of the day: my mini Taj Experience of the day 1)good: extra time at the Taj 2) bad: crazed mob entering the Taj Weather: overcast, hot, humid Today is the long drive from Delhi to Agra--6 hrs. We were just the 2 of us and our driver, Suraj. The traffic out of Delhi was some of the worst we've ever seen--2 lanes become 4 or 5 as cars ignore lanes and lines to jockey for position any way they can. elise said she'll never be able to complain about Minneapolis rush hour...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Agra **Blog**

Completely unmissable for the Taj Mahal, Agra was our next stop. Fortunately Dave had made it back into India by this point (your picture of knight in shining armour is factually correct) and together we all got up at dawn to take in the Taj Mahal as the sun rose and before the crowds were in full flow. Although Alice had been once before, the second sight of the Taj Mahal could not fail to impress again. Set upon a raised platform so the impressive symmetry of the building is only framed by uninterrupted sky, it's a stunningly beautiful...

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Oct 2, 2011 - Arrived in Agra

The train journey was a 3rd class A/C much needed in sweltering and humid 31 degree heat. We were quickly relieved to make friends with Liz a Chinese girl in a 6 pull out bed cabin shared with 4 other people. The journey itself took an extra 3 hours! Making it 5 hours which is supposed to be one of our shortest journeys. The next step is to get to the south via land calling at Udaipur and breaking up the 20 hours PLUS JOURNEY TO Kerala. Breakfast was memorable, as well as the glorious view of the Taj we saw a gigantic baboon leaping from...

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Asian Adventure 2011

Apr 14, 2011 - Agra (Day 2)

Went to Fatahpur-Sikri but only to the palace bit not to the shrine. Brought back the movie Jodha Akbar to us all including the boys. We want to watch it again when we get home. The drive to Ranthambore was 6 hours long; the last 40 kilometres took 3 hours as it was all unmade roads. Unfortunately Grandma was terribly ill and was sick every half an hour. The hotel is really good and very friendly.

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India 2011

Apr 13, 2011 - Agra

We woke at 4am to catch the Shatabdi Express from New Delhi to Agra. Train was clean and great and breakfast was good. Rob and Pam enjoyed looking at the corn growing out of the window and were amazed at the corn being cut by hand. After a quick swim (long way to come for a swim - i keep telling Ollie and Cammie who are continuously insistent!) we went to Agra Fort and spent quite some time exploring it. The boys are getting to grips with Mughal history and Cammie is fascinated about Aurangzeb chopping off his 2 older brothers' heads and...

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India 2011

Mar 7, 2011 - Agra

So last night I had another miserable evening dealing with private bus companies. The bus was supposed to leave at 8:30 pm, but did not even arrive until 10:00 so we all sat around and waited from 7:00 (reporting time)onwards. When the bus arrived I got on it only to fin that there was someone already in my bunk (I had paid for a sleeper). They double booked the bunk and then informed me that it was "no problem" as I could go sitting. I told them if I wanted to sit up all night I would have paid for a seat instead of a sleeper. Anyway, they...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Feb 28, 2011 - Agra - 27/11/10 - 28/11/10

So.... what can be said about Agra, put quite simply nothing. Had the Taj Mahal and the Red fort been located elsewhere, the educated world would never know about Agra, It would be just another town with nothing special going for it. However, the educated world deos know of it through it´s primary attraction the Taj Mahal and to a lesser and underated degree of importance, the Red Fort. I use the word attraction, as any building shrine or monument that has snow shaker as promotional merchandise for sale has sold out! Especially as it...

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Jan 31, 2011 - The Taj Mahal

Well this is what we've come to see!! Up & out at 7am & off for our dawn visit to the Taj Mahal which is basically a mausoleum for the wife of Shah Jahan. He had four wives but he had a soft spot for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. He loved her to death because she died giving birth to her fourteenth child. She made him promise to build a monument to their undying love so he ups & builds the Taj Mahal over the next 21 years. It takes 20,000 men & a whole mountain of money & white marble but she is finally laid to rest there. He spends his...

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Jan 30, 2011 - Agra

No rest for the wicked so up early & on the road with our driver Sunil. To think that I did consider renting a car & driving around myself, now I am so glad that I didn’t. The traffic is chaotic, even on a Sunday, & the constant noise of the blasting horns as we weave through the constantly changing lanes of traffic is horrendous. No chance of a driver falling asleep at the wheel out here, the noise is constant. Although the horns are not used aggressively, rather they are for warning other drivers that you are there. There is a certain...

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Jan 25, 2011 - Agra

Namaste! We had very easy 2 flights to India. Having left on Saturday at dinner time, we arrived in Delhi on Sunday at midnight, going to sleep about 2AM. Up on Monday morning 4 hours later. It is now midnight of Tuesday night. We have had two amazing and tiring days here. Therefore, I am writing half asleep. Summing up, we are having a MAGNIFICENT TIME!!! We left the Trident Hotel in Gaggaon (Ellen's former business has an office here!) at 7:45 AM monday morning for what became a 5 hour drive to Fatephur Sikri. Here we toured a 16th...

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Jan 23, 2011 - Agra

For people who know me (Eva) you will know that getting up at 5.30 in the morning is not something I was too happy about. Catching the early train from chaotic Delhi station was an experience but the 3rd class air conditioned seat was very comfortable and we managed to catch up on some sleep before arriving at Agra. An initial stop to the impressive Red Fort of Agra followed by the long awaited visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal. Yes the 5.30 start was well worth it. The Taj Mahal is truly impressive and by visiting in the afternoon, the...

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Where's Jolly?

Dec 1, 2010 - Delhi to Agra

We were up early today so we could get an early start for Agra before the Delhi traffic builds....is that possible? Surinder got up and made us breakfast for 6:30. She made us our favourite – aloo (potato) stuffed parantha’s. I have been rating them, and so far – hers were the best. We really need to learn how to make these. Ram was there to pick us up – prompt as always!! The drive is always eventful with crazy drivers, trucks going down the road on the wrong side of a divided highway, and the ever present honking of the horns. Of course,...

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