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Oct 21, 2019 - Taj Mahal at Sunset just mesmerising and perfect symmetry
As we loaded back into Mr Singh car escorted by Asisis, we were heading the Worlds most recognised and iconic buildings, one of the Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. I do not need any explanation as to why this was built, but the perfect symmetry, pure beauty and the precise care and attention paid to its skilled craftsmen, materials and love, make it a serene, calm and magical place. As we ran the gauntlet of traders, beggars, wild thieving monkeys and docile beasts of burden, we finally reached the entrance gate. After being throughly...Jump to full entry
Oct 21, 2019 - Delhi to Agra and the Red Fort
Following another interesting drive from Delhi to Agra, to go see the Taj Mahal. We arrived at our hotel and headed straight up to the pool. There we had our first glimpse of the Taj Mahal across the rooftops and power lines of Agra. Following a quick swim and some beers we were escorted to the Red fort, by our guide named Assish. Unlike Mr Jeep he was engaging and very helpful to clear queues and move others along. The red fort was built by the Third ruler of the Maharajas. It took over 60 years to complete and therefore was completed by...Jump to full entry
This is a first hand telling of Alisons and Zoe’s tour of Meerut, First they were whisked off to a funded school in the heart of the city. The principal was the school friend of Chivena Gujrat who we were being entertained by later this evening. They had a wonderful time and the school looked after from 3years to 18. The children would all stand quietly every time the Principal entered the room, just as all the workers should whilst the owners came into the room. I think I will be adopting this arrangement when I get to back to work. The...Jump to full entry
Oct 14, 2019 - Bhalla Manufacturing in morning
Sunday, after waking in the night to find that the room temperature had increased to 26degrees set air conditioning on which rapidly reduced it to 18. Slept well but woke with frost bite and found shower system had little hot water. Went down to breakfast and only Colin tried the Marsala sauce with pancakes whilst Alison and Zoe tested the chefs waiting to serve us with poached eggs on toast. It was interesting but it seems that only Colin and I had specific waiters for our every need, whilst Alison and Zoe had to fend for themselves. After...Jump to full entry
Oct 13, 2019 - Journey from London to Meerut
Welcome back, I am now drafting out our first day experience on the Indian sub continent, although being extremely jet lagged we have a group of youngsters 17 to 20 in our next room making more noise then Jar Ho. I will have to go round and ask for some piece..... Anyhow I will regain our story to tonight here in Meerut. We need to go back to a wet, drab, raining Watford as our taxi driver collected us. The driver was Paul who then days earlier had collected us from Heathrow after returning from Moscow and St Petersburg, well that’s another...Jump to full entry
Sep 18, 2019 - Medical camp day 2
This entry comes a day late (we’ve been working very hard and coming home exhausted)! Again written by our team leader Joel who has a hidden talent of blogging! Day 2: After the first day, we had a taste of the mission trip. We traveled to the village Rajpriya, a small village better than yesterday. At least it had a paved road with pot holes every few feet. We saw most of the transport using horses on roads . Before we started the day, we joined the clinic staff in their morning devotions and prayers. A local singer sang for us and also...Jump to full entry
Sep 16, 2019 - Great day treating over 300 patients!
The following entry was written by our team leader Joel! We are all very grateful for the time and hard work he has put into organizing such a rewarding trip for our group! Hello All This morning we travelled to a small village called bakraganj . It’s about 10 kilometre from the clinic . Our bus was filled with our team members , translators and other clinic staff. We had to take exit from the main road and travel on unpaved narrow roads to get to the village . We stopped right next to dump of garbage infront of the village . We walked the...Jump to full entry
Sep 15, 2019 - Safe arrival in Bareilly!
After an exhausting day and a half of travel our team arrived safely by bus to Bareilly, India. Twelve members were flew in from Miami, two from the Tampa area, and two from England! We’ve crossed many time zones and tonight the goal is to get a good nights sleep before our first medical mission tomorrow. We’ll be up bright and early to prepare. Today before settling into the hotel we visited the Warne Baby Fold and were greeted by about 45 very enthusiastic children. We were each welcomed with a beautiful flower necklace and the children...Jump to full entry
Jul 23, 2019 - Hat's off to Agra
Another phenomenal breakfast from our lovely hosts at Jaipur Haveli to start the day! Wish we had more room to eat as the food just keeps on coming. Today we are heading to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. First stop on our journey from Jaipur is a stepwell (which is even more amazing than the stepwell we had seen the prior day). Only sour note was the ridiculous cost for entrance (500 rupees for a site that can be seen in 5 - 15 minutes max). To put it into context - the Taj Mahal tickets (which I purchased online) only cost 1100 rupees...Jump to full entry
Jul 15, 2019 - Continuing our quest for the perfect lassi...in Varanasi
In the hopes that the hotel restaurant does a better breakfast than dinner we headed down for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. Porridge (plain and with bananas), an omelette, and toast with scrambled eggs were the order of the day. Marlys advised that the coffee was quite good. Our walking tour started around 10:00 a.m. and we walked along some of the ghats and in particular, stopped at one of the burning ghats. While no pictures are allowed it is a memory that is likely to be indelibly etched in our brains for years to come. I won't describe it in...Jump to full entry
Jul 14, 2019 - 24 hours + on the train to Varanasi!
With the train creaking, rattling, swaying and pitching too and fro all night both Marlys and I got very little sleep. Fortunately, the kids were more impervious to the physical deprivations and dropped off pretty quickly. The A/C was more suggestive than actual most of the time and I began to seriously question how the Indian Railway gets away with calling it both first class and A/C, when it clearly is neither!! Still, quite the experience to get up in the middle of the night to stagger down the hallway to the Western style toilet. It...Jump to full entry
Dec 5, 2018 - Agra
One of Gilli's dreams came true when we visited the Taj Mahal in Agra. It was magnificent and she was ecstatic. It took 20000 workers over 22 years from 1631 to construct the opulent mausoleum and it remains impressive. A tonga ride was less impressive but fun. The tough little pony used for our personal ride was called upon to haul not only the four of us but also the driver, our guide and a 'hanger on'....plus the cart! The Agra Fort built in 1666AD was another spectacular feature of the city which was the capital before the move of the...Jump to full entry