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Nov 1, 2016 - Agra to Ranthambore

We left Agra this morning for Ranthambore in Rajastan. It was a long day spent mostly sitting on a bus. We did stop at a Fort built by Akbar the great. My only comment is that once you have seen one red fort, you have seen them all. Sort of like visiting castles and churches in Europe. We arrived in Ranthambore around 6 PM after being in the road for 10 hours, including our stop at the Fort, and settled into our bungalows at the Tiger Den Resort. Not much else to say. Supper was Indian food. The same Indian food we have had at every stop....

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Oct 31, 2016 - Agra

Today was a busy day as we got up early to go see the sunrise at the Taj Mahal. We took an insane amount of pictures because of its magnificence and because it was the Taj Mahal. What can you say but it must have been true love to build the Taj Mahal as a tomb for a favorited wife. After the Taj Mahal we visited the Red Fort in Agra. Also pretty impressive but not in the league of the Taj Mahal. However the shah that built the Taj Mahal was put under house arrest in the Red Fort for 35 yeas after he was deposed by his third son. He had some...

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Oct 22, 2016 - Agra et son Taj Mahal

Voici le lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/yDMYvoqKC3WX4xEi6 Nous voici maintenant à Agra. L'excitation est à son comble car nous allons finalement voir de nos yeux l'une des merveilles du monde architectural: Le Taj Mahal. Le Tāj Mahal qui signifie « le palais de la couronne » en persan, est situé au bord de la rivière Yamunâ, dans l'État de l'Uttar Pradesh, en Inde. C'est un mausolée de marbre blanc construit par l'empereur moghol musulman Shâh Jahân en mémoire de son épouse Arjumand...

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Jan 22, 2016 - The Taj Mahal and the Art of Camping

After a surprisingly user-friendly train from Delhi, we arrived in Agra, home of the most romantic wonder of the world: the Taj Mahal. I'll cut to the chase - it's magnificent. The sheer size, the pure white marble, the intricate detail, the creative architecture, the love story behind it (actually, to be honest, Mumtaz Mahal sounds like she was quite the demanding woman). The thousands of other tourists only prove how magnetic this place is, rather than spoil the experience. We were even lucky enough to eavesdrop on a tour group, so we got...

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Jan 9, 2016 - Shopping

Mo has done the majority of shopping and buying. This is not to say Jim has no interest, it's just that he has a much narrower range of interest. Mo's first major purchase was from a Co-op. In that shop, items were made by local villagers, and 70% of profit was guaranteed for the crafts person. Mo did not bargain. Next was a set of custom hot weather outfits previously mentioned. Most recent was a rug from an Agra factory. Rugs are hand woven according to a factory design in a nearby village from Australian or New Zealand wool. The weavers...

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Nov 4, 2015 - Taj Mahal and Agra illness

With great anticipation we arrived in Agra, ready to tick one of the world's wonders off our list, the Taj Mahal. Built in the 1600's by the Mughal Shah Jahan for his wife, who died in childbirth of their 14th child, the Taj is arguably the most stunning mausoleum in the world. The stunning exterior did not disappoint, with its gleaming white imported marble, architectural details designed to inspire (e.g. stripes widening at the top to look more symmetrical from the ground), and inlay of precious and semi-precious stones. Unfortunately,...

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Jul 22, 2015 - Taj Mahal

Vandaag was het zover. We hebben de Taj Mahal bezocht. Het staat bekend als één van de mooiste gebouwen ter wereld. Nou roept tot nu toe iedere local guide dat wat we nu gaan zien “The most beautiful in the wold” is, maar dit keer klopte het wel. We waren er al om kwart over acht in de ochtend om de ergste hitte en drukte te vermijden. Het was meer dan de moeite waard. Een volledig in wit marmer uitgevoerd mausoleum. Gebouwd door Shah Jahan, eerder oneerbiedig door ons Sjaak de Haan genoemd, voor zijn geliefde vrouw die bij het 14e kind in...

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Jul 21, 2015 - Op naar Agra

Lang in de bus gezeten vandaag richting Agra. Het is een groot land en als je wat wilt zien moet je reizen. We zaten met tien man in een grote airconditionde bus dus we hadden het beter dan de mensen in al die stadsbussen die uitpuilen van de mensen. Zelfs op het dak, dat schijnt goedkoper te zijn. Onderweg zijn we nog gestopt bij een Hindoetempel die geheel gewijd was aan de Monkey god Hanuman, die zijn leven heeft gewijd aan het dienen van een veel krachtiger God Rama. In het boek The White Tiger van Robert Nathan wordt hij omschreven als...

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Feb 28, 2015 - Agra and the Taj Mahal

Saturday 28th Feb 2015 As yesterday we get 2 alarm calls - why? No idea, maybe they don't trust us to get up. We both try the Indian food again, I quite like the spicy Sambhar soupy stuff, it helps soften some of the harder fare! Our Cox & Kings rep - this time it's Parmesh - calls just before nine and we get checked out with minimum fuss and a smallish bill. Drinks and WiFi access. Now here I' m going to have a moan. When you are paying top dollar to stay in a suite in a 5 star hotel, I think the WiFi with unlimited access should be...

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Jan 28, 2015 - Agra and the Magnificant Taj Mahal

We are off early but it is likely the train will be late due to the fog. The original plan was to go in the open air cantors the 15 minutes to train station some have bundled up like eskimos expecting a rain. So it is a wonderful surprise when the local guide has arranged closed in vans. Our luggage except for carryon left at 4 pm yesterday and will meet us at the final train stop. This is our first experience with a train in India and while we don’t see the infamous people sitting on top there are definitely different classes and a big...

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Oct 18, 2014 - Delhi - more of the tour!

First call India gate. War memorial originally designed by Lutyens to commemorate all of India's fallen in the 1st World War? It is now inscribed with names from all following wars including some British military. We come across the first of many school groups. The children are immaculate in their uniforms and behave impeccably, walking with a hand on the shoulder of the child in front of them. Of course we have to have a photo call with them! Next we go to Raj Ghat, the site of Gandhis cremation as well as of other prominent politicians &...

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Mar 22, 2014 - Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur

March 16-22 - India We arrived in Varanasi, India’s holiest city, last Sunday - located on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. That night we rode/walked to the river (through throngs of people, like you’ve never seen before….multitudes of people and most live in poverty, its hard to believe) for the Varanasi Ganges Aarti ceremony (the worshipping of the sacred Ganges River) – performed every sunset. This ceremony happens every night and a smaller one every morning….it’s hard to absorb the religious culture quickly, as Christians….well at...

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