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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...

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Nov 27, 2018 - We’ll Always Have the Taj

Day 13: Agra - New Delhi We’ll Always Have the Taj I admit it; I’m a sucker for a good love story and lots of drama. Add that to the architectural marvel of one of the seven wonders of the modern world, and I didn’t have a chance. I fell in love with the Taj Mahal. The back story, in my own words, is that the Emperor, Shah Jahan, loved his third wife, Mumtaz, so much that when she died giving birth to her 14th child in 1631, he was a mess. Rumor has it that his hair turned gray overnight, and he started building her mausoleum the next...

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Nov 26, 2018 - Karma Happens

Day 12: Jaipur - Agra Karma Happens Our long bus ride to Agra was actually quite fun. I enjoyed watching the parade of farm land with its rows of cabbage and other green crops being tended by mostly women. Restaurants with clever names like “Eating and Meeting,” fruit and grocery vendor stands, and the omnipresent cow broke up the monotony. Small shops popped up on the highway in front of modest villages tucked just behind. Still lots of motorcycles and scooters honking and beeping with abandon but at a much reduced volume than in the major...

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Dec 6, 2017 - Agra

It is 4:30 am once again, and I have finished sleeping. My body has attuned itself to this time it appears, despite any desires to be able to sleep longer. We had a tiring day yesterday, getting up early to meditate, eat some breakfast, pack up, settle with the hotel, get the porters to help carry all our luggage through the maze of lanes, avoiding poop bombs, and stuff everything into a car by 8 am to the airport - a time advised by the hotel staff, so we wouldn't get caught in the traffic snarls of Varanasi, and miss our noon flight to...

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Oct 21, 2017 - Agra India

Friday 20th October 2017 Delhi to Agra Had breakfast in the hotel then back to the room and packed our bags as we were leaving this morning. It is a public holiday here in India today for Diwali and not many places will be open. We set off in the bus and the first place we visited was the Baha’i Temple shaped like a gigantic lotus leaf. Very similar in many ways in structure and design to the Sydney Opera House. We looked at the grounds and were ushered in single file into the temple. It is plain and unadorned inside but with beautiful...

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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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