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  • Day4

    Agra

    December 8, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Today we woke at 4am and drove two hours to witness the Taj Mahal in a misty sunrise.

    It is pretty much all that everyone says it is.

    Sublime and awe inspiring.

    Still sort of in awe.

    On the way back to Bharatpur we dropped by Shanti Mangalick hospital (just as promised) where Nancy's mom, Alma, spent three months volunteering as a nurse back in the 80s.Read more

  • Day29

    Agra, India

    January 21, 2017 in India ⋅ ⛅ 30 °F

    On our way to Agra, we stopped at Fatehpur Sikri where Mughul ruler Akbar built the city and fort in the 16th century. We enjoyed the multiple cultures and religions that were incorporated within the same architectural design, such as Muslim, Persian, Hindu, Judaism which shows a very contemporary and open-minded ruler that had many influences in his empire.

    The next day we visited the Taj Mahal one of the seven wonders of the world. I didn't want to get my expectations too high before visiting, but they were certainly met. The inlay of the precious stones set into the white marble were very intricate and impressive, and sourced from all over the world. Also the design details were very well thought out- it is symmetrical from all 4 sides and the 4 towers on the corner actually are angled outward, so that if they were to fall from an earthquake or other reasons they would be less likely to fall on the main Taj Mahal building. There were many other design details that went into creating this masterpiece that took 22 years like the breezeways that helped naturally cool the building but it's hard to write about them all as it's a must see in person!

    Unfortunately they are currently cleaning the entire Taj Mahal one section at a time with a natural clay material, so some of our pictures included scaffolding. Definitely an iconic sight worth seeing as I've never seen anything like it before!
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  • Day5

    Moving ... again????

    April 9, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Today was a start at 7 not early to me anymore. We got on the road straight away and headed to a palace, which looked very nice. Funny moments dude come when Rupes pointed out we shouldn't be pooping on the floor while pointing at elephant faeces, and when Noah, Chris and Joe bought turbans. We then hit the road again and headed 5 hours to Agra, with only one stop. I am in the hotel now and am very comfortable.Read more

  • Day6

    Taj Mahal

    April 10, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    For the Taj we had early start, around 5. Once we had dragged ourselves eves out of bed we arrived at our destination and were rushed off the bus due to parking restrictions. We were the only tired on s around however as the gardens around the Taj were filled with the locals playing, eating and relaxing. On our way to get into the Taj we saw many monkeys. When in the Taj I took many photos of it due to its beauty.Read more

  • Day58

    Agra

    December 3, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Nous sommes arrivés à Agra en train super tard ~minuit, nous avons partagé un tuk tuk avec une Argentine qui allait plus ou moin au même endroit, ce qui était pas vraiment une bonne idée car ça à créé une petite embrouille avec le chauffeur qui ne comprenait pas qu'on allait pas au même endroit Haha la première impression sur la ville n'était pas incroyable, sombre, smog de plastic cramé (faut dire qu'on était crevé). Finalement nous sommes arrivés dans un hostel juste incroyable (le zigzag, on recommande !) ! Je pense qu'on aurait pas pu trouver mieux ! Il est tenu par deux frères, John et Moses, ils l'ont ouvert il y a deux mois✌️du coup tous les voyageurs peignent sur les murs, nous avons d'ailleur laissé notre trace 🇨🇭 🇨🇱 j'ai même peint un robot sur le roof top😂 le premier jour nous nous sommes baladés dans les rues de la vieille ville, elle est plutôt sympa. Ensuite nous sommes allés voir le couché de soleil sur l'autre côté de la rivière en face du Taj Mahal, juste magnifique ! [ils ont fait un parc payant pour regarder le Taj Mahal, on allucine à quel point ils veulent faire raquer les touristes pour tout, du coup mission commando dans la forêt et passage sous les barbelés pour rejoindre la rive Haha]
    Le lendemain nous nous sommes levés à 5h pour aller au Taj mahal avec le levé du soleil, l'entrée était un peu cher mais il faut avouer que c'est magnifique 😍 les jours d'après on est pas mal resté à la guest house, peinture, installation d'une alarme pour le trop plein du tank sur le toit, couché de soleil depuis un endroit secret et soirée avec les gens de la guest house (dont Michael, un français génial qui fait le tour du monde en stop pendant 5 ans => et il nous a convaincu de passer le nouvel an à Bangkok avec lui et ses potes ✌️).
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  • Day47

    Agra, India

    November 29, 2018 in India ⋅ 🌫 23 °C

    27. - 29. November 2018

    Zum Abschluss meiner Reise besuche ich das Taj Mahal. Die wörtliche Übersetzung bedeutet „Krönung aller Gebäude“. Für mich ist es der krönende Abschluss meiner 7-wöchigen Reise durch Indien.

    Eine Reise die mich zu meinen geliebten Freunden Suganya und Abu und Tazeen mit Myra führte; die mich viele neue Bekanntschaften machen liess. Ich durfte die indische Gastfreundschaft vielfach erleben, auch wenn sie mir einige wenige Male beinahe aufgezwungen wurde. Ich habe unzählige Chais getrunken, Samosas und leckere Curries gegessen.
    Ich habe sehr viel Abfall und Umweltverschmutzung gesehen und ein wenig davon aufgräumt. Meine Füsse waren teiweise so schwarz, dass ich dachte die werden nicht mehr sauber.
    Ich habe aber auch die magische Seite von Indien erlebt: schöne Landschaften, romantische Sonnenuntergänge, bunte Märkte, eindrückliche Bauwerke (Taj Mahal, Höhlen von Ellora, Paläste in Mandu) und fröhliche Leute.
    Wie viele aufdringliche Rikschafahrer und Souvenirverkäufer ich abgewimmelt habe, weiss ich nicht. Die erholsamen Yogastunden und Meditation an ruhigen Orten haben das wieder aufgewogen.

    Indien du bist und bleibst für mich eine Reiseliebe, leben könnte ich mit dir aber nicht. Auf Wiedersehen!

    Namaste
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  • Day5

    Agra Fort

    December 28, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Auf den letzten Drücker noch geschafft. Hat sich auch gelohnt. Auch noch einen Blick auf Taj Mahal noch erhascht. (Agata)

    W ostatnim momencie zdążyliśmy się załapać. I opłacało się. Nawet był widok na Taj Mahal z fortecy.

  • Day5

    Agra kopiert leider Erfolgskonzepte

    December 28, 2018 in India ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Agra ist mit dem Taj Mahal wohl DER Hotspot Nr. 1 n ganz Indien.

    Die Inder haben hier das "Butterfahrten -Konzept" erfolgreich übernommen. Selbst ein TukTuk Fahrer versuchte uns zu unzähligen Stops bei Teppich-, Keramik-, Schmuck- und anderen Händlern zu überreden. Zum Essen wird uns ein liebloses überteuetes Massenrestaurant empfohlen. Für jeden angeschleppten Touri gab es dann Provision direkt vor unseren Augen.
    Auch im Hotel war Weniger Mehr. Gebuchte Zusatzleistung und versprochene Ausstattung gab es erstmal nicht. Unterster Standard zu Deluxzimmerpreis.
    Schade, sehr schade aber. Da hier täglich Tausende Nachströmen funktioniert das Konzept offensichtlich sehr gut. Für diese Top-Sehenswürdikeit nehmen das viele in Kauf. (Tomek)

    Kierowcy Tuc-tucków próbują nachalnie naciągnąć turystów na dodatkowe zakupy. Bez przerwy namiawiani byliśmy do odwiedzenia jedynej w swoim rodzaju manufaktury dywanów, ceramiki lub innych niepotrzebnych artykułów. Bardzo wychwalana restauracja okazała się być hangarem w podwórku z cenami dwa razy wyższymi niż w naprawdę przyzwoitych restauracjach dla turystów ( oczywiście tam nie zostalismy). Prowizję dla kierowcy za przewiezienie nas tam płacono bezpośrednio przed naszymi oczami. Hotelu nie zgadzało się mniej więcej nic z tym, co było w opisie w booking.com . Naprawdę szkoda, że pozostał nam po tym mieście po prostu niesmak.
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  • Day18

    Agra - Masterpiece in Marble

    March 4 in India ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Well, we saved the best of India until the last, that’s for sure.

    We dropped into Fatehpur Sikri, a former capital of the Mughal empire founded in 1571. By some minor oversight they neglected to check whether there was a reliable water supply, however, so it was largely abandoned within 40 years.

    The remnants are built of beautiful red sandstone, and very cleverly designed to handle the extremes of weather, this being the hottest part of the country. Bedrooms were even designed to have a pool of water on the floor for cool in summer, and cascading water ran in living spaces to cool the breeze.

    From there it was a quick run into Agra and its enormous Fort. Built of the same red sandstone, with later rulers incorporating some of the white marble and design elements that make up the Taj Mahal, it seemed to almost glow as the setting sun hit the stone walls.

    There was a human element, too. Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj as a memorial to his wife (Mrs Jahan, also called Mumtaz Mahal) was not only responsible for the beauty of the Palace but also spent his last days imprisoned there after being deposed by his rather greedy if not despotic third son. His apartment, fittingly, looked over the Yamuna River toward the earthly masterpiece he had created.

    At six the next morning we were in the lobby, along with about a hundred other guests, to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise.

    This most perfect, most beautiful memorial to love, rose majestically from its slumber as the new day dawned, white marble seeming to change colour minute by minute in the growing sunlight.

    Well, maybe sometimes it’s like that. We stood around in thick fog less than fifty metres away from it and could not see a single thing!

    Our guide ran through his entire repertoire of interesting and moving stories of this incredible labour of love while we sat in the cold grey morning and waited.

    The faintest outline of the building was visible as we donned our shoe covers and ventured inside the mausoleum itself, where the happy couple rest for eternity.

    And it was inside that the incredible scale of this masterpiece became apparent. No painted designs for these people; twenty thousand artisans spent 13 years on the main building alone, with every pattern an inlaid work of art, from the floor to the ceiling. An artisan was almost guaranteed to lose a finger through grinding the precious stones, and his sight from the intricate detail of the work.

    As we emerged from the building, so too was it emerging ethereally from the mist, and the hordes all clamoured for the best vantage points.

    It was indeed crowded, but not so much so that we felt hemmed in. As we made our way though the grounds, still awestruck, it became obvious what a fitting final destination in India this was.
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  • Day82

    Building of love

    October 9, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Da hat der König mal ein wirklich hübsches Gebäude für seine Frau gebaut.

    Sie ist leider bei der Geburt ihres 14. (!) Kindes, im Alter von 32 Jahren, gestorben. Aber sie und der König sind beide im Taj Mahal beerdigt worden.

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