Nagla Dhīmar

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  • Day4


    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

  • Dec17

    Taj Mahal baby!

    December 17, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We had to wake up really early to be ready for a 6:00 sunrise Taj Mahal visit. There is whole army guarding that place, they scan your bags, no lighters or anything is allowed inside (of course I had mine). Ticket costs around 7€ + 3€ for mausoleum. And then you go inside...
    This place is magnificent! I was just walking toward the building, silent, deep breathing, excitement, emotional with almost wet eyes... This is why I travel, that point in a trip, one of the highlights, that "I can't believe I'm actually here!" moment... Priceless. The details on building and th size of everything, really amazing what people are able to achieve! We spent an hour there seeing everything. Wow.
    After Taj Mahal it was Agra Fort's turn. A huge castle, done by 4 kings, multiple styles, amazing. We hired a guide, that showed us interesting bits, hidden places, history,.. Great tour, really worth visiting.
    Last stop was Baby Taj, a smaller brother of Taj Mahal, which is mostly a mausoleum also.
    We ended up touring pretty quickly, tired from lack of sleep, we just wanted to chill before night train to Varanasi.
    On a train right now, upper bunk bed, too small of course,... Not sure how I'll sleep... Mara is feeling fiverish so pills time. Hope she gets better.
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  • Day205

    What a Wonder of the World

    March 21, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today we visited an amazing building with extremely intricate architecture but also a very important piece of history. We woke at 5:15 in the morning so we wouldn’t miss the sunrise on the white beauty of India. We left our Hotel at 5:30 but by the time we got to the line to enter the gate it was almost a kilometre long! Luckily for me and Geoff, men were aloud to go in a shorter line than women for who knows what. We went through security but unfortunately Geoff’s package of Mentos didn’t make it out. The guards at the gate also almost confiscated our cards because you aren’t allowed to gamble in public in India. Luckily Lara thought fast and threw them into a bush and they were safe. Once everything was cleared up we started walking towards the architectural masterpiece and realized that when you walk through the main archway a perfectly symmetrical garden awaits your arrival. Unfortunately there were a lot of flies but we managed to walk from the archway to the ticket booth for the main mausoleum without getting too bothered. Once we were on the platform around the white marble wonder which was also made of white marble we started walking around the entire building. The interior and exterior walls were covered in flowers that appear painted but in reality they are precious and semiprecious stones implanted into the marble. Over the years some have been stolen but it still looks amazing! Next we entered the main tourist attraction in all of India. The interior was as extraordinary as the exterior, unfortunately you weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the building so we can’t show it too you but it was 😎 awesome. The tombs were probably he most interesting part of the entire thing because it was the only part of the entire complex that wasn’t symmetrical! Originally it was supposed to be symmetrical but when the king died, his tomb was placed next to the queen’s tomb making it almost symmetrical but not quite! Inside everyone had shoe covers but we never got any so when went inside the mausoleum, we were forced to carry our shoes!😡 Next we went to see the guest house which wasn’t very exciting but their were two huge beehives in the roof which explained the dead bees all over the place. When we left we recovered the cards and went home for breakfast at 8:00. On the way back we saw a monkey lying on the roof of a house! I will never forget my visit to the Taj Mahal!
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  • Day29

    Agra, India

    January 21, 2017 in India ⋅ ⛅ -1 °C

    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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  • 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

  • Day18

    Agra - Masterpiece in Marble

    March 4, 2019 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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  • Day4

    Taj Mahal

    April 1, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    Einfach unbeschreiblich!

    Für Brigitte ging ein Traum in Erinnerung, als sie das Taj Mahal sah. Ausser einem „Wow“ war sie sprachlos.
    Und ja, ich fand es auch ganz nett 😀.

    Und es gab auch einen Photographen...

  • 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.

  • Day86

    Agra - Taj Mahal

    April 1, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Endlich 😁

    Morgens um 07:30 ging es mit dem Bus in Richtung Taj Mahal. Dort angekommen mussten wir mit Elektro Rikschas die letzten 500 Meter bis zum Eingang fahren. 😊

    Der Vorplatz des Taj Mahal hat 3 Eingänge. Einer im Westen, der für sie Königsfamilie bestimmt war, einer im Süden durch welchen die 20.000 Arbeiter und Künstler gingen, die das Taj Mahal innerhalb von 22 Jahren erbaut haben und einer im Osten, durch welchen die Bevölkerung gehen konnte. 😊

    Nachdem wir das Haupttor im Norden passiert haben konnten wir bereits das Taj Mahal in voller Pracht sehen. Einer der vier Türme wird gerade restauriert. 😊

    Das Taj Mahal hat eine perfekte Symmetrie, welche nur in einem Punkt einen Fehler aufweist. Es wurde als Grabstätte für die lieblings Frau des Königs erbaut, welche nach der Geburt ihres 14. Kindes im Alter von 38 Jahren verstorben ist. Doch nachdem auch der König gestorben war, ließ er sich neben ihr beerdigen, weshalb sein Grab die einzige Asymmetrie des gesamten Geländes ist. ☺

    Dieses Gebäude ist wahrlich ein Weltwunder. 😀
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  • Day6

    magisches Taj Mahal -Agra

    November 3, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Agra, die Stadt in die jährlich Millionen von Menschen kommen um das Taj Mahal zu sehen könnte gegensätzlicher nicht sein. Agra schaut sehr einfach und in vielen Strassen recht schmutzig aus. Abends ein Restaurant zu finden und sich zu bewegen ohne ständig angesprochen zu werden scheint hier fast unmöglich zu sein.
    Dennoch lässt dies schnell vergessen wenn man erstmals vor dem imposanten Taj steht. Leider sind die Wetterbedingungen aufgrund der Luftverschmutzung so schlecht, dass die Sichtverhäktnisse nicht besonders gut sind.
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