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Nagla Dhīmar

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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

    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

    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

  • Day6

    Taj Mahal

    December 29, 2018 in India ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund... dachten wir, und schleppten uns um 6 Uhr am Morgen aus dem Bett um als Erstes das Taj Mahal zu erkunden. Leider hatten wir nicht alleine diese Idee sondern mit uns geschätzt ca. 5000 Andere, die auch bereit waren den recht hohen Eintrittspreis zu akzeptierten, ebenfalls wie die Wahnsinnskontrolle beim Eingang. Sie konfiszierten meine Zigaretten und Feuerzeug, eine Europäerin neben mir worde gezwungen die 3 Bücher, die in ihren Rücksack waren zum Deposit zu geben. Ich Frage mich immer noch, was war an den Büchern so falsch war?
    Trotz der Größe wirkt das Bauwerk filigran und ästhetisch. Es strahlt keine Stärke und Macht aus. Man kann in der eleganten Schlichtheit sehr gut die Liebe von Shah Jahans zu seiner verstorbenen Frau erkennen.
    Trotz der extrem vielen Touristen ( bis zu 40.000 täglich) hätten wir es nicht bei unserer Reise missen wollen (Agata & Tomek)

    Kto rano wstaje, temu pan daje... pomyśleliśmy sobie i wypełzliśmy o 6 rano z łóżka, żeby jako pierwsi pogonić do Taj Mahal. Niestety nie byliśmy sami z tym pomysłem , lecz towarzyszyło nam około 5000 innych osób, które o tej porze gotowe były zapłacić osoloną cenę za wejście, które połączone było z kompletną kontrolą . Skasowano mi papierosy i zapalniczkę, Europejka obok mnie musiała oddać 3 książki, które miała w plecaku, do depozytu. Do tej pory łamię głowę, co te książki zawiniły.
    Mimo swojej wielkości budowla tą sprawia filigranowe i estetyczne wrażenie. Nie ma w niej siły i mocy. W eleganckiej prostocie rozpoznaje się miłość Shah Jahana do zmarłej malzonki .
    Mimo ekstremalnie wielu turystów (40 000 dziennie) nie chcielibyśmy ominąć tego wspomnienia dla zmarłej w naszej podróży
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  • Day82

    Building of love

    October 9, 2017 in India

    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

    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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  • Day5

    Taj Mahal and onwards

    January 27, 2018 in India

    We awoke early on the 40th anniversary of our meeting, though our guide had suggested an 08.30 start rather than dawn; a wise decision given the thick fog which prevented us seeing the street. We parked and decided to walk the 800m to the complex. Here we entered through the eastern gate, still no sign of TM then through the main entrance, built in red sandstone inlaid with white marble.
    The classic view, with water gardens had just a while backdrop. As we approached the Taj Mahal rose from the mist. Donning protective footwear covers, we joined the queue to view, in semi darkness the tomb of the wife Mumtaz Mahal of Shah Jehan and his own, organised by his daughter. Both exquisitely inlaid with precious stones, as is the whole building and on a colossal scale. Truly awe inspiring. Shame it was so foggy.
    Reluctantly we left Agra and headed off to Fatehpur Sikri, a Palace built by a Mogul king where he lived with his selection of wives. Only time for a whistle stop visit as we had a train to catch from Bharatpur a few km away. We walked miles to get to the correct platform, then discovered the train was delayed one hour. The sleeper from Mumbai to Amritsar pulled in opposite, mostly sleepers as it takes 36 hours, with crowds heading across tracks to the two standard coaches at the rear. As it departed we learned of a further half hour delay at which point our driver reappeared, we spoke with the tour company and decided to take the drive instead. Cliff and Maureen who we met on the platform stuck with the train, we met on safari the following day and compared notes. The first part was fine. Then when it got dark, we discovered that many vehicles including big trucks do not run rear lights! Then when we turned to head south the road surface deteriorated beyond belief, then grew speed humps, many unmarked and a real hazard. We were really shaken up by the time we arrived at our hotel just before ten pm with barely time to eat before crashing.
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  • Day59

    Taj Mahal, Agra

    August 4, 2015 in India

    The marginally controlled chaos of my one day, zero nights in Agra...
    Step 1: 4:00 a.m. train from Jaipur to Agra
    Step 2: Arrive at 8:30 a.m. and find place to lock up pack
    Step 3: Taj Mahal for two hours
    Step 4: Refer to "Agra Fort"
    Step 5: Bazaars and marble-decor shopping
    Step 6: Refer to "Agra" sitar jam sesh.
    Step 7: Train to New Delhi (10:30 p.m. arrival)

    I'm sweaty and probably need all the sleeps I can find.
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  • Day7

    Who needs sleep... Taj Mahal

    November 25, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    What a night. We booked a prioty dive of a place to stay in the night before the Taj and it was ridiculously loud the whole night. Music blasting, traffic noise constantly, what sounded like dogs killing each other all night. It was just carnage to be honest. After watching the hours slowly tick by we eventually peeled ourselves out of bed at 5am and got ready to head out to the Taj.

    In the dark we walked to the south gate. One queue for women and one for men. Luckily we had spoken to a couple the night before who gave us various tips including buying the ticket online and making sure the ticket was sent to both of us as we will be split in gender queues. Great tips!

    From the outside you can't see anything. You just queue at the towering south gate and you can feel the eagerness to see the wonder behind the wall! Luckily we got there for 5:45am so we got in quite quickly and at first you enter a court yard. I remember thinking... Where is it?! And then you turn a corner and it's there. This beautiful, glowing masterpiece. It was a surreal moment. My mum had always wanted to visit the Taj Mahal and hadn't had this opportunity. I was so honoured.

    We waited for sunrise to see the golden glow and it was really magnificent. We then walked through the mausoleum like a heard of sheep and were soon out enjoying being next to the incredible structure again.

    Did you know that due to pollution the Taj Mahal is now a browny yellow colour due to pollution and the government have to actively clean the monument to get it to its original white state. Today the pollution levels were 4.3 times the acceptable allowance and I must admit I could really feel the suffocation and I've come away with black under all my finger nails and in my nose. It's pretty disgusting...

    Now if I'm honest it would have been more incredible had they had the ban of cameras etc like the temple yesterday as it did ruin the atmosphere with people just trying to get that perfect shot but to be honest it wasn't too busy when we were there.

    After leaving we went for breakfast, collected our bags and met up with Ajay for the next part of our trip, Agra Fort.

    Agra Fort construction began in 1565 and is a made from palatial red sandstone. Jeez its big. When entering we had the usual touts and "tour guides" attempting to go in with us and luckily we didn't fall for it as we saw one guiding another tourist later and they were having an awful time. The Fort was really impressive and would have been better with a real guide who actually cared then it would have been great but it was still great walking around and just enjoying its grandness. From the edge we could see the faint outline of the Taj Mahal, not because it was far but because of the pollution.

    We then jumped back in the car to begin the long journey to Jaipur. It was very long... It took about 5 hours and we arrived checked in to our accomodation around 5pm. We then did our washing, had dinner and was in bed by 8:30pm shattered.

    What a great day.
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  • Day2

    The Taj Mahal, Persian for Crown of Palaces) is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 42-acre complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.

    -Wikipedia
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