Uttar Pradesh

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  • Day11

    Varanasi highlights

    October 7, 2017 in India

    Durga Temple before breakfast. Late morning, Bharat Mata Temple's detailed relief map to scale of the 19th century Indian subcontinent. Silk making demonstration, then back to Ganges River on a rickshaw for evening light ceremony. Ride back twice as long with throngs of people and chaotic drivers.

  • 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

  • Day5

    Moving ... again????

    April 9, 2017 in India

    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

  • Day7

    Who needs sleep... Taj Mahal

    November 25 in India

    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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  • Day4


    December 8 in India

    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

  • Day84

    Morgenbad im Ganges

    October 11, 2017 in India

    Einmal von den Sünden freiwaschen, bitte 😉

    Schön warm die braune Brühe.... und besonders schön, wenn man vorher noch nen toten Hund darin schweben gesehen hat. Aber krank kann ich jetzt wahrscheinlich nie mehr werden 😊

  • 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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  • Day12

    Fascinerend Varanasi

    December 22, 2016 in India

    Holy Varanasi, stad aan de Ganges! Een wereld trekt hier elke seconde voorbij. Zeer druk, veel kleuren, viezigheid, armoede, vele ambachten, verdwalen in de smalle steegjes, spiritueel. En veel koeien die het verkeer ophouden. Ook voor fotografie een walhalla.

    Varanasi is een van de oudste levende steden ter wereld (per dag valt de stroom 4-5 keer uit) en een echt pelgrimsoord. Honderden hindoes wassen, in de zeer ernstig vervuilde 'Moeder Ganga', hun zonden weg.

    Varanasi staat ook bekend om zijn open crematieplaatsen, de 'Burning Ghats'. Sterven in Varanasi is voor Hindoes het hoogst haalbare. Geen reïncarnatie maar naar het Nirwana.

    Vierentwintig uur per dag en zeven dagen per week worden hier bij twee ghats aan de oever van de Ganges lichamen gecremeerd. 300 tot 500 per dag (!). Met veel respect en eerbetoon. Zeer religieus. Kalm en in rust valt me op. Leven en de dood zijn hier in elkaar verweven.

    Het is een vrij te aanschouwen schouwspel van knapperende vuurtjes (per crematie 200 kg hout) en grijze rookwolken. Met daaromheen koeien, honden, veel viezigheid en Indische families. Het ruikt er niet onaangenaam door de balsems die gebruikt wordt.

    Een crematie duurt ongeveer drie uur. Het is mannenwerk en er gaan tientallen rituelen aan vooraf. Een overledene wordt o.a. op een bamboe stretcher en in een doek met versiering door de smalle straatjes naar de Burning Ghat gebracht. Het is regelmatig uitwijken voor deze stoet. De mannelijke afgevaardigde (vaak een zoon) scheert ter plekke zijn haar af en wordt door de priester geinstrueerd. Deze afgevaardigde start het vuur met een eeuwige vlam. Na afloop worden de onverbrande botten samen met het as in de Ganges gegooid en het vuur geblust met Ganges water. De goudzoekers (laagste kaste) staan in het water klaar om sieraden met hun blote handen uit het water te zeven.

    Je kijkt er naar en bent stil. Probeert het in je op te nemen.

    Twintig meter naast de verbrandingen zie je mensen baden in hetzelfde water. Niet alleen baden, ook wassen, tandenpoetsen, drinken, bidden en zwemmen. Ongelooflijk. Vandaag zag ik voor het eerst vier blanke Westerlingen, inclusief kind een 'heilig' bad nemen. De toekijkende Indieers snapte er niets van en stonden net als mij vol verbazing te kijken. Ik heb daar een mooie foto van.

    Overleden kinderen, zwangeren, overledenen aan een slangenbeet en misdadigers worden overigens niet gecremeerd. Zij worden, verwikkeld in een doek en zware steen in de rivier afgezonken. Klinkt wreed, dat is het niet. Het geloof is hier sterk.

    ....Tijdens het aanschouwen van deze facinerende rituelen vanaf een hoger gelegen platform staat er een Indieer naast mij tegen een muur aan te plassen, doet onder me een koe zijn behoefte op straat, word ik aangesproken voor een boottocht en vechten drie straathonden om een stuk brood. De werkelijkheid is nooit ver weg in India :).

    Wordt vervolgd.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Uttar Pradesh, Oetarpradesj, أتر برديش, উত্তৰ প্ৰদেশ, Uttar Pradeş, Утар-Прадэш, Утар Прадеш, उत्तर प्रदेश, উত্তরপ্রদেশ, উত্তর প্রদেশ, Уттар-Прадеш, Uttarpradéš, އުއްތަރު ޕްރަދޭޝް, Ούταρ Πραντές, Utar-Pradeŝo, اوتار پرادش, ઉત્તર પ્રદેશ, אוטר פראדש, Uttar Prades, ウッタル・プラデーシュ州, უტარ-პრადეში, ಉತ್ತರ ಪ್ರದೇಶ, 우타르프라데시 주, اترپردیش, Uttara Pradesa, ئوتار پئرادئش, Utar Pradešas, Utarpradēša, ഉത്തർ‌പ്രദേശ്, Уттар Прадеш, उत्तरप्रदेश, ଉତ୍ତର ପ୍ରଦେଶ, ਉੱਤਰ ਪ੍ਰਦੇਸ਼, اتر پردیش, Utar Pradexe, उत्तरप्रदेशराज्यम्, Уттар Прадыш, උත්තර් ප්‍රදේශ්, உத்தரப் பிரதேசம், ఉత్తర ప్రదేశ్, รัฐอุตตรประเทศ, Uttarpradesh, אוטאר פראדעש, 北方邦

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