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Uttar Pradesh

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  • Day205

    Happy Holi!

    March 21 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Today was a colourful day. Today was the Indian festival Holi also known as the colour festival and sometimes the water festival. The festival celebrates the return of Spring. It’s a day when people throw coloured powder at you. We bought some powder but we didn’t use much of it. While Malcolm mummy and Daddy went out into the craziness of colour me and Chloë threw powder at each other. After the rest of the family came back all of us were covered in colours. And that is The end of my Speech. 😁

    - DALE😜
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  • Day47

    Varanasi

    January 20 in India ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Ok. Ok. Maybe an amp that goes to 11 isn't enough and India definitely doesn't need any more cowbell. We've been collecting startling, and awful, and utterly amazing experiences that make India an 11, or off the charts compared to anywhere else on the planet. I'll make an entry on that later, probably on the flight home. In the meantime suffice it to say that Varanasi blows the scale out of the water. India, in its whole depth of history experience is here. Most days it has made me want to hide in the hotel room, except our first hotel room was clearly decorated by men in the 50s and had just grown uglier and tatty with age. No respite there. So out into the streets and ghats we went. Nancy more than me. Remember that she has grown less risk averse in the past several years and I have grown less risk tolerant

    How can one apply a standard measure to a city that is likely the oldest continuously inhabited place on the planet. People have been praying, washing clothes, defecating, building temples, and burning their dead here since before recorded history. Probably over 7000 years. Older than Genesis. It makes me wonder if that is part of what makes a place identifiable as holy, the mere repetition of these common acts over time. Waking each morning to celebrate the coming of the sun and praying each evening to mark its passing. Bathing away one's sins and filth every morning in a body of water. Donning priestly garb and paint to repeat a piece of the story. Are there imprints that are beyond what we are able to directly witness through our senses and our tools? Elements that transcend time? There must be some reason that so many people point to this place and others like it and say, 'this is a holy place.' Either way, it is incredibly impacting. More so than anywhere else I've been in my almost 60 years.
    More photos:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/F4qSDXKH5XtA5Sgu6

    Pooja Ceremony video:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ro9evhCf78hrMrK76

    After two nights in the dreadful place we switched to a hotel right in the middle of things overlooking the Ganges with the ghats below. Really interesting and old place called the Palace on the Steps. It was worse for wear, but the owners were really trying and the staff was really friendly and attentive. We were given a room in a circular turret with wrap around windows that allowed us to look up and down the ghats from our bedside. There was also a cool light show that took place on the domed ceiling of the room. I could see Nancy's coming and going quite well from that vantage point.

    As in much of India there were scheduling snafus and disappointments during our stay. We requested Ubers only to have them cancel 10 minutes later. Nancy signed up for a photography walking tour on TripAdvisor that never showed. I arranged a car and driver to the 6 year mid Kumbh Mata gathering of some 60 million people. Driver showed up an hour after he said that he would and by the time we'd have arrived, the morning bathing would have been over. No problem. We took Tuk Tuks, Nancy arranged her own photo and boat tours, and there are enough itinerant priests in Varanasi due to its proximity to the Kumbh that it was quite enough.

    I think I've been able to gain some perspective here. Next we're off to Amritsar and the Golden Temple. We'll see if this somewhat new perspective sticks or shifts in a whole new direction.

    Either way, it will be interesting.
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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

  • Day205

    What a Wonder of the World

    March 21 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!
    Malcolm😎🥳🤪😜😝😋🤥🤠💩🤡👍
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  • Day11

    Varanasi highlights

    October 7, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌫 29 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 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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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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