Monthly Archives: May 2013

Taj Mahal

And so, at last, we reach India’s most famous monument, star of cheesy tourist adverts and symbol of romantic love (with a ┬áside-order of polygamy). I was both looking forward to visiting and dreadfully worried that I would be disappointed, … Continue reading

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Agra Fort

A four-hour evening train from Jaipur brought me to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. But on my first day there I decided to see the Fort, mostly because everyone recommends getting to the Taj early and I was feeling … Continue reading

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The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jaipur is only four and a half hours by train from Delhi (a mere nothing for India) so I spent the day sightseeing before taking the evening train. Jaipur has some other wonderful sights, but only this one is UNESCO … Continue reading

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Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

A remarkably cheap “where am I and will I know where to get off” city bus ride south from the centre of Delhi brings you to this site, the sixteenth century tomb of a Mughal emperor called (as you might … Continue reading

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Red Fort Complex

This fortified palace was built in the seventeenth century by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, he of Taj Mahal fame (we’ll be coming on to that in a few posts time) when he moved his capital here to Delhi from … Continue reading

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Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi

In a complete break with all my previous (and as it turned out, subsequent) train journeys in India, the one from Bhopal to Delhi included free food. The train left just before 3pm and arrived close to midnight, closer than … Continue reading

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Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi

These monuments are a day trip out from the Bhopal, the infamous industrial accident city. I got there by overnight train, on a waitlisted ticket that turned into an actual ticket only a few hours before departure, which was exciting … Continue reading

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