In May 2012, I wrote "Bon Voyage: African Safari in Kenya & Tanzania - A Dream Comes True". Nearly two years later, another of my dream is about to realise: I'm off to India! Bring on the Taj Mahal, spicy curries and sacred cows.Where we are going
Our tour departs from Delhi and our first destination is Jaipur. The city is known for reflecting the beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Jaipur is known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honour of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens. We will attend the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. Indeed we will visit the Amber Fort and its palace and will even ascent the fort by an elephant back ride.
Our second stop is Agra and of course the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. We will also visit the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, Agra Fort is predominantly of red sandstone.
Back in Delhi we will have more time to visit the old town including Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Red Fort, and the Jama Masjid. Our tour will finish with New Delhi Qutub Minar, India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.
I can't wait to share with you the photos from my trip. I'm very much in need for a break, and an overseas holiday, so this pre-wedding trip is very exciting! See you in 10 days and happy Easter to all.
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