Friday, November 25, 2005
Arun added that very often brakes of these vehicles fail and one of the passengers jumps down and applies a manual wooden block as a brake.
We found these vehicles only in Rajasthan just like camels only found in this part of India.These vehicles didn't have any registration number (obviously they are not registered with RTO) hence they end up not paying any tax.
Interesting story of how these jugaads came in to existance.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Absolute silence maintained inside gives you a great feeling and helps you meditate peacefully. Light effects (Just the light coming from the top) are good. Ironically no one came there to meditate. Lotus temple has become a monument and people just come there to visit it (mostly first time visitors).
As usual Abhishek didn’t forget to have his share of fun with Lotus temple.
As the name suggests this was built for the queen. It has typical Rajasthani style buildings. There is only one significant thing about it, you get traditional Rajasthani dress (just for the photos) and get the snaps instantly.
Abhishek was wondering at one of those observatory as one of BeyBlade grounds (that’s what he told me when he saw that first :p )
To go to the fort elephant and local vehicles are available. We couldn’t use elephants as they were already busy with others and we didn’t have enough time to wait for them to come back. This fort is famous for Sheesh mahal. Magnificent glassworks on these walls were replicated in the sets of Mughal-E-Azam. This was one of the most expensive films in Indian films history.
Sheikh saleem chisti tomb is made of white marble and has marble screen surrounding the cenotaph has beautiful floral design. Beauty of this wall can be seen when you go inside and watch, it looks like a mirror from inside. When you see it from outside it looks like a white marble building and nothing else is visible. It is said that this marble work is the best, even better than the one in Taj mahal.
Started construction in 1565 and took eight years. This is a must visit place in Agra.
It's an amalgamation of buildings and palaces. Different kings contributed to the construction of this palace including Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb.
This is a part of the entrance to the fort. We were told by the guide that when enemies use to enter the fort from this entrance soldiers use to roll stones from the top so that the enemies coming entering will get crushed.
This portion of the Agra fort is has the most beautiful view of Agra. Specially beautiful Taj mahal is visible from this side. When we went there it was early morning and we could see Taj mahal filled with mist on the banks of Yamuna river.
Taj Mahal Taj mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world. Its made of white marble and is situated on the banks of Yamuna river. Taj mahal was built by Shah jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz. Shah jahan was house arrested by his son for these spendings.
Read full story of Taj mahal
Out of many proposals shah jahan selected a turkey design for Taj mahal. It took 22 years to complete and 20,000 laborers worked on it. It was completed by February 1643 A.D.
Friday, November 11, 2005
1) Know the place before going there.
You can appreciate the importance and beauty of the place only if you know the details. Read about the place before visiting without missing. You can read about the place through Internet (this being the most resourceful means… just go to google and your keywords will show you what you are looking for), books on those places, friends or people who already visited that place. This will also help you make the list of must visit parts of those places that you must visit.
2) Book hotels in advance
Although this may not be possible all the time, but it always saves lot of your time and energy if you book in advance. You can find the hotels listing with your local travel agent and you can book them too. Internet is another means where you can find the details of the hotel, interact, virtually visit the hotel and book them online.
3) Pack your baggage to suite your travel.
Don’t pack everything; just pick the right ones. Too much of baggage is always a pain to carry. Do not forget to carry a book and a pen. A music player is a good company when you have lot of time to spend during journey. Camera/Handy cams along with batteries are a must to keep the memories forever with you.
4) Most important – Don’t forget to have fun.
That’s the sole reason you are going. So ignore all odds and try to enjoy every moment when you are on any travel.
4) International travel.