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Pondicherry Pondicherry didn't do much to us. It's a town. The architecture still shows that it used to be French. It has a post-office. palace hotel (opposite Amala lodge) rented us a room for Rs 400 and then turned off the Air-conditioning and demanded extra money. Fortunately the only (relatively) bad experience we had we hotels in India. We …
... flowers in a range of colours using green malachite, blue lapis lazuli, pink carnelian, black onyx, brown agate and mother of pearl to replicate the original designs. It must have been a good display because most of the crew bought something from them. Raj wanted to show us the textile factory, this was a carpet sales outlet with a heaps of other stuff plus a bit of a display on how carpets are ...
... Agra Fort a spectacular Mughal sandstone fort built originally for the military which was then transformed into a palace and an imprisonment for the king who built the Taj by his own son. Following this we visited Baby Taj we didn't spend long here as following the Taj Mahal it didn't seem as interesting. We then went to a jewel shop where we were taught about the black, ruby and sapphire stars. After we learnt how the craftsmen created the Taj with precious ...
... building it, with red sandstone in 1565. Then the second emperor Jahangir added a bit more to the palace. Then prior to the Taj Mahal being built, emperor Shan Jhan added all of the marble elements. He lived there with his third wife, then once she died he built the Taj. Then his son Aurangzeb arrested his other two older bothers and house arrested his dad, Shan Jhan, which then gave him the throne. Until Shan Jhan's death in 1666, he watched out the window over to the Taj Mahal, ...
... rickshaw driver and some friendly incredible kid take us around for the day.
4. – Gujarat – family time. After Rajasthan and Agra (Uttar Pradesh?) I went to the wedding of a cousin in Gujarat. It was so interesting seeing the difference between these states even though Gujarat is just West to Rajasthan – the roads were cleaner and developed and you actually saw women in the streets and had a real communal feel – apparently the current ...
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