Hotel Maharani Plaza
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... is massive, amazing and beautiful. These fortresses are all over Rajasthan and some are still occupied by their Maharajah. The money, opulence and slavery that went into creating these places is unbelievable and in such contrast to how the rest of the people live/lived. Next stop was the monkey palace where pilgrims come to bathe. It is also inhabited by a LOT of monkeys. It is a beautiful spot up against the mountainside and there is lots of people watching to do as they arrive ...
... enlarging his feet. The sky was cloudy and there was some refreshing wind, all an omen. The litter situation was better here [in places].
Agra is in Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in India. Its capital is Lucknow, the home of our fearless leader. Agra was at several times the capital of the Moghul empire, a dynasty founded by Babur, his son Humayun and his grandson Akbar. Jehingir Shah, forever tied to Agra due to the Taj Mahal, was fifth in line.
... with goats. Having spent six hours in a bus, we were quite pleased to arrive at our new hotel (which is a massive step up fro me others so far) and set off for a walk around Jaipur. The old city was painted pink (the Hindu colour of hospitality) to welcome Prince Albert in 1857. It has a wall surrounding it with beautiful decorated gates all around. The 'Pink City', as it is known, has been re-painted so many times that it is now more of an orange colour. It is ...
... indulges us in a we negotiate for a few raw stones for our god kids (they're into minerals. Kids today, heh, heh).
By now the afternoon has stretched into early evening and we take to the main shopping area to putz around. At one point we buy some nuts (traveling with a hypoglycemic - that being Steve - requires a reliable stock of protein on hand) but the seller's nut scooping hand doubles as his nose picking instrument so the nuts are worthless. ...
... 40 at the most. Agra is really uninspiring and there's f-all to do apart from visit the Taj Mahal which is basically a massive tombstone some rich dude had built for his favourite wife when she died. It cost 40 million rupees by the time it was completed in 1653 - that amounts to $1bn by today's standards. What a ******* waste of money! On the locals' recommendation, we travelled to the gardens to the north to watch the sunset ...