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A 6.15 pickup took us to the main railway station to board our express train to Kalka where we were due to meet the narrow gauge railway to Simla,the so called toy train and one of the great train journeys of the world. The train started on time and whilst we were given tea,juice,water,corn flakes with hot milk and a hot savoury snack we were treated to a fine view of the poorer side of India. Picture this: beside the track lies the detritus of the tents ...
... along with the Red Fort which I've seen and Humayun's Tomb which I have not. It's the ruin of an Islamic monument and Qutab Minar itself is actually the massive tower which you can't ******* miss. It's huge. 237ft high, 47ft in diameter at the base, tapering to 9ft at the top. Yeah, I got the audio guide again. It was started by Qutb-ud-din Aibak in 1192, he ...
... family (of at least 5) all hanging out of the back of one Rickshaw. We are pretty sure they think we are spending the whole day with them tomorrow...we'll have to see how that goes.
We have returned to the hotel for an early night and have met one of the people on our tour. She has just been in Mumbai with a friend who is a personal trainer to a Bollywood star!
We miss you all.
Lots of love,
The Hollands ...
... and reflections that occur with the beauty of the marble and the sun as it rises for the day. Of course one cannot visit the Raj and not sit on the bench where Princess Diana sat during her iconic visit in 1992. I bet her driver didn't get lost, or get circled by hawkers, the girl does not know what she missed! While we both found these monuments and their stories quite remarkable we could not help but notice the disrepair and deterioration. We were told there is no assistance ...
... that the Taj was shrouded in mist on the morning we went to visit it, the building did not disappoint. It really is breathtakingly beautiful and well worth the visit!
We visited the Agra Fort next - but after the magnificence of the Taj and the, what seemed like hundreds, of Mughal forts we visited in the previous days - our enthusiasm wasn't quite what it should have been. No offence to the Agra Fort intended but we were officially forted out ...