The Grand Imperial, Agra
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Like the Mughal emperors before us we abandon Fatehpur Sikri, I hope that this will not be our last visit, and that we may once again return to enjoy the tranquil beauty of this place. We leave at just after 2.00pm and head towards Agra. It's a short drive, just under an hour, so assuming the are no traffic jams or accidents …
... meet the rest of the group downstairs at 7.30 and head to the Red Fort. Our train to Orchha is at 10.30, and the pace will slow for a few days before we boat and camp down the Ganges from Allahabad to Varanasi. It's been another long day, and it's 8 pm and I'm ready for bed , wonder if they'll have the Wallabies v England on any of the sports channels ? I'm guessing not, probably Indian cooking shows, Bollywood movies, and Hindi comedies with men dressed and women etc etc Namaste from ...
... me. I knew it had been built by some Emperor for his wife, as an expression of love, but didn't know it was a tomb. I expected a residence. So all in all, put simply, it is a whole lot of structure for a very small cubic space need, but I guess, obviously an expression of love, if not of wealth. That was a different era for sure. But we still are not quite out of it, as we are still building huge structures for materialistic reasons while so many people are still ...
... and Claire had her bananas - yes it felt like it would be a very good day indeed. And then it all went wrong.
A large viscious monkey jumped down in front of Claire. This was no cute little jungle monkey this guy was huge. He had cold dead eyes and stared menacingly at Claire with a sick sadistic grin that seemed to suggest this wasnt his first banana robbery. Claire immediately turned to run but behind her more monkeys had appeared, there must have been 20 in ...
... of the later morning. What an amazing place. We went back to the hotel to have breakfast and then headed to the train station to take a 10am train to Jhansi, where we took tuk tuks to our hotel in Orchha. The hotel is lovely and has a pool so a few of the girls went swimming just as a huge rain storm started. It was quite lovely since the air is so hot and it cooled down the temperature outside. In the evening we went to Temple for the sunset ceremony. ...