Sorry everyone for not having written a post for a while, I’ve been pretty busy. Anyway this post is mainly set in the year 2012 when TUT (The Ultimate Traveller) came with us to Rajasthan. So this post (apart from the Taj Mahal) is set in Rajasthan.
The Taj Mahal is obviously one of the 7 wonders of the world. It’s a white marble mausoleum in the city of Agra. It was built (so they say) for Shah Jahan for the tomb of his three favourite wives. They finished building the mausoleum in 1643, but continued working on it. It’s Mughal architecture. There are also two red sandstone buildings surrounded by a crenellated wall in the gardens of the Taj Mahal.
Whilst we were still in Agra me and TUT (mum was ill) went to Agra fort (Red fort) which is 2 1/2 km from the Taj Mahal so we could see the marble mausoleum on the horizon from here. This fort is on the banks of the Yamuna river. The fort features both Hindu and Islam art of building.
This is in the Fort at Jaisalmer. We stayed in a lovely room inside the fort, the room was like a fairy tale. Even the fort had a lot to offer.
After being there we took a trip and headed for the Thar desert (a.k.a the Great Indian desert). We stayed out there for 3 days. The accommodation wasn’t too bad, saying it was in the middle of a desert, miles away from no where.
I was meant to get my own camel but in the end they put me on with mum at the front, which was fine by me. Our camel was called Babalou (I think) and TUT’s was Captain. We headed out in the desert, on our camels with a small group of other people.
The beauty of the desert is amazing. Even though there wasn’t a multitudinous amount of wildlife (which I need) or shrubs, it was still appealing. We rolled down many sand dunes, which was fun. It seemed that we rode over a huge expanse of desert yet we only did so little. You could even see the Pakistan border in the distance.
At the end of the day we sat round a campfire, near our huts to eat our Indian meal. Dancers came and we sat and watched for most of the evening. The desert is hot in the day but is very cold at night.
After the desert we went to Jodphur where the Mehrangarh fort is. Here we did a Flying Fox zip line, but we had to lie about my age since I had to be older but we got away with it. It was fantastic!
The last zip wire is the highest one at 300m. You go over 2 lakes and we landed on the tip of a fortified tower for our grand finale. It was funny as all the adults were petrified, smoking faster, eyes wide and asking if it was safe. I wasn’t that bad since I knew if I got stuck they’d come out to get me. I’m not the most content with heights but I can do them now and then.