Agra on the Yamuna River

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Usually in our armchair travels the last place we visit before moving from one country to the next is the capital city. In this case I have made an exception and left the city of Agra as the last city we’ll visit in India. This is because this city is home to the fabulous Taj Mahal. Agra sits on the banks of the Yamuna River in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

agra Taj-Mahal-Agra-Indiaagri taj mahalThe Taj Mahal is one of the finest monuments ever built. In 1983 it became a UNESCO World Heritage site. This world-renowned wonder at times is referred to as the epitome of love. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction was started in 1632 and completed in 1653. The lovely monument sits on the bank of the Yamuna River. There are two smaller red stone buildings, one is…

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Jaipur the Pink City

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Our armchair travels had taken us to Jodhpur the Blue City now we go from blue to Jaipur the Pink City. Jaipur is the capital of the Rajasthan state in India. The city was founded in 1727 and now is known as the Old City or Pink City for the trademark color of its buildings.

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Mubarak Mahal  (Wekcome Palace) part of City Palace was built in the late 19th century for Maharaja Madho Singh II as a reception center for visiting dignitaries. It is a multi-arched and colonnaded construction built in a mix of Islamic, Rajput and European styles by architect Sir Swinton Jacob. Today it is part of the Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II Museum where you can see a collection of royal costumes and impressive shawls. An incredible exhibit is the capacious clothing of Sawai Madho Singh I. They say that he was 2m tall, 1.2m wide…

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Jodhpur the Blue City

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No this city is not sad. In this case it is a blue city because the dominant color of the buildings and walls in the Old City is blue as far as the eye can see. There are many wonders that Jodhpur can offer and is located in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan.  Traditionally, blue signified the home of a Brahmin, but there are non-Brahmins here too. The blue appears to glow with a mysterious light and the blue tint is thought to repel insects. It is also known as the “Sun City” because the city enjoys bright and sunny weather all through the year. The Old City circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. Of course this city has now expanded greatly beyond the Old Blue City.

jod mehrangarth 2Mehrangarh is one of the most awesome and magnificent forts in India…

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EXPERIENCING DIVINITY

Enchanted Forests

God’s own Country is the catchy tag for the state of Kerala in Southern India .

The region is awash with a Beautiful Coastline and a plethora of Golden Sand Beaches.

What sets the region apart are the numerous backwaters and the merging of the Fresh and  the Salt Waterworlds.

Veli Lake is a Fresh Water Lake  near  Trivandurum that merges into Salty waters of the Arabian Sea .

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A Sand Bar  forms a lovely beach and  the barrier as well between the Sea and the Lake.

A view from a Floating restaurant at the mouth of the Veli Lake.

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A break in the Sand Bar creates the merger of the Fresh Waters of the Lake with the Arabian Sea.

The Entire Coastline of Kerala  is a historical Coastline and has been for thousands of centuries the First Point of Entry into

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Darjeeling, India

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The beauty of armchair travels is that at any moment you can be any place in the world and discover new and wonderful things. From the Andaman Islands we step onto the mainland of India. Our first stop here is a lovely town Darjeeling, located in the West Bengal State of India in the Himalayan foothills. It is well-known for its distinctive black tea that is grown on plantations doting the surrounding slope. The town’s backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks.

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The region’s most famous monastery is Yiga Choling Gompa. You can see impressive old murals and it’s home to some 30 monks of the Gelugpa school. The monastery was built in 1850 and enshrines a 5m-high statue of Jampa (Maitreya or “Future Buddah”) and 300 beautifully bound Tibetan texts.

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Close-by is the fortress-style Guru Sakya Gompa, which conducts prayer sessions between 5:30AM and 7:30 AM.

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Downhill…

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