Saturday, April 10, 2010

My India Trip

Alright, I know this blog post is 6 months overdue. Been busy for the last few months and I promise that I will ensure to update my blog regularly. Anyway, this post is about my trip in India, the last stop of my 2009 backpack series. I arrived in Kolkata on the 1st of October 2009 at around 6pm via flight from Bangkok. After that, there was a connecting flight going to the capital New Delhi. From there, I was expecting for a long hours of train ride but everything changed and I'll put that into history. I'll discuss more on the wonderful spots I saw in this big country, specifically in Agra.

I first visited the famous Agra Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most important fort in India. This place contains almost 20 sites/mosques/structures and is awarded several architecture recognition. There was an entrance fee but can't remember how much it was. The place was really nice and very refreshing on the eyes even if it was really hot that day. You will experience the wonderful architecture of India and their artistry really showed on this tourist spot.

Next stop is this Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb which is often described as 'jewel box' that was built between 1622 and 1628. Seems like the main building is surrounded by numerous gardens and outbuildings. It is also regarded as draft version of Taj Mahal and known as 'baby taj'. The place was quite nice and very peaceful.

The main reason why I wanted to visit India is because of Taj Mahal. I really want to see this another UNESCO World Heritage site that is cited as the jewel of Muslim art in India. The central focus of the complex is the tomb and I got the chance to see it by myself. I was really amazed by the beauty of this site. The marbles were artistically crafted to build this very famous landmark. Taj Mahal is also included in the New Seven Wonders of the world list that was announced last 2007. I felt ultimate happiness as I reached this very far place.
On the other side, I was able to take a closer look on the streets of Agra, India. Twas very hot and you can see many people around the city. I also noticed that most of the cars don't have right side mirror and the drivers seem to be very aggressive in driving but still they are observing safety. I also tried authentic Indian foods and I can say that I really enjoyed it.


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