Our decision to go to India was unanimous; Clement had always wanted to shoot the tigers in Bhandhavgar and I had the Taj Mahal on my bucket list.

Rich in culture, tradition and mouth watering food, I literally ate my body weight – I didn’t care

We came up with an itinerary – we did not use a travel agent. Just pen, paper and google. After a few days of searching for hotels, tourist attractions, transport within India and shopping spots etc we were ready to go!  I always vouch for Trip Advisor, you can never go wrong.

After a 4 hour stopover in Dubai, We landed in New Delhi at 2:30pm where our driver  a jolly middle aged man called Laluji met us with Lei (the wreath of flowers you wear on the neck, presented as a sign of affection presented upon arriving or leaving). Our drive from Delhi to Agra was about 5 hours- he got us there in 4, men! he drove like a psycho! And enjoyed honking… a lot! All of it is hilarious in hindsight but at that moment I was a freaking out – All to the delight of clement.

Their 6 lane highways are very well maintained and traffic within city center moves quickly thanks to the traffic lights

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Arrival in Delhi with our driver Laluji

We spent a few days in Agra, stayed at the Taj hotel visited the Taj Mahal,  and  The Agra fort a 16th century building the official residence of the emperor of the Mughal dynast.

We had dinner every night at the same restaurant not far from our hotel called Spice. Indian food never tasted better!

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Inside Taj – you have to wear shoe covers so as not to damage the marble

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Selfie is a must :)

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Entrance into Agra Fort

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Standing at the ruins of Agra fort – a UNESCO world heritage site

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more of the Agra beauty

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A Step well enroute to Jaipur- Bat man movie was shot here

Next stop Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan state better known as- the pink city.

We visited the City palace (when we were there a passing monsoon had us trapped in the queens rooms- The blue room for a good 45 mins) After the rain and very strong winds had passed, we were treated to a cuppa and cookies at the palace! What a treat.

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Aerial view of Jaipur – Courtesy of Clement Kiragu

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Entrance to City Palace- Photo by Clement Kiragu

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City Palace- Blue room

Hawa Mahal was a sight at night- you simply have to see it, built by red and pink sandstone this palace comes alive at night time

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The next day we visited elefantastic– a company that advocates for the welfare and proper treatment of ellies, They also rehabilitate tortured elephants and gives them proper care, I made a new friend there her name is Smapa, a teenage female elephant.

 

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Thank you for stopping by,Part 2 will be up next week

Xx

Nelly