Friday, January 23, 2009

A week down...

The Taj Mahal was absolutely magnificent the other day, really amazing. The sheer scale of it was unbelievable and it’s hard to imagine how they managed to do it. It’s perfectly symmetrical in every way. The crowds there were manic and needless to say we took loads of photo’s there.
Since Agra and the Taj we spent 3nights in Ranthambore and did 2 full day safaris in the National Park here. We saw lots of interesting wildlife (monkeys, crocodiles, peacocks, eagles, deer and lots of different types of bird.) The main prize is tiger though and unfortunately none of those were spotted in the 2 days we were in the park.
The hotel here is lovely with a nice little garden, but because it’s the Indian equivalent of a Bank Holiday weekend, the place is packed. We got here one night before the crowds though and the first night was lovely and peaceful, probably the first time since we’ve been here we’ve had any sort of tranquility.
We're now in Bundi and we're coming to the end of our 3 days here. It's a big enough town with a population of about 150,000 but its really laid back and not at all touristy. People here are happy enough just to say hello without trying to sell you anything and its a nice change. We did some of the sights here yesterday, the palace, the stepwell, the market and we went out to a little village where they make clay pots. It reminded me of Bunratty Folk Village - It was like stepping back in time - a really basic, rural village.
We're off to the fort now since its late in the evening. It's too hot in the afternoon.
Here's a few photo's from our visit to the Ganges. Its takes a while to upload them so the rest will have to wait.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Paul and Jan,
    Hope you are both well and having a great time. The weather here is shocking. Dad flew off with the GAA team today, there having a ball and the weather is lovely.
    Munster got a home 1/4 final against the Ospreys and if they win that a home semi final against the winners of the leinster game.
    Take care and talk to ye soon.
    Lots of Love,
    Mom and Mary Mo