Delhi to Dubai to Toronto — HOME!

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We arrived back in Delhi by train from Agra  just after 10:30PM on Monday evening into a disaster!

The monsoon rains had struck Delhi with a vengeance just after 7PM; and in 30 minutes Delhi had received over two inches of rain; or 52 MM. Massive flooding, trees were down, power outages, many roads were either blocked or impassable More


Agra – Agra Fort — a UNESCO World Herita ge Site

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We let our taxi driver convince us we had too little time and that it was too late to visit the Agra Fort so we took him up on his offer to visit a gem store and then a marble inlay store; we experienced high quality high pressured sales but we did not purchase anything.

Then we insisted More

Agra – Fatehpūr Sikrī — a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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After leaving the Taj Mahal we asked our driver to take us to Fatehpūr Sikrī another UNESCO World Heritage Site that was listed in Lonely Planet as being 36 KM from Agra. Fatehpūr Sikrī was built by Akbar the Great the third Mughal Emperor of India in 1570 and served as the empire’s capital from More

Agra – Taj Mahal — a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Our driver dropped us off at the Western Entrance to the Taj Mahal; where we had to walk about one kilometer to get to the Grand Gate to the Taj Mahal. This entire KM, even at the Grand Gate, where we paid our admission fee we were accosted by vendors and tour guides; we pushed through and More

Agra in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh

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Our last full day in India started at 4AM as we awoke to prepare for our train trip to Agra, in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh and the home of the Tāj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpūr Sikrī, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

It is our plan on this day to visit all three before More

Delhi – Dinner at the Home of Vikram and Vendana

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On Sunday evening we had dinner at the home of Vikram and Vendana; they are related to a friend of Ellen; Ellen had stayed at their house in Delhi last year and when they had heard that our entire family was to be in Delhi they had invited us for Sunday dinner.

We rented a More

Delhi – Dilli Haat Market and Lunch at the Metropolis Restaurant

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On Sunday we traveled by auto-rickshaw to the Dilli Haat Market; this is a more organized market where the vendors come from all over India; I spoke to several of them to find out where they were from; western India near the border with Pakistan or eastern India near Eat Bengal and so on… It was More

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