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  • 1 - Mark Twain:  "India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grand mother of tradition. width:668;;height:1024
  • 2 - Welcome in the Claridges Hotel Delhi - India - We were welcomed with flower chains from our hotel. width:708;;height:1024
  • 3 - On the road for 5 hours to Agra and we will experience Indian traffic which has its own unique 'style'. width:1024;;height:680
  • 4 - Within the seemingly chaotic system, there are few accidents, due to an assimilation of luck, self survival, slow speed (due to the pot holes and agricultural traffic on the road), extra defensive driving by the smaller vehicle (who will be hurt more than the bigger vehicle) and also extra defensive driving by the more expensive vehicle (who will have to pay the driver of the less expensive vehicle irrespective of whose fault it was).<br /><br /> width:1024;;height:680
  • 5 - All in all, a relatively safe, but unique and an unforgettable experience on our trip to Agra and back width:754;;height:1024
  • 6 - Going to work - talking and having fun. I've seen a lot of friendly and even happy people in a poor and strongly polluted country.<br /> width:1024;;height:733
  • 7- On the road to Agra. An auto rickshaw or three-wheeler (tuk-tuk, trishaw,bajaj) can carry 6 to 7 people. We saw some rickshaws with 20 people ! width:1024;;height:608
  • 8 - On the road to Agra. width:1024;;height:701
  • 9 - On the road to Agra. width:1024;;height:658
  • 10 - On the road to Agra. width:1024;;height:608
  • 11 - Economic activities near the road to Agra. width:1024;;height:613
  • 12 - Economic activities near the road to Agra. width:1024;;height:689
  • 13 - On the road to Agra. width:1024;;height:930
  • 14 - Along the route to Agra. During a short stop so called 'Monkeyman' comes near the car..try to make some money. width:1024;;height:623
  • 15 - Aside the road to Agra. During a short stop  'Monkeyman' comes near the car..try to make some money. width:1024;;height:752
  • 16 - Agra - The Oberoi Amarvillas hotel - Rated amongst the leading resorts in the world, The Oberoi Amarvilas offers the best view of the Taj Mahal in Agra. The hotel is located 600 meters from the Taj Mahal and all rooms, suites, lobby, bar and lounge offer breathtaking views of the monument. width:1024;;height:669
  • 17 - Agra - The Oberoi Amarvillas hotel. Built in a style inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the resort is a  display of terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions with rich interiors that take you back to an era of Emperors and Princes. width:1024;;height:622
  • 18 -  Agra - The Oberoi Amarvillas hotel. width:1024;;height:680
  • 19 -  Agra - The Oberoi Amarvillas hotel. width:1024;;height:748
  • 20 -  Agra - The Oberoi Amarvillas hotel. width:1024;;height:656
  •  21 - Agra - The Oberoi Amarvillas hotel. Richly detailed interiors are complemented by a choice of international and Indian cuisine. It was a joy to stay here! width:1024;;height:680
  • 22 -  Agra - The Oberoi Amarvillas hotel. width:1024;;height:680
  • 23 -  Agra - The Oberoi Amarvillas hotel. width:1024;;height:672
  •  24 - Agra - The Oberoi Amarvillas hotel - Scenic spots. width:680;;height:1024
  • 25 - Agra. The Oberoi Amarvilas hotel. View of the Taj Mahal. width:1024;;height:636
  • 26 - Agra Red Fort was designed and built by the great Mughal ruler, Akbar, in about 1565 A.D. width:1024;;height:672
  • 27 - It was initially built as a military establishment but later on his successors made many additions to the main structure. width:1024;;height:534
  • 28 - Red Fort - Agra width:680;;height:1024
  • 29 - Red Fort - Agra width:1024;;height:680
  • 30 - Red Fort - Agra width:1024;;height:700
  • 31 - Red Fort - Agra width:1024;;height:680
  • 32 - Also within the fort is the marble Nagina Masjid, built by Shah Jahan to house the women of the zenana or harem. Below it is the Zenana Meena Bazaar, where the ladies could examine and buy trinkets, finery and the like- all without actually emerging from their purdah (veil). width:1024;;height:627
  • 33 - In 1658, the son of Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb declared himself emperor and imprisoned his father in a tower of the Red Fort in Agra. For Shah Jahan, King of the World, who once commanded the unbounded wealth of an empire, his only consolation would be a view across the Jamuna River to his vision of Paradise. width:1024;;height:615
  • 34 - Red Fort - Agra - The two temporary emperors.. width:1024;;height:680
  • 35 - Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world, and some Western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed. The Taj is the most beautiful monument built by the Mughals, the Muslim rulers of India. Taj Mahal is built entirely of white marble. width:669;;height:1024
  • 36 - Shah Sunny and Shah Mustafa. width:1024;;height:680
  • 37 - Taj mahal was built in 22 years (1631-1653) with the orders of Shah Jahan and it was dedicated to Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Bano Begum), the wife of Shah. 22.000 workers labored and it was built according to Islamic architecture. width:1024;;height:672
  • 38 - Taj Mahal is really beautiful! (downside: too many tourists!) width:1024;;height:677
  • 39 - The four minarets standing on the corners of the platform of the Mausoleum expressed as the stairs to the foot of the sky. They were build with 5.5 degrees tilt to the outside to prevent them falling to the main building inside. width:680;;height:1024
  • 40 - The walls are inscribed with verses from the Qu'ran in Arabic in black calligraphy. The small domed pavilions on top are Hindu in style and signify royalty. The gate was originally lined with silver, now replaced with copper, and decorated with 1,000 nails whose heads were contemporary silver coins. width:1024;;height:700
  • 41 - All walls are exquisitely inlaid and decorated with precious stones. width:1024;;height:680
  • 42 - The main chamber inside is octagonal with a high domed ceiling. This chamber contains false tombs of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan, laid to rest in precise duplicates in a. Both tombs are exquisitely inlaid and decorated with precious and semiprecious gemstones, the finest in Agra. Had to lay down my camera, because photography is forbidden here! width:1024;;height:644
  • 43 - The Bageecha, the ornamental gardens through which the paths lead, are planned along classical Mughal char bagh style. Two marble canals studded with fountains, lined with cypress trees emanating from the central, raised pool cross in the centre of the garden, dividing it into four equal squares. In each square there are 16 flower beds, making a total of 64 with around 400 plants in each bed. The feature to be noted is that the garden is laid out in such a way as to maintain perfect symmetry. The channels, with a perfect reflection of the Taj, used to be stocked with colourful fish and the gardens with beautiful birds. width:1024;;height:679
  • 45 - Wandering Around The Taj Mahal. width:1024;;height:672
  • 46 - Wandering Around the Taj Mahal. width:809;;height:1024
  • 47 - Wandering Around the Taj Mahal. width:1024;;height:659
  • 48 - Wandering Around the Taj Mahal. width:1024;;height:680
  • 49 - It is believed that the name "Taj Mahal" was derived from the name of Shah Jahan's wife, Mumtaz Mahal and means "Crown Palace". width:1024;;height:639
  • 50 - Wandering Around the Taj Mahal. width:1024;;height:655
  • 50b - About 2 to 3 million people per year visit the Taj Mahal, and about 200.000 people from overseas. width:1024;;height:711
  • 51 - Back to the hotel with a rickshaw. width:1024;;height:680
  • 51b - Take a break!  In between controlling communication. width:680;;height:1024
  • 52 - Nepal is one of the most fascinating countries in the world with its natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, towering Pagodas, spectacular Himalayan Ranges with world's highest Peaks and much more. And in the mountains a lot cleaner than in width:1024;;height:680
  • 53 - Panorama-Kathmandu is the capital and with close to one million inhabitants, the largest city of Nepal. width:1024;;height:227
  • 54 - Kathmandu street view. width:1024;;height:554
  • 55 - Poverty surrounds Kathmandu like a shroud. People live with it as best they can. You can see it in many places, width:1024;;height:611
  • 56 - ..the homeless.. width:1024;;height:700
  • 57 - ..the electrical system. width:1024;;height:680
  • 58 - ..the pollution. width:1024;;height:612
  • 59 - Small shops in Kathmandu. width:1024;;height:694
  • 60 - Bikes are used to transport anything and as much as possible. width:1024;;height:715
  • 61 - Small shops in Kathmandu. width:1024;;height:680
  • 62 - Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. width:1024;;height:680
  • 63 - The area surrounding the stupa is filled with chaityas, temples, painted images of deities and numerous other religious objects. There are many small shrines with statues of Tantric and shamanistic deities, prayer wheels. width:1024;;height:699
  • 64 - Swayambhunath Stupa. width:693;;height:1024
  • 65 - Swayambhunath Stupa. width:683;;height:1024
  • 66 - Shops near Swayambhunath Stupa. width:1024;;height:680
  • 67 - Shops near Swayambhunath Stupa. width:1024;;height:589
  • 68 - Shops near Swayambhunath Stupa. width:1024;;height:680
  • 69 - Portrait of an old tibetan woman.. width:1024;;height:743
  • 70 - ..and man. width:1024;;height:748
  • 71 - Visiting a tibetan buddhist monk school. width:1024;;height:689
  • 72 - Young tibetan buddhist monk pupils. width:1024;;height:676
  • 73 - Young tibetan buddhist monk pupils in school. width:1024;;height:627
  • 74 - Young tibetan buddhist monks. width:1024;;height:634
  • 75 - Monk. width:756;;height:1024
  • 76 - Monk. width:708;;height:1024
  • 77 - Near Swayambhunath Stupa girl selling pigeon food. width:683;;height:1024
  • 78 - Shops near Swayambhunath Stupa. width:1024;;height:656
  • 79 - Visiting tempels. width:1024;;height:672
  • 80 - Visiting tempels. width:1024;;height:707
  • 81 - Durbar Square -market width:1024;;height:680
  • 82 - Durbar Square -market width:1024;;height:641
  • 83 - Old man durbar square. width:1024;;height:769
  • 84 - Durbar Square -market width:1024;;height:651
  • 85 - Durbar Square -market width:1024;;height:707
  • 86 - Durbar Square -market width:1024;;height:688
  • 87 - Durbar Square -market width:1024;;height:691
  • 88 - Durbar Square -market width:699;;height:1024
  • 89 - Guard width:710;;height:1024
  • 90 - Heli-trip to Lukla and Hotel Everest. width:1024;;height:677
  • 91 - The entire panorama of the great snow-clad Himalaya unfolds as the flight climbs out of Kathmandu valley and flies above endless hills blanketed with terraces and small villages. width:1024;;height:680
  • 92 - Heli-trip to Lukla and Hotel Everest. width:1024;;height:680
  • 93 - There she is....Mount Everest. (peak in the middle) width:1024;;height:680
  • 94 - Fueldrop and in between stop at Lukla airport. width:1024;;height:629
  • 95 - Lukla (airstrip) width:1024;;height:680
  • 96 - Namche Bazaar (sherpa village) is popular with trekkers in the Khumbu region, especially for altitude acclimatization, sherpa hiring and is the gateway to the high Himalaya. width:1024;;height:610
  • 97 - Trekking road to Mount Everest basecamp. width:1024;;height:680
  • 98 - Heli landing site near hotel Everest view. width:1024;;height:680
  • 99 - Panorama - This is the Hotel Everest View (HEV) situated at 3,880m. height in the Sagarmatha National Park is the highest located hotel in the world and commands a spectacular view of Mt. Everest (8,848 m.). width:1024;;height:272
  • 100 - We saw a yeti (or abominable snowman) right in front of the Mount Everest peak. Weird! width:1024;;height:575
  • 101 - Going back to Kathmandu airport. width:1024;;height:617
  • 102 - In the meanwhile enjoying the view on terraced corn and rice fields.. width:1024;;height:670
  • 103 - enjoying the view on terraced fields.. width:1024;;height:642
  • 104 - enjoying the view on terraced fields.. width:1024;;height:643
  • 105 - Enjoying the view on terraced fields.. width:1024;;height:679
  • 106 - To see more mountains, we take a mountainflght by plane. We will see the whole stretch of the Himalayas that extend across Nepal.The Mount Everest is here again! width:1024;;height:680
  • 107 - Mountainflght by plane. width:1024;;height:680
  • 108 - Mountainflght by plane. width:1024;;height:674
  • 109 - Mountainflght by plane. width:1024;;height:537
  • 110 - Back in Kathmandu, just some portraits.. width:1024;;height:722
  • 111 - just some Kathmandu portraits.. width:1024;;height:646
  • 112 - Flight to Pokhara. Nepal's second city, at least in tourist terms, Pokhara is the end point for the famous Annapurna Circuit trek and the starting point for a dozen more treks through the mountains of the Annapurna.<br /><br />But it was too cloudy and hazy to see any mountain. width:1024;;height:680
  • 113 - Shangrila Hotel Pokhara. width:1024;;height:680
  • 114 - Sangmo, our capuchino girl at the hotel. width:1024;;height:680
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  • 117 - Pokhara streetlife width:1024;;height:613
  • 118 - Pokhara streetlife width:1024;;height:680
  • 119 - Pokhara - homeless woman width:1024;;height:655
  • 120 - The Pokhara lamborghini width:1024;;height:687
  • 121 - The Davis Waterfall lies 2 km from Pokhara city. The water falls directly into a deep and narrow canal with no ends. It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the canel and was never found, and hence the name David waterfall, named in his memory by the people of Pokhara. width:592;;height:1024
  • 122 - Pal-Jorling is a Tibetan refugee camp, not far from Pokhara, where we saw this woman. width:680;;height:1024
  • 123 - Tibetans are famous for their woven rugs. Women produce them on the settlement grounds. width:680;;height:1024
  • 124 - The Fewa (or Phewa) Lake 1.5 kilometer long, second largest lake in Nepal, offers an excellent view of the mountains and their reflections on the lake...but we saw...nothing due bad visibility. width:1024;;height:680
  • 126 -Trip to Sarangkot hill -  Men are resting.. width:1024;;height:638
  • 127 - Women in Nepal slave in their households and fields day after day carrying heavy loads as well as looking after their family but carry out this work thanklessly and without pay due to the caste system, the pressure of dowry arrangements and the guilt of being a burden to their family....simply because they were born as a female in Nepal. This results in Nepali women being underpriviledged, uneducated, illiterate, discrimimated against, victims of physical & mental abuse and lacking in self-confidence. width:1024;;height:653
  • 128 - Women carrying a heavy load up a steep hill near Sarangkot outside Pokhara. width:680;;height:1024
  • 129 - Nepalees girl at Sun Rise restaurant in Sarangkot. width:676;;height:1024
  • 129b - Small Nepalese house. width:1024;;height:692
  • 130 - Sun Rise Sarangkot it offers one of the best mountain view in the world, but a foggy panorama is all we encountered. width:1024;;height:680
  • 131 - Pokhara Sarangkot. width:1024;;height:680
  • 132 - Pokhara Sarangkot width:1024;;height:658
  • 133 - Going down to Pokhara: Terraced rice fields. width:1024;;height:654
  • 134 - Flying to Beying via Lhasa gave us some wonderful views on the mighty mountains of the Himalaya.(Bhutan) width:1024;;height:646
  • 135 - Looking at the mountains of Bhutan. width:1024;;height:670
  • 136 - Looking at the mountains of Bhutan. width:1024;;height:680
  • 137 - Slowly showing the frontier valleys of Tibet. width:1024;;height:680
  • 138 - Slowly showing the frontier valleys of Tibet. width:1024;;height:656
  • 139 - Bye, bye..Himalaya. width:1024;;height:649
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