To the Birthplace of Buddha

Lumbini (Nepal), 12.07.2013

We reached Nepal today, after two days instead of just one, due to the terrible slowness on the roads of India. Yesterday morning we left Agra at 09:20 and began with a good dose of Indian city traffic. It didn’t get a lot better during the following hours on the road. The same ordeal of driving in India we have already seen so often now. It was a day lost, through flat and unexciting land. We drove without interruptions, just the occasional gas stop. No food on the road, we ate from our reserves in the car. Heat and humidity outside were brutal.

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Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Agra (India), 10.07.2013

The former capital of Hindustan, Agra, is the location of one of the world’s most impressive constructions, the Taj Mahal. This Unesco listed site is an ornamental masterpiece, a perfect exercise in geometry and a jewel of Mughal and Muslim architecture. But Agra also has another amazing site to offer, the Agra Fort, another Unesco listed site. Today we went to see both. Continue reading “Taj Mahal and Agra Fort”

Out of Delhi

Agra (India), 09.07.2013

New Delhi has been our third major milestone on this journey, after Istanbul and Tehran. We’ll have to skip the next two, Bangkok and Beijing, due to the changes in our route we mentioned in our last post. In New Delhi we got the Evoque finally checked by a Land Rover service station, where it stayed for over a week. In the meantime we headed for the beach and relaxed. Continue reading “Out of Delhi”