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On the way to Agra, India - 26th May 2008

By: Mosuha

Monday we spent on the road....

Because there were some people called Gujjar, who demonstrated in a town near Agra and killed several others, the normal road from Jaipur to Agra was closed, so we had to take the long way over Delhi....

It took us 10 hours, so we arrived in our hotel in Agra again very late.

But it was not as boring as it sounds. We saw a lot of funny vehicles at the so called HIGHWAY....

And we took a rest next to a friendly group of cows...

Near Agra I saw a nice building called Akbar Tomb.

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Agra, India - 27th May 2008

By: Mosuha

Oh, this should be the great day!
We woke up very early on tuesday, because we were all so excited to see the Taj Mahal.

Imagine, we could even see it from the hotel's room, far far away....

We made as much noise as we could to wake up our hosts, we just couldn't wait!

But than the big disapointment!
At the entry to the place of the Taj Mahal, the guys said, we tvs are all not allowed to go inside. In fact, humans are only permitted to take their camera with them.

These guys were very rude and sticked to their silly rules, Mona and Uli couldn't do anything.

That was soooo sad!

But our hosts went in and took some pictures for us.
And they told us a little bit about the history of the Taj.

Did you know these facts:

The Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child. in 1631. The death of Mumtaz left the emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned grey overnight. Construction of the Taj began in the same year and was not completed until 1653. In total 20.000 people worked on the building. The construction bill is believed to have run to 3 Million Rupee equivalent to about 70 million US dollar today.

As the Taj was ready, Shah Jahan let cut off the right hand of every worker, who built it, because he wanted to make sure, that they were not able to built another copy of Taj for any other man.

And soon after the finishing, Shah Jahan's son became the Emperor and put his father into jail.
He said, it is a big crime to built such an expansive building, while the folks have nothing to eat and die because of hunger. He put Shah Jahan into the Agra Fort from where he could see the Taj from his window every day, untill he died.

We went to this place, and Shah must had the same view, we had as we took this picture of me and the Taj in the far.

Still today it is a shame, that the goverment earns so much money every year from the visitors of the Taj Mahal, but Agra is still such a poor city.

It is very dirty and many people have got nothing to eat.

Around the place of the Taj a lot of beggars are, and you have totally to watch out, not to be cheated by shopowner and other people on the streets.

So this was a not so nice expierience allover....

On our way to Delhi we than found another nice building. It is not as old as the Taj, but looks a little bit like it....
It's a hindu Temple near Agra.

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Delhi, India - 28th May 2008

By: Mosuha

Yeaaaahhhhh, mommy, I did it!!!!

I learnt how to swim dolphin style, because Uli taught me wednesday morning at the Lemon Tree Hotel pool in Delhi.

First I made a big jump into the refreshing water, because in Delhi it was really hot these days... and than I learnt real fast and got real fast... he he he.....

Are you proud of me, mommy?!

Later we did some more boring stuff, visiting the National Gallery Of Modern Art and some old tombs....

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Delhi, India - 29th May 2008

By: Mosuha

Today Carl and I woke up very early (okeee, I woke him up, I was just bored...) and first thing we went down to the hotel's restaurant and drank a coffee.

Later, together with the other tv's we went to the Red Fort in Delhi, but just Roderich and I could go inside, because the security check was very strick, and we both very small enough to not be noticed! 

The Red Fort was built by the guy, who built the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan.
The sandstone walls of the Red Fort extend for 2 km and vary in height from 18m to 33m. Shah Jahan began construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. Shah Jahan never completly moved his capitel from Agra to his new city of Shahjahanabad in Delhi, because he was deposed and imprisoned in Agra Fort by his son, as I told you before.

Inside the fort are many buildings like halls of public and private audiences, royal baths, a mosque and nice, green gardens.

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* Posted Jun 11, 2008, 6:42 am Last edited Jun 11, 2008, 6:46 am by Mosuha [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Manali, India - 30th May 2008

By: Mosuha

ooooooh yeaaaah... today we fly north of Delhi to Manali, which lies at an altidude of 2700m in the himalaya mountains and it was muuuuuuch less warm..... I loved that!!!

In Manali we took a little walk to the town and than enjoyed the beautiflu view from the hotel room's balcony.

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Manali/ Kullu, India - 31st May 2008

By: Mosuha

Today was great.

We first went to a place, where Mona, Uli and Repa gone for a white-water-rafting.... That was nothing for me, even no I can swim, but we watched them.

And I wondered about the smell, that lies over the valley...???
Than I found some plants, that grows there on every corner, like herbs.... Strange greens, don't you think?!

Later we visited some other places in Manali and, near by, the village of Vashisht.

In this area lives a lot of tibetan refugees, so you also find typicall tibetan houses and buddism temples. 

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Area of Manali/ Kullu/ Naggar, India - 1st June 2008

By: Mosuha

Oh, I love the area of Manali.
Everything is green, the weather is chilly and the people are friendly.

Today we first visited some old temple and a cute, little castle.

Naggar castle was capital of the Kullu Valley for nearly 1500 years and the castle was built by Raja Sidh Singh about 500 years ago in the classic Himachal wood ans stone blockwork style. The castle's courtyard contains a tiny Jagtipath Temple, which houses a slab of stone said to have been carried here by wild bees.... and a small museum.

About 2 km uphill past the castle is the Roerich Gallery, a fine old house displaying the artwork of eccentric Russian painter Nikolai Roerich, who died in Naggar 1947, and his son Svetoslav Roerich.

The distinctive Roerich style falls somewhere between surrealism and russian icon painting.

It was very interesting!

A five minute wark uphill from the gallery (which was extreme steeply), is the Urusvati Himalayan Folk & Art Museum, which houses a collection of embroidery and folk art.

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Journey to Keylong, India - 3rd June 2008

By: Mosuha

We are on the road again and the first part of the route goes from Manali over the Rothang Pass, which is in an Altitude of about 4000 meters or 13050 ft, to Keylong.

Keylong is 115 km north of Manali and in about an elevation of 3500m.

Imagine, it took us 7 1/2 HOURS to drive 115km, just because the Leh-Manali-Road is partly so bad, and sometimes there are some streetworking in progress and you have to wait, till the way is free again.

Anyway, the landscape is breathtaking and I really enjoyed travelling, although we all were totally shaked and had a little head pain, because of the altitude.

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Sarcu - Himalaya Mountains, India - 4th June 2008

By: Mosuha

Again, one day in the car. Today we drove the 140km from Keylong to Sarchu in about 7 hours.

Look at this landscape, it was just so amazing!!!

On our way we also saw a beautifull ice lake, I just love that picture.

Near Sarchu we slept at a small tent camp ( 5 tents), which was build in the middle of nothing..... just an elevated plattform between some mountains.

The ground was totatly dry in that high.

You had to walk real slow, because you run out of breath so extremely fast.... I think, this place lied in an elevation of about 4000m, and your heart beats like hell.... I felt a little sick...

As long as the sun was shining, it was quiet warm and the sky had the brightest color I've ever seen!

But as the sun went down, it started to freeze.
This night was sooooooooooooooooooooooo cold, you can't even imagine! brrrrrrrrr....... But this incredible view was all worth it!

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Leh - Himalaya, India - 5th June 2008

By: Mosuha

Today we took the last part of the roadtour, 245km from Sarchu to Leh in the region of Ladakh. That took us 10 hours this time.

We came along some of the highest motorable passes of the world.

Nakeela Pass at 15547 ft, which is 4738 meters,
Lachulunga at 16616 ft, which is 5065 meters,
and Taglamgla at 17592 ft, the second highest motorable pass in the world, which is 5362 meters.

In this high there is growing nothing anymore, no trees, no plants, no grass..... So the sourrounding look some kind of surealistic to me.... a lot of stones and rocks and of course snow....

We all felt sooooo sick, especially at Taglamgla Pass, because of the high elevation. Our hearts beated like crazy and you breathed very fast..... Although the landscape again was so beautiful, we didn't want to crawl out the car to take some pictures.... We just wanted to go down as fast as possible again and we were so happy as we arrived in Leh..... pfew....

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Leh - Ladakh, India - 7th June 2008

By: Mosuha

Yesterday we were really lazy, We haven't done anything but lying in bed, reading a little bit and eating some soup....

We were just so exhausted from the journey and our bodies were stressed out by the high altitudes we passed, that we decided NOT to go to the world's highest motorable road, which lies in an elevation of 5700 meters near by Leh..... That would have been just to much for us, I guess....

And today we took a little walk around the villiage of Leh.

In the first picture you see our Hotel, "The grand Dragon".

In the second it is a little mosque and in the backround at the hill you see the Leh Palace, that was built in the 17th century and it is sometimes called "the mini Potala", for the palace in Tibet that it resembles.

Leh itself nestles in a side valley north of the Indus river. Until 1947 it had close trading realtions with Central Asia and yak trains would set off over Karakoram La to Yarkand and Kashgar.

Today Leh has massive millitary presence and is a reminder of India's sensitive borders with Pakistan and China, because it is in the state of Kashmire.

The old town, at the base of Namgyal Hill, is a labytinth of alleyways and houses stacked with dry wood and dung, collected to use as fuel to withstand the long winter months.

In fact, the tourist saison just lasts 3 month a year, from June to August, because it is just too cold in the other months and many roads are closed then.

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Last days in the Himalayas, India - 8th June 2008

By: Mosuha

The last day of our vacations in the north of india passed by today.......

And it stood completly under the sign of Buddha!

We visited several gompas, monastarys, temples and stupas, as like the Klu-kkhyil Gompa ("klu-kkhyil" means "water spirits")in Likir, which was founded in the 11th century and was the first in Ladakh known to have been built by Tibetan monks.

Unusual for Ladakhi gompas, is the external 25m- high Maitreya statue, that dominates its setting.

This trip was very interessting, we saw a lot of the old tibetan culture... and we learnt about praying wheels and this prayer flags, you saw a lot in my pictures before.

On these colorfull flags there are prayers written and the colors symbolizes the elements. The wind shall carry the prayers around the world, that's why you often find these flags in high elevations, like the gompas and monastarys.

We had some very nice views about the valleys of the Ladakh area and the Indus River.

It was a loooong day, but we didn't want to miss the first game of Germany in the European Football Championship (okeeee, Uli and Mona didn't want to miss it!) so we went to bed very late.

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Chennai, India - 9th June 2008

By: Mosuha

Oh wow, this trip into the north of India was really amazing....
I the end, the time run by soooooo fast.... (even faster than me!)

But I guess, every nice vacation goes by.... I am a little sad.....

It was a fantastic time and I wonder, if I will see the guys again, one fine day?!

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on the way to the, USA - 28th June 2008

By: Mosuha

Hey, mommy!

India was great expirience, but now I am off!

Next destination -> the USA, and I looking forward, because they have a lot of great sports over there....  :D

See youuuuuuuuu...............

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Essen, Germany - 12th April 2009

By: Apperveilchen

I finally found my way back to my mentor. I am somewhat worse for wear and am missing an eye, parts of my ears and m nose isn't what it used to be but I am read for more adventures. Due to my time out in the wild I changed my life missions. I now what to visit some charity events or help in your neighborhood by distributing food to the needy or elderly, visiting children's or nursing homes, social centers or other places that could use some cheering up. I am willing to help out of course, just let me know what to do!

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