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So the past month has been super chaotic with family members from all around the world coming down to the city. It was a strange yet warm feeling being surrounded by so many people in our little abode. Last week we had all gone for a short trip up north (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur) to revisit history and discover these cities like never before.

First stop- Delhi

From the well maintained, clean roads, to the gigantic houses, to the greenery, to the heritage it still upholds, I couldn't help but leave a small piece of my heart there. That city is one b-e-a-utiful city! So many stories attached to these weathering structures about the many rulers who conquered but never stayed. Rewind back to history class, except this time I could see them standing tall and magnificent in front of my eyes.

Qutub Minar

Jama Masjid

Humayun's Tomb

Next Destination - Agra

After 20 years of existence in this world out of which 10 years have been spent in India, this was the FIRST time EVER that I visited the ever famous and the jem of Indian tourism, Taj Mahal! And oh man, now I know what I've been missing all this while. That is one beauty. But first, I must tell you about my journey to Agra. The Yamuna Expressway which connect Delhi and Agra is by far the most brilliant highway I have been on in India. In true perspective, I could say that I can see how much India has developed thanks to all the international events being held in the country (Common Wealth Games, Formula 1). But wow, that was THE MOST comfortable car journey!! So, Agra, in one word is quite dirty. It's sad that people from all over India and the world come to see this beauty, however forget how to keep its home beautiful. One advice to those who are visiting, please beware of the locals who may convince you take a guide or enter a store or buy miniature Taj Mahals or take disgusting pictures of you posing in front of the Taj. JUST SAY NO! You may need a guide, but be sure that they don't influence you into extra, unnecessary expenditure. Last but not the least, be ready for a fun filled educative experience.

Taj Mahal

And finally- Jaipur

The pink city as most know, has this very royal vibe to the city. Its old palaces and forts were so smartly constructed to give all the amenities and leisure to the Maharajas. We picked a wrong time to go to Jaipur as it was pouring cats and dogs. Which meant staying in one day out of the two days we were there. We did the usual touristy stuff, visited Hawa Mahal, Amer Palace and Fort and Nahargarh Fort. Two places which are a must visit are Lassiwala at M.I Road and the street shops outside Hawa Mahal for Rajasthan's famous camel leather bags and mojdis (shoes). Also over here, baragain! And becareful, some vendors may sell shoes which are actually made of very poor quality and say that it's original leather. Try getting a local who may have knowledge about the real/fakes to help you out. Unfortunately we couldn't make it to the popular Choki Dhani due to the rains, but that's also a must visit I hear. 

Amer Palace and Nahargarh Fort

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