May 1, 2012

Mustang Grand Canyon helicopter tours, Las Vegas…Expectations were higher than the reality produced

While visiting Vegas, we decided to take a trip to the Grand Canyon. I read a lot of reviews about doing this and let me tell you, I am not really sure that it was worth it!  It’s a bit scary at first, but if you’re used to it, it’s quite breath-taking. I know it it a very expensive sight (fortunately i don’t remember the exact costs)

They do a good job of picking you up from our hotel on the strip and dropping you back, in all the trip takes about 4 hours. They provided a very pleasant waiting area at the airport. The staff were courteous but not incredibly friendly including our pilot who provided interesting information during our flight. Although the web site boasts of – helicopters feature wraparound glass for outstanding visibility, front-facing, theater-style seating – those sitting in the middle seats in the back had limited views

Expectations were higher than the reality produced. I don’t think I would actually pay for it out of my pocket….unless maybe I won a lot of money in Vegas. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

February 26, 2011

Taj Mahal, Agra…Incredible beauty and elegance. I was mesmerised!

It’s true. It’s all true.What they say about the incredible beauty and elegance of the Taj Mahal, the jewel of India. It is indeed one of the most beautiful monuments in the world I have ever had the privilege to see. Built of pristine white marble and surrounded by green gardens, the Taj Mahal is a breathtakingly beautiful sight. It is not only beautiful, but the story behind why it was built, makes it ever so amazing.  I was mesmerised!

One enters through an imposing grand gate made of red sandstones into a symmetrical Mughal style garden.  In the dark chamber under the gateway, framed by the arch of the doorway, the Taj Mahal slowly reveals itself reveals as I walked through the gateway. There are two mosques on the left and right side of the Taj Mahal, made mostly of red sandstones.

Up close, it is even more stunning – the intricacy and incredibly delicate carvings and details and inlay work (the while marbles are inlaid with precious stones like jasper, emeralds, mother of pearl, lapis, malachite and jade) would make you love it even more to a point where you won’t want to leave. Everything was hand carved. The style is a combination of Indian, Persian and Islamic architecture. There are 2 symbolic tombs for the king and queen, their real tombs are below not for tourists to see. I was totally gripped in awe and wonder to think that without modern technology, they were able to make working fountains, achieve perfect symmetry, use optical illusions and move very heavy marble rocks.

The Indian government has done a tremendous job on keeping the surrounding areas clean. No cars within one mile radious, hence no pollution. The only vehicles allowed are electric ones.

There is a pick-pocket problem there when it gets crowded so beware.

Having said that, everyone should visit the Taj Mahal at least once in their life. The tomb’s whiteness, its symmetry, its curves, majestic scale and exquisite detail are unreal. This is the true truth because I say it as it is…

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