Agra: Site, Sound, and Visual Stimulation Abound.

start of rice designIn Agra, the town where the Taj Mahal is, there was a large summit meeting and many preparations for the government officials and dignitaries were taking place all around us.  This meant even more traffic and pedestrian traffic than usual (which is really hard to fathom but it is possible!) The hotel where we were at was the hotel of many of these official, and on our arrival back we were privy to the creation of what seemed a unique decoration. We found out it is called Rangoli or Kolam (forgive me for not writing it down – I’ve tried to find out exactly which it might be on the internet but I’m still not sure. Is there an expert out there that can tell us the right name?) We caught the process mid-stream…colored rice being arranged in patterns along the entrance to the hotel – painstakingly pushed and cajoled into neat lines and circles.   Again, the sharp juxtaposition of the chaotic and orderly of this country is in evidence.

Rice Design












A 4 ½ drive back to Delhi. We say good-bye to our trusty driver. Then some souvenir shopping at DILLI HAAT where we found row after row of stalls overflowing with goods perfect to bring back as souvenirs.We were ready to head home, but on our way out we couldn’t resist watching the dancers balancing pots of fire on their heads!

Dancing with Fire

Then, off to bed for and ready to get back in the swing of visiting IVF clinics – which is really the reason we are here – to find out the best options for people looking to come to India for low cost Egg Donor and Surrogacy treatments.


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