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In the Taj's long shadow

It is a poor and dirty country covered in a thick blanket of smog, which can cause long delays in flights all year round. It is a place where no foreigner can walk on the street without being surrounded by desperate beggars.

Saturday, 23 July, 2011, 12:00am

The slow road to superpower status

If you want to understand as much as possible about India in a single day, maybe the best thing to do is take the slow bus to Agra. Actually, there are no fast buses, because the road to Agra resembles a war zone in which countless people seem to be fleeing for their life.

4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am


1 Dynastic legacies

5 Jul 2006 - 12:00am


Kaiserslautern: The brotherhood of man is on display in Germany. The global game of soccer is breaking down the boundaries of racism, and bridging the cultural divide across England.

28 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Monument to eternal love casts a veil over her true age

Historians quibble over the correct date of the Taj Mahal's 350th birthday

India has launched celebrations to mark the 350th anniversary of the Taj Mahal, the country's famed monument to love, but historians say the festivities could be up to a decade too late.

28 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Lowly Taj labourers leave mark in marble

Some of the 20,000 nameless labourers who built the Taj Mahal 350 years ago - although only cogs in a gigantic wheel - must have had an inkling of its later glory as the greatest monument to love ever built. Archaeologists have discovered their names, furtively etched in the white marble.

7 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Destination weddings

Jagmandir Palace, Lake Pichola, Rajasthan

6 Jun 2004 - 12:00am


Food for thought: Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay in Bali is offering three- to four-hour classes at its cooking school (HK$700 each), where you can learn some of the secrets that have led to it being named top hotel for food in Bali by Conde Nast Traveler, and third in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.

24 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Visit the Taj Mahal with Air India

To mark its golden jubilee this year, Air India is offering readers the chance to visit the Taj Mahal in a competition that will appear in the South China Morning Post tomorrow.

26 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Taj Mahal mall plan a sellout, say critics

A symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal, could soon have a massive shopping complex looming up behind it, threatening to ruin the backdrop to one of India's most famed tourist attractions.

21 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

School Days set to pass Triple Trio test

The ING Hong Kong Champions and Chater Cup day at Sha Tin on Sunday should prove to be a marvellous spectacle, but to add further gloss to the meeting, the Jockey Club has added $38 million from the Triple Trio reserve with the pool likely to reach $90 million by the close of betting.

18 May 2001 - 12:00am

A diamond in a dirt heap

THE TOUR GUIDE HAS seen the Taj Mahal 150 times before, from every angle, in every season and every light.

But still, when the poem in white marble comes into sight through the arch of the protective barricades, Vishal Ghai gasps with awe.

So do I. It is a vision of sheer beauty and grace.

1 May 2001 - 12:00am

Double shows stable duo at their best

CONFIDENCE counts for plenty in the sport of kings and English rider Wendyll Woods showed it in spades yesterday when steering home a well-executed Sha Tin double.

28 May 2000 - 12:00am

The Spirit of Asia exhibition

A HINDU PRIEST stands on his head beside the Taj Mahal, a Malay man recites the Koran in a graveyard, Singaporeans recreate ocean waves in a tableau of the Lion City's history (left). These are among 110 images Ian Lloyd has selected for Spirit Of Asia: 20 Years Of Photography (National Geographic Channel, $220), a collection of favourites by the Singapore-based photographer.

20 May 2000 - 12:00am

Koh-I-Noor glimmers as Triple Trio banker

Koh-I-Noor, blinkered for the first time, can anchor the opening leg of tomorrow night's Happy Valley Triple Trio.

Racing comes from the city venue as it is Martell Grand National night with the world's most famous jumps contest simulcast live from England at 10.45pm.

7 Apr 2000 - 12:00am