Yamuna River - Agra, India

Most of the city of Agra is built along the Yamuna River, which flows from the far north of the country, and through Delhi. The river has played an important role in the life of the cities most famous building, the Taj Mahal. Many of the materials used to build the monument came from the river, or were transported to the area by river. The Taj is located on a sharp bend in the river, down stream from Agra fort. The calmness of the river at this section allows the Taj Mahal to reflect off the water perfectly, like a mirror. 

The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in Childbirth. When construction of the Taj was completed, the body of Mumtaz was transported in a golden casket along the river, to its final resting place in the centre of the Mausoleum. Thirty-five years later, upon his own death, the Body of Shah Jahan made its journey down the river, to be laid to rest next to his wife, in the mausoleum that he built for her. 


• Letterboxing at Dartmoor •

The Dartmoor equivalent of message in a bottle.

At first we spotted what looked to be a lunchbox underneath one of the Tors, so curiosity spurred us to go and take a peek. Inside was a notebook, some ink stamps, and pens.

We scoured the pages and read the notes inside. People from all over were describing their purpose for being on the moors, names, ages and origin. It was wonderful!
These illustrations were my favourite.
We added our own little story and returned the box to its hiding place.
After we spotted one we started to notice several; it was like an impromptu treasure hunt!

The tradition began in 1854 (so the Internet tells me) by a man named James Perrott. Check it out, maybe you could start something similar near to where you live, it’s a lovely idea.