Among our specialties are arranging honeymoon vacations and destination weddings. Our experienced agents can help you to plan and arrange any aspect of the trip, so that you can enjoy the vacation and won't need to worry about a thing!
Here are the words of gratitude from Chad and Amy, who recently returned from their honeymoon vacation in Europe. We are so happy to know they had fun and enjoyed their trip!
We had great fun thanks to your planning. We stuck another hotel we'd recommend in the card! It's in
Lake Como, Italy! Right by the train station. Thank you for all your planning. We would have been lost without it. We had a great time and hope someday to return and see more of Europe.
Thank you for all your planning. We would have been lost without it. We had a great time and hope someday to return and see more of Europe.
~ Chad and Amy S."
Congratulations to Kieu Bolia, the winner of a trip to Mexico, courtesy of Charlie Brown's Goodtime Travel and Apple Vacations. Have a fantastic time, Kieu!
We'll be giving away many more trips throughout the summer so keep checking our page and watching KRDO 13 for details.
Beautiful and very successful day for the March of Dimes event. Here are some photos!
"Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator's glory."
Taj Mahal - for many it is known as a symbol of India combining Islamic, Persian and Indian styles of art and architecture. It is considered a cultural jewel, an is one of UNESCO's Wold Heritage Sites.
The name Taj Mahal comes from Persian/Urdu and means "Crown of palaces". It is a mausoleum built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal - an empress known for her beauty and grace, loved by all, but most by her husband.
It was built in the period when India was part of the Mughal (also known as Mogul) Empire, which existed from 1526 through 1757. At the peak of its power, the Mughal Empire controlled most of the Indian subcontinent - extending from Bengal in the east to Balochistan in the West, Kashmir in the north to the Kaveri basin in the south. Its population was estimated between 110 and 150 million.
Taj Mahal was erected during the rule of the fifth emperor - Shah Jahan. The reign Shah Jahan was the golden age of Mughal architecture and arts. Many famous cultural monuments such as Pearl Mosque, Red Fort, Jama Majid of Delhi and Lahore Fort were constructed in that time period.
In 1631, Shah Jahan was grief stricken by the loss of his favorite consort - his third wife Arjumand Manu, better know as Mumtaz Mahal (the chosen one of the palace).
Mumtaz was known for her compassion, beauty and grace. And although she was his 3rd wife, he was so taken by her that he showed very little interest in his other wives. And according to the court chronicler, Motamid Khan, his relationship with his other wives ""had nothing more than the status of marriage. The intimacy, deep affection, attention and favour which His Majesty had for the Cradle of Excellence (Mumtaz) exceeded by a thousand times what he felt for any other." Their 19 years long marriage was deep and passionate. They had fourteen children together, but seven of them died at birth or at very young age.
Mumtaz was his constant companion and he trusted her immensely. She also had great influence on him, often intervening on behalf of the poor.
In 1631 Mumtaz Mahal was once again accompanying her beloved on his fighting campaign, while pregnant with their 14th child. Sadly, she died while giving birth.
Shah Jahan was devastated by this loss, and some say he did not leave his room for two months. Some chronicles say he went into secluded mourning for a year. Upon his return he had aged immensely - his hair turned white and his back became bent.
In remembrance of Mumtaz Mahal - a beautiful and unique person according to many - he began the construction of Taj Mahal. Starting in 1632, the monument was completed in 1653, thus taking 21 years.
Five years after the completion of Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan became ill which prompted a battle for power between his sons. At the end of this battle, his third son Aurangzeb usurped command of the Empire, and even after Shah Jahan recovered from his illness, Aurangzeb declared him unfit to rule and placed him under house arrest, where he spent 8 consecutive years of his life. Jahan's and Mumtaz's first daughter cared for her father until his death.
Shah Jahan passed away at the age of 74 and was buried in the mausoleum next to his wife.
Every facet of Taj Mahal is a masterpiece. Here you can see many of the finest techniques of Islamic and Hindu art and craftsmanship, and is decorated with calligraphy of Persian poems and passages from the Qu'ran.
Taj Mahal is built mainly out of white marble. The interior decoration of Taj Mahal features intricate inlaying of precious and semiprecious gemstones.
The Taj Mahal complex is comprised of multiple structure and includes a beautiful 980 ft garden.
Some believe that Shah Jahan was planning to build an identical Taj Mahal across the Yamuna river made out of black marble. The white Taj Mahal would have been for Mumtaz, while the black one would have been for Shan Jahan himself. A a beautiful bridge would have joined the two.
Check out this new great video from KRDO for the March of Dimes walk! And remember by participating in the walk you can win a fantastic cruise as a curtesy for Charlie Brown's Goodtime Travel and Apple Vacations. :)
As mentioned earlier we've teamed up with KRDO, News Channel 13 Colorado Springs to support several incredible events to better lives of everyone in our community. Please welcome the first in the series of these events - March of Dimes!
Please join The March of Dimes March for Babies walk is in Colorado Springs and Pueblo on April 27th, 2013!
And as a curtesy of Charlie Brown's Goodtime Travel you can win a 7 night trip to Cancun Mexico. All you need to do is join the walk and register at the KRDO booth!
Hope to see you there !
At Charlie Brown Goodtime Travel we believe in importance of communities
working together to improve the world around us.
We are teaming up with KRDO to support four major future local events.
The first in the series of these events is March of Dimes Colorado Springs
Please stay tuned, we'll be sharing lots of exciting news, videos and
Today we wanted to share with you a photo of this incredible castle in Germany.
Neuschwanstein is a perfect fairy tale castle! In fact it is one of the castles used as inspiration for Disney's famous Cinderella Castle. :)
If you'd like to visit this castle and any other European castles - please contact our travel agents and they will be happy to help you.