December 5th, 2004


Pictures from India trip

I have 16 rolls developed. One roll still in the camera. It still feels like some pictures are missing though. Anyway, here's a selection of those pictures.

Also, I've added a few more entries for sites I visited. However, I still have a long way to go to get all of those entered. Patience. But if you want to read those, head back to entries starting on November 8th.

Sas Bahu Erotic Carving Eklingji Reservoir
Sas Bahu Erotic Carving
Damaged carving on the facade of Sas Bahu, near Nagda
Eklingji Reservoir
Slime covered reservoir for Eklingji village
Jal Mahal Samode Palace
Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal (The Lake Palace) near Jaipur
Samode Palace
Entrance to Samode Palace, about 50 km north of Jaipur
Mehrengarh Sas Bahu carving
Mehrengarh, the fort protecting Jodhpur since the mid 1400s
Sas Bahu carving
Another carving at Sas Bahu. Picked to show the flab on the figures depicted. Indians didn't idolize the muscular body tone.
Akbar's tomb Taj Mahal reflecting pool
Akbar's tomb
Me standing in front of the entrance to Akbar's tomb, west of Agra
Taj Mahal reflecting pool
The Taj Mahal reflected in the water
Taj Mahal Koranic verses @ Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal from below the plaza
Koranic verses @ Taj Mahal
These Koranic verses are black marble inlay at the Taj Mahal
South Gate Taj Mahal Taj Mahal garden
South Gate Taj Mahal
View of the south gate entrance to the Taj Mahal showing the masses of tourists
Taj Mahal garden
View of the garden surrounding the Taj Mahal, showing the masses of tourists
Amer Taj Mahal from a distance
Amer fort from below. The red dots are elephants climbing the road to the fort.
Taj Mahal from a distance
View of the Taj Mahal from the banks of the Yamuna river, just below Agra fort. If not for drought, the spot where I stood would be under water.
Itimaud-ud-Daulah Jagmandir
Itimaud-ud-Daulah, in Agra, the tomb of Jehangir's wazir, or chief minister. Notable for the marble design that was later used to build the Taj Mahal.
Normally an island palace, 10 years of drought has "beached" this Udaipur site.
Jagniwas Peacock art
Jagat Singh built this island palace, also "beached" due to drought. Now a luxury hotel (guests only allowed to visit), the palace appeared in Octopussy
Peacock art
This glass inlay artwork appears in the peacock courtyard of the City Palace complex, Udaipur
Complex in Eklingji Elephant at Amer
Complex in Eklingji
The steps lead to the slime covered reservoir. As this was closed and not a tourist site, I am unsure of the purpose of this complex.
Elephant at Amer
A family starts on the climb via elephant to Amer
Amer Garden Humayun's Tomb
Amer Garden
Garden below Amer fort
Humayun's Tomb
Humayun's tomb in New Delhi was the first of the tombs in India that incorporated the design elements which made the Taj Mahal so beautiful
Cenotaphs at Jaswant Thada Qutab Minor
Cenotaphs at Jaswant Thada
A few cenotaphs for members of the Jodhpur ruling family.
Qutab Minor
Originally built as a tower for the muezzin to call the faithful to prayer. Built by the first Muslim rulers of Delhi in the 1100s
Raj Ghat Chistie's tomb, Fatehpur Sikri
Raj Ghat
The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Marigolds have significance in India, though they are originally from the western hemisphere.
Chistie's tomb, Fatehpur Sikri
Amid a bazaar of hawkers sits the white marble tomb of the Sufi saint, Chistie at Fatehpur Sikri.
Jai Prakash Yantra Brihat  Samrat  Yantra sundial [up]
Jai Prakash Yantra
At Jantar Mantar, this instrument is useful for determining both Zodiacal signs. Note the disc suspended in midair; the cast shadow is used in calculations.
Brihat Samrat Yantra sundial [up]
Took this picture of the shadow on the worlds largest sundial on my way up. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of the sundial itself.
Jantar Mantar Brihat Samrat Yantra sundial [down]
Jantar Mantar
View of Jantar Mantar from Brihat Samrat Yantra sundial (situated in the end of the Jantar Mantar complex).
Brihat Samrat Yantra sundial [down]
Took this picture of the shadow on my way down. Around 2 to 4 minutes passed after the up picture. Note the movement of the shadow even in that period.
Mehrengarh cannonball damage Jaswant Thada
Mehrengarh cannonball damage
Marks left by cannonballs after a siege of Mehrengarh (Jodhpur). The fort was never taken.
Jaswant Thada
A memorial for the Jodhpur ruling family
Jaswant Thada translucent marble Jodhpur market
Jaswant Thada translucent marble
Taken inside Jaswant Thada with the door shut, this picture shows the light filtering through some translucent marble blocks
Jodhpur market
Other parts were busier
Rural Indian potter prepares clay Rural Indian potter spins pottery wheel
Rural Indian potter prepares clay
Potter prepares clay
Rural Indian potter spins pottery wheel
Potter spins wheel
Rural Indian potter creates jar Kumbalgarh
Rural Indian potter creates jar
Potter forms jar
Remote Kumbalgarh was bastion for the Mewar kingdom
Monkey defends Kumbalgarh Kumbalgarh wall
Monkey defends Kumbalgarh
Monkeys manning the Kumbalgarh walls.
Kumbalgarh wall
The wall protecting Kumbalgarh is wider than most modern Indian highways.
Devi Garh Udaipur street
Devi Garh
My hotel near Udaipur. My room is behind me in what was probably formerly stables.
Udaipur street
Udaipur has cramped streets
Thatched cottages Udaipur City Palace
Thatched cottages
Taken at the same farm near Jodhpur.
Udaipur City Palace
Chandni Chowk Old Delhi from Jama Masjid
Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk is the old Delhi market area. This photo is of the edge of the market, which covers a large area, and is a maze of buildings and alleys.
Old Delhi from Jama Masjid
Old Delhi has buildings all crammed together.
Jama Masjid Diwali decorations
Jama Masjid
One of the largest mosques in India. The plaza can hold over 25,000 Muslims for Friday prayers.
Diwali decorations
The apartment next to Amit's in the Vasant Kunj colony of Delhi decorated with flowers, "Christmas" lights, and candles.
Bahai temple Rural Indian woman
Bahai temple
The Bahai temple architecture is modelled after the lotus flower. It was built in the early 1980s.
Rural Indian woman
I visited a farm near Jodhpur. The woman paused while separating grain from the stalk for this picture.
Cows tethered at rural farm Jain temple, Ranakpur
Cows tethered at rural farm
Near Jodhpur.
Jain temple, Ranakpur
The entrance to the Jain temple near Ranakpur.
Carved figure insided Jain temple Agra fort
Carved figure insided Jain temple
Agra fort
Public audience hall at Agra fort
Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri
I forget what this pool and platform were used for