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2: Qutb Minar New Delhi Muslim victory tower, 1193 Highest single tower in India Site of first Muslim kingdom in North India (UNESCO World Heritage Monument)

3: 4th Century Iron Pillar to Vishnu | Mosque

4: India Gate New Delhi Commemorating Indian & British soldiers who died in battle in World War I and subsequent regional struggles | Government buildings New Delhi

5: Jami Masjid New Delhi India's largest mosque, 1656 I was "given" a frock to wear upon entry despite head scarf and full coverage attire

6: Humayun's Tomb New Delhi 1565 for 2nd Mughal emperor A class of young Indian boys found me fascinating and took photos with me.

8: Painted Havelis Mandawa I stayed at Castle Mandawa, a fort converted into a heritage hotel

10: Junagarh Fort Bikaner 1587 - 1800

11: I stayed at Hotel Lallgarh Palace, 1915 (not shown)

12: Jain Temple Bikaner 1514

15: Jaisalmer Fort The Golden City capital in 1156 1000s of residents make it India's only living fort

16: Jain Temples Jaisalmer 15th & 16th centuries

18: Haveli Jaisalmer 19th century carved sandstone

19: Royal Cenotaphs Bada Bagh

20: Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur 15th - 19th centuries | Enter via ramps with sharp turns to prevent elephants from gaining enough momentum to break open the gates

24: Jaswant Thada Jodhpur 19th century Cenotaph of Maharajah

25: Market Jodhpur Observatory Mount Abu View from Sunset Point

26: Monkeys road to Mount Abu but they appeared in many areas, cities too. the spectacular Dilwara Jain Temples that were the reason for the trip forbade all photography

27: Outlying temple Ranakpur

29: Adinath Temple Ranakpur 15th century Jain Temple contains 1,444 carved pillars

31: The flags indicate that this is an active temple

32: Jagdish Mandir Udaipur 17th c Temple to Vishnu

33: City Palace Udaipur 16th - 20th centuries largest palace complex in Rajasthan w/ Rajput military architecture & Mughal decoration Ganesh Entrance

34: An old man at Jagdish Mandir had tied a string around my wrist and put the bindi on my forehead.

36: City Palace Udaipur from lake and from hotel rooftop pool

37: Lake Palace Hotel Udaipur, 18th century royal summer retreat from City Palace & lake | Jag Mandir Udaipur, 1620 Shah Jahan lived here while rebelling against his father

38: Rana Kumbha Palace Chittaurgarh 15th century earliest surviving Rajput palace

39: Meerabai Krishna temple 14th c Kumbha Shyam Vishnu Temple 15th c Chittaurgarh

40: Victory Tower Chittaurgarh, 15th century I climbed to the top; it got pitch black at one point.

42: Tower of Fame & nearby temple Chittaurgarh 12th century

43: Taragarh Fort Bundi, 14th century

44: Garh Palace in Taragarh Fort Bundi 16th - 18th century

46: Nahargarh Fort w/ Palace & Step Well

47: Palace of Winds, Jaipur 1799 Water Palace, Jaipur 18th c

48: Jantar Mantar Observatory Jaipur 1730

49: I am standing next to the Capricorn piece of a giant instrument used to draw up horoscopes, the only one of its kind.

50: City Palace Jaipur Home to the rulers of Jaipur since the first half of the 18th century

51: The palace above had a beautiful collection of royal costumes, but forbade photography. | The courtyard contains four peacock doorways, each representing a different season. Peacocks are the national bird and I saw many in the wild.

52: Amber Fort, 17th century overlooked by Jaigarh Fort

56: Fatehpur Sikri Mughal capital 1571

58: Jami Masjid Mosque Fatehpur Sikri 16th century gateway & royal gateway

59: Agra Fort, 16th c

60: Agra Fort interior

62: Emperor's audience hall | Shah Jahan's prison overlooking his Taj Mahal | Agra Fort

63: Ladies' Mosque for the harem | Pietra Dura carvings

64: Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah Agra, 1628 He was Lord Treasurer of the Mughal empire, but it was built by his daughter, the favorite wife of Jahangir.

65: View of Taj Mahal from across river | This pietra dura carving is much more impressive than that on the later Taj Mahal since it is much more intricate and plentiful.

66: Stupid I know, but the guide made me do it... and there were dozens of other tourists doing it too! | Entry gate

67: Taj Mahal Agra, 1643

68: I saw the fountains running briefly, and they were beautiful, but they are only on intermittently to conserve water... I didn't get a photo.

69: Mosque at Taj Mahal Agra | Or actually this is the mirror image building put there to preserve the symmetry of everything... convenient for us non-Muslim tourists.

70: Taj Mahal Details verses from Koran & screen around tombs

71: Tomb of Third Mughal Emperor Akbar The Great Sikandra, 1613

72: Absence of human or animal decorative elements indicates a Muslim monument. | Swastikas appear all over India and no two guides gave the same explanation for what the symbol means to them.

75: Man Mandir Palace Gwalior Fort 15th century

76: Teli Ka Mandir Vishnu Temple Gwalior 9th century

77: Saas Bahu Vishnu Temples Gwalior 11th century

78: Colossal Jain Sculptures Carved into hillside Gwalior 7th - 15th c

79: Jahangir Palace Orchha, 1626

80: Raj Mahal Orchha, 1560 | Chaturbhuj Temple

82: Lakshmi Naryan Temple Orchha, 1622

83: Cenotaphs of Bundela Kings (and laundry) Orchha | Many of the ceiling paintings date to the British occupation and depict red coats in battle formation.

84: Khajuraho Western Group | Hindu Temples 9th - 10th c UNESCO World Heritage Site

85: These temples escaped the Muslims who defaced many other temples since they object to human and animal images.

87: Kandariya Mahadev Temple Khajuraho is famous for its Kama Sutra carvings

91: Eastern Group Jain Temples Khajuraho, 10th c

93: Market, Ghat & Aarti ceremony Varanasi

94: sunrise on Ganges River Varanasi

95: Crematoria run 24/7 since bathing or spreading your ashes in Ganges is thought to break the cycle of life & death so you may enter heaven

96: Varanasi ia filled with famous temples but you can't obtain access (or even a clear view) of any of them! Durga Temple | Giant Buddha Bodh Gaya

97: Miscellaneous modern Buddhist temples Bodh Gaya

99: Mahabodi Temple Where Prince Siddhartha became Buddha Bodh Gaya, 7th century, UNESCO World Heritage Site | Thousands of pilgims pray around the site. Priests dress Buddha in the sanctuary daily.

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