S: JOURNEY THROUGH INDIA
1: 2005 and 2009 Agra Bikaner Cochin Delhi Deogarh Jaipur Jaisalmer Jodhpur Mandawa Mumbai Osian Samode Udaipur | I N D I A
4: Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Qila is one of the largest forts in the world. Built in 1156 AD by Bhati ruler Rawal Jaisal it stands high and mighty amid the golden sands of the Thar Desert on Trikuta Hill, which has been the site of many battles. It's massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny color in the day, and fades to honey-gold when the sun sets, camouflaging the fort completely among the sands of the desert... 2009 Marg & I stayed in a wonderful little guest house 'Killa Bhawan, located within the fort walls, stunning setting and incredible sweeping views as far as you could see..far left little juliet balcony was Marg's room....magic !
6: Killa Bhawan Guest House... my room # 9 and view.. bottom right, Marg's room ' The Honeymoon Suite'
16: Jaisalmer, the school Marg works for in Sydney generously donated, books & school supplies to 'Little Hearts School' an amazing visit, touched our hearts. No heating, no electrical lighting. Our visit made the local newspaper
19: beautiful, exquisitely carved sandstone entrance known as Tilon-ki-Pol opens to the lake. | Gadi Sagar, a man made reservoir built in 1156 AD
20: MUMBAI | Taj Palace Hotel
22: Mumbai University
24: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, earlier known as Victoria Terminus, modelled on St. Pancras Station in London.. now a listed Unesco heritage site .. opened in 1887. It is the busiest railway station in India
26: Mumbai's Outdoor Laundry " Dhobi Ghat "
27: 100's of dhobi wallah's standing knee deep in water, it is such a buzzy colourful scene
28: Mahatma Gandhi the Father of the Nation Visited Gandhi's Museum
30: Mumbai is famous for its dabbawalas — the hundreds of men who deliver lunch boxes (tiffins) of freshly cooked food from city workers' homes to their offices.
33: Crawford Markets - 1871 a blend of Norman & Flemish architecture the beautiful frieze over the doorway depicts Indian Peasants in wheat fields. It was designed by Lockwood Kipling, father of the famous novelist Rudyard Kipling. The amazing array of colours of fruit & vegetable are a feast to the senses..buzzing and jostling with daily life, a fantastic market experience !
34: Mumbai street scenes
42: Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji Jain Temple Malabar Hills built 1904
46: U D A I P U R | Room 110
52: 2005... Glenys & I stayed at the magical Taj Lake Palace Hotel, originally used as the summer residence of former Rulers..we felt like Princesses !!! Lake Pichola had totally dried up, so instead of going for the usual tourist boat ride we were treated to a royal festival..with all the trimmings ..including a fabulous camel ride to an outer building for a sunset concert.. a night to remember
53: Much to our amusement the Bagpipe Band would assemble and perform everytime we travelled back to the Taj Lake Palace .. it was amazing..we felt like royalty...but so very odd
54: Beautiful 'City Palace' - 1559 it is the largest Royal complex in Rajasthan and today is still the home to the current Maharana
55: Udaipur City Palace left: inside the Palace a collection of beautiful bird cages
60: The famous street in Udaipur where the James Bond movie 'Octopussy' was filmed
64: Udaipur Garden of the Maidens Sahelion Ki Bari
65: Shiva or Eklingi Temple ( Udaipur District) Started in 971, the beautiful complex includes 108 temples within its high walls. No photos were allowed inside..we were lucky to be there while a special Holy man was visiting
68: Jain Temple at Ranakpur -1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail support the temple and no two pillars are the same.
70: 1 km from Eklingji. Nagda town is famous for its Sas-bahu and Adbudji temples. 10th century. The Sas-Bahu Temple is widely known for its exquisite stone carvings, which are related to incidents in the great Indian epic the Ramayana Also commonly known as the Mother-in-law & Daughter-in-law temples
71: One of the many very rural villages we drove through on the way to Ranakpur .. our driver got incredibly lost turning a normal 3hr pleasant drive into a 5hr drama !
72: The Highways and Byways of India Travelling through India was definitely a hair raising adventure at times .. !!
73: Talisman...good luck decoration on the front of our drivers car... we wondered if it was an omen !!
74: Everyday life seen as we travelled through India by Car
76: Taj Mahal
77: 2005: Visited the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunrise..it was breath takingly beautiful as it slowly and softly came to life, the rising sun & mist giving it a delicate pink touch..we were the only visitors, standing there in total awe you could hear a pin drop it was so incredibly quiet .. an experience I will never forget
78: AGRA Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument the Red Fort of Agra. The large silver pot was one of a pair that was used to store 'Ganesh water' and food when the Maharaja went to England
79: FATEHPUR SIKRI | Built during the 16th century for the Emperor Akbar, this was the Capital of the Mughal Empire for approx. 10years. The complex of momuments and temples in uniform architecture style, includes one of the largest Mosques in India.. the Jama Masjid. The site was abandoned because the water supply failed
84: "Everybody lives by selling something"
86: Mandawa Castle Hotel
87: Early morning departure from Mandawa - a 6hr drive to Delhi
88: This text was written on the back of the painting to the left. The paper, so fine and fragile almost transparent
89: The Imperial Hotel rm #151
90: The Ba'hai temple in New Delhi, popularly known as the Lotus Temple. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent
91: Humayun's Tomb - New Delhi | UNESCO site, The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 AD. It was the first garden-tomb to be built
92: Lodhi Gardens, a beautiful green oasis in the middle of Delhi, 90 acres with magnificent 15th century tombs & Mausoleums
95: Private School Transport - New Delhi
96: Goats for sale on the streets of Delhi !! Their horns are painted different colours to distingush between the sellers
98: Deogarh Mahal Palace as we entered the Palace we were sprinkled with rose petals from a balcony above the entry.. a royal welcome ! Rm 206
99: Deogarh: woke to the most magical misty very cool morning, wrapped ourselves in blankets and went out exploring the Palace, just beautiful and such fun
100: 10th Jan '09 We had an overnight stop in Deogarh and an early start the next morning..it was wonderful to watch the little village and locals come to life and go about their daily routine
103: Ratan Vilas.. Jodhpur
104: above: Jaswant Thada mausoleum left: Mehrangarh Fort below: view of Jodhpur from the fort - the Blue City
105: 12th Jan '09 Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort is the largest fort in Rajasthan founded in 1458
109: Jodhpur: Buying a 'Dhurrie' from Rooj an amazing man, who has set up a Co-op for his village hand looming the most beautiful rugs, he realised they were being exploited by overseas traders and being paid a pittance for their work
110: Camel Camp: Tent no: 204, what an amazing sight facing out to the small sand dunes and beyond to a little 'Bishnoi' compound. We fell in love with our accommodation a Tent so beautiful, lined with soft buttery yellow cotton with relief of block print design, wonderful colonial furniture..even hot water bottles in our bed at night.. | O S I A N
114: Osian Sachiya Mata - The mother goddess temple built approx 1187. The entry has a series of beautiful silver arches that you walk under to enter the temple
115: Having fun in the local post office buying stamps, everyone joined in, it was a riot
118: A Gypsy women and her children moving camp
119: Above.. Beautiful stone arched ruins. In the days of the Maharajas, important people visiting were greeted from these arches by a fanfare of trumpets and a shower of flower petals Below.. A deserted Palace 'Jai Mahal' nicknamed 'The Mosquito Palace'
120: Laxmi Niwas Palace Hotel - 1902 | Bikaner
123: Indian fast food...take away, smelt delicious not game enough to try it !
126: The Pink City... Palace of the Winds built by Maharaja Pratap Singh 1799, the structure of the walls are apparently only 6inches in depth and it has 953 small intricate windows | JAIPUR
127: JAIPUR Magnificent Amber Fort - 1592 we rode up the steep winding track by Elephant
129: The interior of the Amber Fort was breathtakingly beautiful. Every room seemed more opulent than the previous. The intricate inlaid work was absolutely stunning.
133: The City Palace was built between 1729 and 1732 is now a Museum .. part of it is still used as a Royal Residence The Tripolia entry gate is reserved for the Royal Family. Visitors enter via the Atish Pol (Stable Gate).
134: The famous ancient art of Miniature painting, incredible detail the work is so fine that you need a magnifying glass to see it .. all painted with one eye profile
135: Samode Palace Hotel : initially built in the sixteenth century as a Rajput fort, but in early 19th century, under the nobleman Rawal Berisal, it was converted from a fort into an exquisitely designed palace in Rajput and Muslim architectural style
136: A beautiful Samode village girl with her basket of goods for sale... going from door to door. Gleny's & I stayed here in January 2005, it was a public holiday, festive atmosphere in the air as the children flew their little kites from the roof tops... we were invited to join in the fun, almost dragged off the street, through the house and up to the top.. there is definitely an art in kite flying !!
137: Village of Samode : 475 years old the house with frescoes painted outside was once the home of the village tax collector in days gone by
138: 2005 Chinese fishing nets along the the tip of Port Cochin | C O C H I N
139: Ferry and Terminal at Willington Island. The Ferry we travelled on from the City back to the Island, much to the bemusement of fellow travellers
140: Cochin - Jew Town Jewish Synagogue built 568, magnificent 1100 blue & white floor tiles Willow pattern hand painted in Canton & laid 1762
144: Had a fun afternoon shopping in Cochin, spent hours in a most fantastic fabric shop. it was an Aladdin's Cave, a cacophony of bright, luxurious colours, we sat and watched brides - to -be and their entire family choosing the fabric for the many outfits to be made. Men sitting in the back row sipped tea as they patiently watched the endless fashion parade of the bride being swathed and draped in the most exquisite silk that sparkled like jewels
145: Outside wall of house painted blue with heart decorations signifies a newly wed couple
147: Kathputi Dolls
153: Incredibly bright and happy .. beautifully painted & decorated doorways to village homes