2015 - India's Golden Triangle

Our visit to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in November 2015
1 maidens hotel delhi  Maiden's Hotel, Delhi - front and main entrance.  Built in 1903 during the reign of Queen Victoria. 2 humayuns tomb  Humayun's Tomb and Mausoleum, Delhi.  Humayun’s tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and was commissioned by Humayun’s first wife Bega Begum in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum. 3a humayuns tomb  Humayun's Tomb. 3 humayuns tomb  Humayun's Tomb.
4 delhi street scene  Sunday morning street market scene in Delhi. 5 delhi street scene  Dilapidated streets and stores in Delhi. 6 electric cables  Fantastic electricity cabling work!  Power cuts in India happened frequently in the hotels we stayed at. 7 raj ghat  The place where Mahatmah Gandhi's funeral pyre took place in 1947, following his assassination.  India gained its independence the following year.
8 india gate  India Gate, a tribute to all those nationals who lost their lives in wars between 1914 and 1921. 9 india gate  India Gate. 10 qutab minar  Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 metre-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. 11 quwwat-ul-islam  Quwwat-ul-islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India, and sited next to the Qutab Minar.
12 quwwat-ul-islam  Quwwat-ul-islam Mosque. 13 quwwat-ul-islam relief work  Intricate carving at the Quwwat-ul-islam Mosque. 13 taj mahal  The inimitable Taj Mahal.  The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife of three, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth after her 14th child. 14 taj mahal  The instantly-recognisable Taj Mahal - a monument built on love.
15 trevor at the taj  Trevor in front of the Taj Mahal. 16 taj mahal  Taj Mahal. 17 taj mahal  Taj Mahal. 18 taj mahal  Close-up of the main part of the Taj Mahal.
19 indian palm squirrel  An Indian palm squirrel.  These little creatures are seen everywhere. 20 adopted indian family  Trevor "adopted" by an Indian family.  It was very common for the locals to ask to be photographed with white Westerners such as we are. 21 oxen  Cart pulled by two oxen. 22 stonecutters  Stone cutters shaping intricate semi-precious stones on hand-driven millstones, ready for inlay into white marble to form table tops and other household items.
23 agra trident doorman  One of the doormen at the Trident Hotel, Agra, in traditional dress. 24 agra fort  Agra Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site built in the 11th century. 25 inside agra fort  Marble work inside the Agra Fort. 26 agra fort  Agra Fort.
27 chaotic street scene  Chaotic and typical Indian street scene. 28 fatehpur sikri  Fatehpur Sikri. 29 fatehpur sikri  Fatehpur Sikri. 30 Bharatpur Junction  Platform 3 at Bharatpur Junction railway station, where we waited for the train to Sawai Madhopur, our gateway to Ranthambhore.
31 bharatpur junction  Bharatpur Junction railway station. 32 cow at station  Is this Birmingham Moo Street?   :-) Stray cows roamed around everywhere in India and could be seen foraging in the rubbish in the streets. 33 ranthambhore  One of the entrances into the famous Ranthambhore National Park. 34 monkeys spotted deer  Monkeys and white-spotted deer.
35 spotted deer  White spotted-stag.  Only the males have antlers. 36 banyan tree  Banyan tree. 37 sambhar deer  Sambhar deer in the forest. 38 leopard  Male leopard in the forest.  We were incredibly lucky to see this elusive animal.
39 our canter  Our canter, the vehicle that took us on three safaris in the national park. 40 warthog  Warthog. 41 white egret  White egret in the reeds at one of the lakes in the park. 42 bengal tiger  Royal Bengal Tiger - oh wow!!  How privileged were we to see this?  The photo doesn't really do it justice, to see a real live wild tiger with your own eyes in completely amazing.
p1010038  Bengal Tiger.  Many thanks to fellow traveller JOAN DANN for this photo. p1010029  Bengal Tiger as viewed from our canter.  Many thanks to JOAN DANN for this photo. 43 camel  Camel with an interesting haircut.  :-) 44 decorated camel  It was not uncommon to see decorated camels around the streets.
45 amer fort  Amer (or Amber) fort, Jaipur. 46 amer fort  Main square in Amer Fort, Jaipur. 47 amer palace  Lavishly decorated Amer Palace, Jaipur. 48 amer palace detail  A close up of the fabulous marble inlay work.
49 elephants amer fort  Elephants carry their passengers up to the Amer Fort. 50 maota lake  Maota Lake and Gardens, Amer Fort. 51 sheesh mahal  Sheesh Mahal, or "mirror palace", Amer Fort. 52 sheesh mahal  Mirrored inlay at the Sheesh Mahal.
53 magic flower fresco  Marble relief carving. 54 hawa mahal  The "Palace of Winds" at Jaipur. 55 good shepherd  "The Good Shepherd" embroidered by textile artist Padmashri Shams.  The work measures 99”x75” and took 18 years to complete.