Our visit to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in November 2015
1 Maiden's Hotel, Delhi - front and main entrance. Built in 1903 during the reign of Queen Victoria.
2 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.
3 Humayun's Tomb.
4 Humayun's Tomb.
5 Sunday morning street market scene in Delhi.
6 Dilapidated streets and stores in Delhi.
7 Fantastic electricity cabling work! Power cuts in India happened frequently in the hotels we stayed at.
8 The place where Mahatmah Gandhi's funeral pyre took place in 1947, following his assassination. India gained its independence the following year.
9 India Gate, a tribute to all those nationals who lost their lives in wars between 1914 and 1921.
10 India Gate.
11 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.
12 Quwwat-ul-islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India, and sited next to the Qutab Minar.
13 Quwwat-ul-islam Mosque.
14 Intricate carving at the Quwwat-ul-islam Mosque.
15 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.
16 The instantly-recognisable Taj Mahal - a monument built on love.
17 Trevor in front of the Taj Mahal.
18 Taj Mahal.
19 Taj Mahal.
20 Close-up of the main part of the Taj Mahal.
21 An Indian palm squirrel. These little creatures are seen everywhere.
22 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.
23 Cart pulled by two oxen.
24 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.
25 One of the doormen at the Trident Hotel, Agra, in traditional dress.
26 Agra Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site built in the 11th century.
27 Marble work inside the Agra Fort.
28 Agra Fort.
29 Chaotic and typical Indian street scene.
30 Fatehpur Sikri.
31 Fatehpur Sikri.
32 Platform 3 at Bharatpur Junction railway station, where we waited for the train to Sawai Madhopur, our gateway to Ranthambhore.
33 Bharatpur Junction railway station.
34 Is this Birmingham Moo Street? :-)
Stray cows roamed around everywhere in India and could be seen foraging in the rubbish in the streets.
35 One of the entrances into the famous Ranthambhore National Park.
36 Monkeys and white-spotted deer.
37 White spotted-stag. Only the males have antlers.
38 Banyan tree.
39 Sambhar deer in the forest.
40 Male leopard in the forest. We were incredibly lucky to see this elusive animal.
41 Our canter, the vehicle that took us on three safaris in the national park.
43 White egret in the reeds at one of the lakes in the park.
44 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.
45 Bengal Tiger. Many thanks to fellow traveller JOAN DANN for this photo.
46 Bengal Tiger as viewed from our canter. Many thanks to JOAN DANN for this photo.
47 Camel with an interesting haircut. :-)
48 It was not uncommon to see decorated camels around the streets.
49 Amer (or Amber) fort, Jaipur.
50 Main square in Amer Fort, Jaipur.
51 Lavishly decorated Amer Palace, Jaipur.
52 A close up of the fabulous marble inlay work.
53 Elephants carry their passengers up to the Amer Fort.
54 Maota Lake and Gardens, Amer Fort.
55 Sheesh Mahal, or "mirror palace", Amer Fort.
56 Mirrored inlay at the Sheesh Mahal.
57 Marble relief carving.
58 The "Palace of Winds" at Jaipur.
59 "The Good Shepherd" embroidered by textile artist Padmashri Shams. The work measures 99”x75” and took 18 years to complete.