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Travel Pictures - INDIA (North) - 1999

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       Additional India photos from the northern half of the country include photos of Gandhi's ashram, Varanasi, Delhi, Agra, and Rajasthan. At the bottom of the page is a link to more photos of India including the Himalayas and Amritsar.

This group meditation area sits adjacent to a venerated tree planted by Gandhi. The spiritual retreat was founded by Mahatma Gandhi
in 1936 as a model for the rest of India. It is simple, basic, and self-sufficient in accordance with his philosophy. The grounds cover
several acres with traditional dwellings and gardens; together they provide a haven of tranquility from the hectic Indian cities -
Sevagram Ashram, India
All visitors to Gandhi's ashram eat with their hands while seated on the floor. I actually could not sit comfortably in that position
long enough to enjoy a meal. One of the attendees noticed my discomfort and brought me a stool to sit on. However, seated
head and shoulders above everyone else on the floor only made me more uncomfortable! -
Sevagram Ashram, India
Everyone at the ashram is responsible for washing their own dishes ... using only ashes. The ashes contain grit which helps to
scour while cleaning. In addition, ashes (especially from hardwoods) contain lye - traditionally used to make soap! -
Sevagram Ashram, India
Varanasi, said to be India's holiest city, rests on the Ganges, India's holiest river. Pilgrims come from all over India to
bathe in the sewer - I mean, river. If there is anything in India deserving of the label "Untouchable," it just might be
the polluted water of the Ganges. Here is a river view of morning bathers -
Varanasi, India
Ritual bathers cleansing themselves of impurities in the polluted Ganges? More than a million pilgrims visit this city each year -
Varanasi, India
Floating upon the "Untouchable" Ganges. This young boy was confused when I asked to take the helm and row the boat.
I simply sought the opportunity to row on the Ganges but, to him, it was as if I voluntarily assumed a lower caste -
Varanasi, India
In India, the streets are typically converted into flea markets, selling everything but a place to walk. Often, the sidewalks are reserved
for vendors' stalls, peddlers, and beggars; meanwhile, pedestrians must walk in the streets congested with bicycles and rickshaws.
Automobiles are forced to make their way through the crowded streets like elephants in a flea market, and the drivers must
continually sound their horns even though they have the ultimate right of way - that is, of course, after the cows! -
Varanasi, India
The cows have the ultimate right-of-way in India. This particular cow stood at this exact point for more than an hour -
Varanasi, India
The India Gate war memorial commemorates the members of the British Indian Army
who lost their lives in World War I and the Afghan Wars -
New Delhi, India
Morning exercises -
Old Delhi, India
Towering 239 feet high, the Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world -
Delhi, India
Completed in 1368, the Qutub Minar is a classic example of Indo-Islamic architecture.
Just another of the amazing man-made constructions in India -
Delhi, India
When they build a fort in India, they really build a fort. Historically, this walled, palatial city was the most important fort in India.
Constructed of red sandstone, the massive structure has double ramparts and walls towering 70 feet. The Agra Fort was
completed in 1573 with an army of laborers (1.4 million) during an eight year period -
Agra Fort; Agra, India
Due to pollution, the Yamuna River was recently declared to be "incapable of supporting any life form" -
Itmad Ud Daulah's Mausoleum; Agra, India
The view from the Agra Fort looking toward the Taj Mahal. There are many fairy-tale palaces within the moat and 2-1/2 kilometers of wall that encircle the massive structure -
Agra, India
Taj Mahal -
Agra, India
Worth a second look; Taj Mahal -
Agra, India
Close-up of the intricate detailing -
Taj Mahal; Agra, India
These incredible structures were completed in 1571 and abandoned 14 years later -
Fatepur Sikri, India
A life-sized house of cards -
Fatepur Sikri, India
Striking interior of one of several abandoned temples -
Fatepur Sikri, India
Rajasthan's "pink city" -
Jaipur, India
Sunset over the pink city -
Jaipur, India
When children build their sandcastles, they must be envisioning something like this -
Amber, India
Temple in the old city -
Amber, India
Monkey see, monkey view -
Amber, India
View of Amber Palace and the walled city of Amber from Jaigarh Fort -
Amber, India
Elephants returning home after a hard day of work hauling tourists -
near Amber, India
Marching up the steep cobblestone road to Amber Palace -
Amber, India
Tourists can't escape the peddlers even on top of an elephant! -
Palace entrance; Amber, India
Inside the Amber Palace -
Amber, India
Elephant station -
Amber Palace, India
Some of the residents of this palace have tails -
Amber, India
Monkeys at Moata Lake -
Amber, India
The elephants get a bath after a hard day of work -
Amber, India
A little more to the right, please -
Amber, India
Elephants are proficient swimmers and use their trunks like snorkels -
Moata Lake; Amber, India
Snake charmers -
Jaipur, India
The commanding cliff-top Mehrangarh Fort towers over the blue city -
Jodhpur, India
City square and clock tower -
Jodhpur, India
City square and clock tower -
Jodhpur, India
Looking down from the ramparts to the clock tower -
Jodhpur, India
Another view of the city awash in blue -
Jodhpur, India
The lovely marble cenotaph Jaswant Thada, with the maharaja's palace Umaid Bhawan in the distance -
Jodhpur, India
I wonder why Jodhpur is referred to as the blue city? -
Jodhpur, India
Once again, cows have the ultimate right of way -
Jodhpur, India
The golden city at the edge of civilization -
Jaisalmer, India
Jaisalmer's stunning hilltop fortress -
Jaisalmer, India
Approaching the ramparts to the hilltop city -
Jaisalmer, India
The rook piece has jumped off the chess board and sprung to life -
Jaisalmer, India
Kite flying on the rooftops of Jaisalmer's golden fortress -
Jaisalmer, India
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