My Excellent Trip to India by Arjun Bahl Preliminaries Length of our trip 24 days (Dec. 29, 2001 – Jan. 21, 2002) Cities visited New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra Money spent Approximately $5000, not counting shopping Pictures taken 84, all digital (presentation contains subset of these)
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- 6801 people / Km
Summers are hot!
Max: 104o F; Min:79o F
Winters are nice
Max: 72oF; Min: 47oF
Barely any rainfall
64 cms. Average per year
English, Hindi & Rajastani
Jaipur is known for its forts,
palaces, architectural marvels
and tales of valor.
Chess is played by royalty in India
Our Palace - Jaimahal Hotel
Harry Potter…move over
Traditional Rajastani Costumes
Entrance to City Palace
Rajasthani puppet show
Jal Mahal - abandoned
Biggest single piece of silver
(to carry waters from the Ganges)
Scooters in the Pink City
Cows share the road with BMWs
Monkeys are everywhere
Small Sun Dial: resolution 20 seconds
Large Sun Dial: resolution 2 seconds
Group of 12 instruments which
represent 12 Rashis or Zodiac
signs. The instruments are used
for observing latitudes and longitudes
of the sun and the planets.
Jaipur is a big exporter of silk carpets.
Here the owner is demonstrating how
carpets are tested for purity. Silk
will not burn but wool will
Testing for purity in a silk carpet
Getting there was half the fun
Cost of ride was Rs. 10 (or 25 cents)
Each mini tower represents a year – took 22 years to build
A symbol of undying love for a wife
What’s so special about it?
my sister just didn’t get it
Sitting with my uncle inside the Taj
Originally 2 were planned, one white, one black, but only one was completed.
It took 20,000 workers 22 years to build this marble wonder
It is the tomb of Emperor Shahjahan and his wife Mumtaz
My Mom thinks I am taking her picture
A place of worship in the complex
My dad is 6’ 2”
Look ma, I am taller than this man!
Showing my dad how to shoot
(Internet access for cows!)