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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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  • 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)
new delhi india
New Delhi, India
  • Capital of India
  • Home base for us (grandparents house)
  • Multiethnic city, population: 10 million

- 6801 people / Km

  • Common languages: Hindi, Punjabi, English
  • Religions: Hinduism, Muslim, Sikhism, Christianity
sights from delhi
Sights from Delhi

Lotus Temple

India Gate

Himayun Tomb

Hindu Temple

Jantar Mantar

Red Fort

New Delhi


jaipur rajastan
Jaipur, Rajastan

Hava Mahal

(Wind Palace)

  • Conceived by Sawai Jai Singh in 1727
  • First planned city in northern India
  • Capital of Rajastan
  • Known as the “Pink City”
  • Population:
  • Climate

Summers are hot!

Max: 104o F; Min:79o F

Winters are nice

Max: 72oF; Min: 47oF

Barely any rainfall

64 cms. Average per year

  • Languages

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

(Water Palace)

Biggest single piece of silver

(to carry waters from the Ganges)

jaipur sights
Jaipur Sights

Elephant ride

Scooters in the Pink City

Cows share the road with BMWs

Monkeys are everywhere

science in jaipur
Science in Jaipur

Small Sun Dial: resolution 20 seconds

  • Jantar Mantar: center of astronomical studies.
  • Built by founder of Jaipur – Sawai Jai Singh in 1727
  • Largest of the 6 observatories built.
  • Sun Dial: Triangle with hypotenuse at 27o = latitude of Jaipur. Measures the declination of celestial bodies


help me


Large Sun Dial: resolution 2 seconds

science in jaipur10
Science in Jaipur

Zodiac Signs

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


New Delhi


Testing for purity in a silk carpet

agra the home of the taj
Agra: The home of the Taj

Getting there was half the fun

Way cool!!

Cost of ride was Rs. 10 (or 25 cents)

entrance to the taj
Entrance to the Taj

Each mini tower represents a year – took 22 years to build

the taj mahal
The Taj Mahal

A symbol of undying love for a wife

the taj mahal agra
The Taj Mahal, Agra

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

New Delhi


the qutab minar new delhi
The Qutab Minar, New Delhi
  • Built: 1199 A.D. by Qutub-Ud-Din Albak
  • Afghan architecture
  • Height: 230 feet
  • Fun facts:
    • 20 years to complete
    • Highest stone tower in India
    • Surrounded by Tombs
    • Major tourist attraction
    • Built to mark Muslim dominance in Delhi

My Mom thinks I am taking her picture 

the qutab minar
The Qutab Minar

A place of worship in the complex

My dad is 6’ 2”

we did some fun things
We did some fun things

Look ma, I am taller than this man!

Showing my dad how to shoot

india a country for everyone
India: A country for everyone


(Internet access for cows!)