Saturday, December 23, 2006

Mumbai, Mathura, Agra, and Delhi

The Gate of India in Mumbai.

The Taj Majal Hotel in Mumbai. An Indian man built this after he was turned away from the swankiest British hotel. He vowed to build a hotel so luxurious magnificent it would drive them out of business.

Shiva, performing the dance of creation on one of the smaller panels in the temple on Elephanta island.

I found some friends on the island.

The photo that set the guards at the Mathura train station off - it may look puny in this shot but this tank was enormous. It was part of a long train of military trucks and equipment.

Our first glimpse of the Taj Majal through it's grand entrance gate.

Around the grounds of the Taj Majal.

This is one of two buildings flanking the Taj. It was built to maintain symmetry; It's copy on the other side is a mosque.

A woman having formal portraits taken at the Taj.

Another friend!

The sun was setting as we visited Agra Fort, near the Taj Majal.

The stunning lotus shaped Bahá'í temple in Delhi was set among nine beautiful pools and allowed only silent prayer and meditation.

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