Monday, February 11, 2013

More India pics: Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, and the pink city

Of course, a first trip to India would not be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal. We had heard that it truly lives up to expectations, and indeed it did. I can see why it is called one of the modern wonders of the world.

Of course, a trip to India would also not be complete without a visit to an "authentic marble workshop" for a high pressure sales pitch of souvenirs similar to the Taj Mahal. In truth, they were very beautiful pieces, but we just weren't interested and managed to make our way out of there without buying anything.

After touring Agra and the Taj Mahal, we set out to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan. It is sometimes called "the pink city" because the old parts of it are all built from reddish-pink stone (and repainted to be even pinker when the Prince of Wales came to visit in the late 1800s). We found Jaipur to be a very beautiful city, set into mountains and with a less chaotic character than Delhi. We also visited some wonderful sites there, but the pictures from most of those will be in another post.

For now, you can see a slideshow of pictures below, or click here to view the album.

1 comment:

  1. Really cool, the TM looks like something out of a fairy tale or Disney!!

    How come I couldn't post a comment on the album?