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National flag inside map of India
Bharat
The Republic of India
and the Indian subcontinent
Our November/December 2008 trip through one of the world's most fascinating countries!

 

 

Namasté!

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India is the seventh-largest country by geographical area (1,269,210 sq miles), making it about one-third the size of the United States. India is the world's largest democracy and is comprised of 28 states and seven union territories. At 1.2 Billion people it is second in population but expected to surpass China in the next decade or so.

India's culture is extraordinarily diverse with Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism having originated there. Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived there, during the first millennium CE, each shaping Indian culture even further. India's population breaks-down as follows; Over 80% Hindu, followed by 14% (over 150 million) Muslim, 2.3% Christian, and almost 2% Sikh - All of these diverse groups getting along quite well despite the terrorist attacks that took place in Mumbai while we were there (we were 500 miles away and unaffected at the time).

A big part of India's history includes the British East India Company's gradual annexation of the subcontinent during the 18th century with the United Kingdom colonizing India through the mid-nineteenth century. India, through nonviolent resistance, became an independent nation on August 15, 1947. Unfortunately, at that time, Muslim-majority areas were partitioned to form the separate state of Pakistan which later subdivided even further to create Bangladesh with state of Kashmir still in dispute.

Regardless of where we were, even during the time of the Mumbai tragedy, everyone treated us with dignity, respect, and even humor at times! Tami and I love India and hope to return there someday soon - we wish Indians the very best.

- Roger J. Wendell
  December, 2008

 

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People
People are always the best part of any travel experience. Like I mentioned above, the people of India always treated us really well wherever we were in their country. The children of India, especially, were the vibrant, adorable little ambassadors you'd expect them to be - I couldn't resist photographing each and every one of them! Finally, our traveling companions, drivers, trip leader, and various guides also made the trip special as well. Daisy (Padmaja Bharti), of OAT, made the trip extra special with her in-depth knowledge, deep love for her country, spontaneity, humor, and, most of all, patience!
Me and Narendra Sigh, Country Inn Suites, Jaipur, India, by Roger J. Wendell -  November 26, 2008
Me and Narendra Singh
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Kids and their cart
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
School boys
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Lorna & straw horse
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Peggy's block printing!
Tami's Palm Reader at the Jaypee, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Tami's palm reader
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Wedding procession/dancing
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Wedding procession/drummers
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Wedding procession
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Wedding procession
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Farmer's daughter
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Village road
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Daisy & the hawkers
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Children
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Children
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Children
Miscellaneous stuff throughout India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Sikh temple, New Delhi
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Traveling to a rally
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Children and water
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Children
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Gypsy dancer
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Gypsy children
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Gypsy children
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Young woman
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Village boys
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Near Geejgerh & Sikandra
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Near Geejgerh & Sikandra
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Near Geejgerh & Sikandra
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Government water pump
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Varanasi (kids posing for me)
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Near Ranthambhore NP
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Near Ranthambhore NP
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Near Ranthambhore NP
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Government water pump
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Varanasi Sadhu (ascetic)
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Varanasi Sadhu (ascetic)
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Varanasi Sadhu (ascetic)
Daisy at the entrance to Ranthambhore Fore, India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Common sidewalk fire
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Rajasthan desert
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Rajasthan desert
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Tourist restroom break
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Locals along highway
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Begging
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Begging
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Possible dementia
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Jaipur - Father and Son
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Jaipur - proud father
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Daisy (Padmaja Bharti)
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Amber Fort-Palace
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Beautiful women
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Tami
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
"Whole-ee" man
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Mom and kids
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Children
People during our trip to India, by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Me again
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Gandhi Ji

In the old part of Delhi is located "Raj Ghat," a beautifully serence monument on the bank ("Ghat") of the Yamuna River. This is where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, and now an impressive shrine to India's best-known statesman. Up close, like in most of India's Mosques, temples, monuments, and shrines visitors are asked to remove their shoes...
Raj Ghat, Final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi in old Delhi, India, on the bank of the Yamuna River by Roger J. Wendell - November 23, 2008
Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi
Raj Ghat, Final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi in old Delhi, India, on the bank of the Yamuna River by Roger J. Wendell - November 23, 2008
Long entrance
Raj Ghat, Final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi in old Delhi, India, on the bank of the Yamuna River by Roger J. Wendell - November 23, 2008
Up close
Raj Ghat, Final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi in old Delhi, India, on the bank of the Yamuna River by Roger J. Wendell - November 23, 2008
Me and Tami
Raj Ghat, Final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi in old Delhi, India, on the bank of the Yamuna River by Roger J. Wendell - November 23, 2008
Eternal flame
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Ganga Ma

Ganga Ma (Ganges River Mother) is truly the heart of India. Lucky for us, we had the opportunity to float the river at its most sacred place - Varanasi. 400 Million people live along the 2,510 kilometre (1,560 mile) length of the Ganges - from its headwaters in the Himalayas to its terminus in the Bay of Bengal.

Varanasi has hundreds of temples along the bank (Ghat) of the Ganges which often become flooded during the rains. Varanasi is an important place of worship in addition to serving as a cremation ground. Indian Mythology states that Ganga, daughter of Himavan, King of the Mountains, had the power to purify anything that touched her. According to myths, Ganga flowed from the heavens and purified the people of India. After a funeral, and before cremation, Indians often immerse the bodies of their dead in the Ganga, which is believed to purify them of their sins - I think this explains why we also saw so many families pouring Ganges water directly into the mouths of loved ones who'd passed. It may also explain why we saw so many people drinking the river's water as well...

Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Bathinig
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Bathinig
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Bathing
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Drinking the water...
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Varanasi
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
In mourning
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Cremation
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Cremation
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Greenpeace pollution protest
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Greenpeace pollution protest
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Maritime commerce
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Bird eating a cow
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Morning devotions
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Boats
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Varanasi
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Boats
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Varanasi
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Cows
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Resting...
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
High-water mark
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Varanasi
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Sunrise on the Ganges
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
National TV broadcast
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Varanasi
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Me and Tami
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Me and Peggy rowing
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Young monks' morning Yoga
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Sadhu (Hindu ascetic)
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Profesional clothes washing
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Evening Ganges ceremony
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
School girl sells offerings
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
She makes a sale!
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Marigold prayer Offering
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Tami makes an offering
Ganges River at Varanasi, India, by Roger J. Wendell - December 4th & 5th, 2008
Mary, Peggy & John offerings
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Holy Cow

Although in India the cow is considered sacred or holy it is mostly Aghanya - that which may not be slaughtered. In Hinduism later sects began to call the cow "the mother" and even wrote some questionable scripture to support this, but the actual reverence comes from the cow's potential to provide milk. This "milk-debt" was culturally a very strong more, and it was felt that it would not be fair to leave the cow out of its share of respect for contributing to everyone's health.

The Vedic period (when the scriptures were being written from about the second and first millennia BCE continuing up to the 6th century BCE) was a beef-eating one, and animals were constantly being slaughtered. With the birth of Jainism and Buddhism a cultural revolution took place transforming the country into a vegetarian state. The numerous pastoral tribes that inhabited India could not afford to sacrifice their cow wealth for meat - the real reason cows became Aghanya and inviolable.

Can you imagine being in a crowded market place and being politely nudged by a cow that's trying to pass? It happened to me, a couple of times, probably because I was standing around gawking too much - even for cows! Anyway, cows can be found anywhere throughout India - including inside of stores, shopping areas, temples, streets and everywhere else as evidenced by these photos. However, Delhi now forbids them in major parts of the city for obvious reasons - cows and multi-lane freeways just don't mix anymore!

The cows are fed by owners or by passersby wishing to make an offering. Oh, cow dung is collected, shaped into patties, and dried in the sun for use as a cooking fuel. The patties, when dried, don't emit any odor nor is there any smell when they're being burned.

The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Tami
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Me and Tami
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Street garbage
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Street offering
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
On the street
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
In a store
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
On the street
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
In a marketplace
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Cow dung pattie
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Cow dung pattie
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Stacked patties
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Stacked patties
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Dung drying in the sun
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Dung drying in the sun
The Holy Cow is everywhere in India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Dung drying in the sun
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Hinduism

Hinduism is the predominant religion of India and is known as "Sanatana Dharma" - a Sanskrit phrase meaning "the eternal law." Hinduism is the world's third largest religion after Christianity and Islam with approximately one billion adherents on the Indian subcontinent and southern Asia. Hinduism is considered the world's oldest living major religion with a belief system that varies widely by different groups of practitioners - ranging from pantheism, monotheism, to polytheism with Vishnu and Shiva being the most popular deities. Hinduism includes a belief in reincarnation and karma, as well as personal duty, or dharma.

Although we visited various temples photography isn't allowed so I didn't end with as many pictures of the beautiful statuary and other objects that I would have liked. The swastika is an ancient religious symbol found throughout all of India an Buddhism - even painted at the entrance of homes or on the front of a truck or Tuk Tuk. Unfortunately the Nazi's added a stigma to the symbol even though their's is usually represented at a different angle. Anyway, the Swastika is still displayed with reverence throughout India - we've seen it painted at entrances, on vehicles, and in various religious settings.

Not to dwell on the sensational but I did ask if Indians were aware that their symbol, the Swastika, had been abused by the Nazis. Yes, Indians are aware of the abuse but point out that the Nazi's use of the symbol usually points in a different direction and is rotated somewhat. Either way, the Swastika brings Indians peace and protection and we, as visitors, grew accustomed to seeing it everywhere.

In Jaipur we enjoyed an evening service at a large, famous, and expensive Hindu temple (its name escapes me at this time...) in a very busy district. It was a lovely, moving service that was very welcoming despite our tourist status! At its conclusion, we were also allowed to participate in communion - sweet little sugary crystals handed to me by the priest.

Hinduism throughout India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Hindu temple
Hinduism throughout India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Swastika
Hinduism throughout India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Swastika
Hinduism throughout India by Roger J. Wendell - November/December 2008
Low door for bowing
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Buddhism

The learning center of Sarnath, at Varanasi, is where Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha, or "awakended one") preached his first sermon to his disciples (as portrayed in Bernardo Bertolucci's film, Little Buddha). We felt fortunate to visit and walk the grounds where Buddha preached 2,400 years ago!
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Ancient ruins at Sarnath
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Ancient ruins at Sarnath
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Stupa
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Stupa
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Ancient ruins
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Me
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Daisy (Padmaja Bharti)
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Ancient ruins
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Gold leaf
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Sarnath
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Sarnath
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Prayer flags and messages
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Candles
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Buddha preaching
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Prayer flags and messages
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Bell and the Bodhi Tree
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Bodhi Tree at Sarnath
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Sarnath
Buddism at the Sarnath learning center, Varanasi, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 05, 2008
Daisy "unties the knot..."
The Bodhi Tree of Sarnath (above) is planted from a sapling taken from the Sri Maha Bodhi tree of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. The sapling was planted on 12 November 1931 by the venerable Sri Devamitta Dhammapala, founder of Maha Bodhi Society of India, to mark the opening of the Mulagandha Kuty Vihara.

Yellow Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for a photograph of the four leaves Tami picked from the sidewalk beneath the Bodhi Tree at Sarnath...

 

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Jainism

While at Khajuraho (next set of photos below) we visited a nearby Jain temple. Jainism is one of the oldest religions on the Indian subcontinent. Jains believe that every soul is divine and has the potential to achieve God-consciousness. Jains have an ancient tradition of scholarship and have the highest degree of literacy in India - their libraries being the oldest in in the country.

Nonviolence is a huge part of Jainism and includes vegetarianism. Jains are expected to be non-violent in thought, word, and deed, both toward humans and toward all other living beings, therefore Jain monks and nuns walk barefoot and sweep the ground in front of them to avoid killing insects or other tiny beings.

In Jainism, male Digambara monks do not wear any clothes and are nude throughout their lives. They practice non-attachment to the body and hence, wear no clothes. Shvetambara monks and nuns wear white clothes. Although I was reluctant to photograph this monk I felt it important to illustrate their practice of not wearing clothing. This particular monk was wearing reading glasses - something that has only recently been accepted...

Jainism near Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Jain monk and worshiper
Jainism near Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Jain monk, sans clothing...
Jainism near Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Monk's study area

 

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Khajuraho

The Indian village of Khajuraho is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, about 385 miles (620 kilometres) southeast of Delhi. Khajuraho's group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India despite a population base of only about 15,000 people when we were there (the area is mostly agricultural). Kharjuraho was built over a 200 year period between 950 and 1150 CE. There's evidence that Muslim invaders (sometime around 1100 to 1400 CE) destroyed parts of the 80 temples - after that, and with the encroachment of jungle, about 25 of the temples exist today.

In the 19th century the British "discovered" Khajuraho and recovered it from the jungle for preservation (many Indians have advised me that historical preservation was one of the British strong points throughout their occupation of the subcontinent). Obviously the erotic sculptures attract people but the general theme, throughout must of Khajuraho, is just a representation of regular life in and around the temple area. In one scene, that is viewable on my YouTube video, you can even see a comic sculpture of two elephants coliding into a third that had stopped unexpectedly. Anyway, Kharjuraho is is interesting on many levels besides just the erotic art!

Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Entrance
Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Inside a temple
Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Khajuraho ruins
Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Horse and men...
Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Group of people...
Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Ancient intimacy
Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Inside a temple
Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Khajuraho
Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Smiling elephant
Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Cornerstone
Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Guide interpreter
Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Khajuraho
Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Newer structure - 150 years
Chandelas erotic stone carvings at Khajuraho, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 04, 2008
Khajuraho
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Taj Mahal

What trip to India would be complete with out seeing the magnificant Taj Mahal?? This grand edifice, built by Shan Jahan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal, took 20,000 workers to build. We were able to walk into the inner chambers of this renowned "Monument to Love," seeking out several vantage points to see the magnificent play of light (that didn't come out too clear in my cheap camera!). The semi translucent white marble is inlaid with thousands of semi-precious stones in beautifu patterns and the building has four identical facades, a perfect exercise in symmetry. It's truly a wonder of the world!
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Me and Tami
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Visitors having fun
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Tami
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Hand-carved marble screen
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Hand-carved marble screen
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Required booties
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Repairing the Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Fine inlay
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Inlay
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Daisy on the tile
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Me entering the Mosque
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Mosque at the Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Tami and the Mosque
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Taj Mahal entrance security
Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Roger J. Wendell - December 02, 2008
Taj Mahal
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YouTube Logo I've posted over 100 of my videos from India on YouTube. The following is a list of the ones that may be of the most interest:
  1. Daisy playing cricket
  2. India Gate memorial
  3. Chandni Chowk bazaar
  4. Jama Masjid Mosque
  5. Hand-cranking a "Makeshift"
  6. Goats on the road
  7. Monkeys invade our vehicle
  8. Public water pump
  9. Camp welcome
  10. Riding a rickshaw
  11. God's name is truth!
  12. Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu
  13. Shiva ashram marching
  14. Getting in to a Tuk Tuk
  15. Holy cows wander the busy streets
  1. Elephant stable
  2. Hand-making a wool carpet
  3. Hawkers at our bus
  4. Gypsies and Snake Charmers
  5. Monkeys eating out of our hands
  6. Caring for your turban
  7. Fabric block-printing
  8. Jantar Mantar astrological observatory
  9. Typical Hindu wedding
  10. Mahatma Gandhi Cremation Site
  11. Mother India memorial
  12. Tiger toothpick bird
  13. Hindu temple on the Ghat
  14. Driving through Ranthambhore National Park
  15. Driving through a large banyan tree
  1. Hand-knotted silk
  2. Dancing Gypsy woman
  3. Cheering children at Qutb Minar
  4. R.C. Public School Yarlipura Village
  5. Jana-Gana-Mana: India's national anthem
  6. Baolis step-well - Abhaneri
  7. Government weaving loom
  8. Cremation mound
  9. Rowing on the Ganges
  10. Releasing an offering on the Ganges
  11. Aarti ceremony on the Ganges
  12. Young monks along the Ganges
  13. Opening a door on a moving train
  14. Samvar deer crossing the road
  15. Proper camel riding technique

 

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