Saturday, April 17, 2010
Incredible India 2010 - Day 4 Agra-Jaipur
After visiting the Taj Mahal on the early hours of day 4 on our Incredible India adventure, we continued Westbound towards Jaipur, Rajasthan. Forty kilometers out of Agra we stopped at the historical city of Fatehpur Sikri built by emperor Akbar in the 16th century. The city was abandoned after only 14 years due to a lack of water for its growing population. Today it is very popular with people traveling between Agra and Jaipur.
We visited the Jami Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Some of the rooms have a lot of coffins which makes for a somewhat spooky experience...
These 2 young boys were taking a break from playing around the graves, when I was able to make a quick photograph of them.
Four hours later we approached Jaipur, also known as the Pink city. While doing my photo scouting work, I had read about an interesting place just before Jaipur, called Galta.
It is the home of the Galtaji Hindu Temple consisting of 7 pools built on a hill in a lush green landscape of nature.
Beside the hundreds of monkeys living in and around the Temple, it is also a well known Hindu pilgrimage place. A jewel hidden in the mountains! There are very few non-Indian people stopping in Galta and it surely shows the benefit of doing your homework on trips like this!
While leaving the place of worship, I shot this image through the back car window of two young ladies collecting drinking water for the night.
It was after sunset when we checked into the Ramada hotel Jaipur. More on the Pink city in a few days.