Red Fort, Lahore Gate
The Red Fort dates from the very peak of Moghul power. Emperor
Shah Jahan started its construction in 1638 and it was completed ten years
The Taj Mahal in the distance, with a camel
in the foreground.
Constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife
Mumtaz Mahal, the "lady of the Taj." Construction
of the Taj
Mahal began in 1632 and ended in 1647; about 20,000 people are said to have worked on
Construction of the massive Agra Fort was begun by Emperor
Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah
Church in Old Goa
Goa was the vice-regal seat of the Portuguese Empire of the
east, and fortunes were made from its control
of the spice trade in the 16th century.
The Ganges at Dawn
the "eternal city," is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in
India. Situated on the banks of
the sacred Ganges,
Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for 2,000 years.
It was at Sarnath,
only 10 miles away that the Buddha
first preached his message of enlightenment, 25 centuries ago. Later
the city became a great Hindu
center, and is today a symbol of the Hindu
There are more than 100 ghats
in all, of which Dasaswamedh is the most important, its
name signifying that Brahma
sacrificed (medh) 10 (das) horses (aswa) there.
The Golden Temple
Dedicated to Vishveswara (Vishwanath), Shiva
as Lord of the Universe. Originally built in the early 17th century,
present temple was built in 1776 by Ahalya Bai of
Indore, and the three tons of
gold plating on the towers was
provided by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of
Road to Ladakh
Road to Leh from Manali
The 485-kilometer road from Leh to Manali is usually open
from mid-July to mid-September when it is clear of snow.
...Due to a Mud Problem
Unbelievable Is Not It?
Taglang La is second only to Khardung La, the
highest motorable pass in the world at 18,380 feet, between Leh and the Nubra
Leh, the capital of Ladakh,
sits at an elevation of 11,550 feet and has a population of 24,500.
Built by a Japanese, Indian-based man whose intention was to
building temples throughout the world. It was opened by the Dalai
Lama in 1985.
Tikse Gompa is part of the Gelukpa
(Yellow Hat) order.
The gompa has an important collection of Tibetan
books in its library.
A sand mandala.
Hemis Gompa, also know as Chang-Chub-Sam-Ling (or the Lone
Place of the Compassionate Person),
belongs to the Drukpa order,
and was founded in the early 17th century.
West of Leh
Road to Kargil
Indus and Zanskar Rivers
Where the Indus
River meets the Zanskar River.
Family near Alchi Gompa
Likir, or Klu-kkhyil (water spirits), Gompa was founded in
the 14th century. The present
structure was rebuilt in the 18th century and re-dedicated to the Gelukpa
(Yellow Hat) order.
Some of the thangkas are 500 years old.
Tree of Life
Restored Wall Murals
75 foot high statue of Buddha.