1996

New Delhi

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 later.

Agra

Taj Mahal

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 the building.

Agra Fort

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 Jahan.

Goa

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.

Goa Beach

Varanasi

The Ganges at Dawn

Varanasi, 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 renaissance.

Bathing Ghats

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,
the 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 Lahore.

1999

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.

My Driver

Traffic Jam...

...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 Valley.

Leh

Leh

Leh, the capital of Ladakh, sits at an elevation of 11,550 feet and has a population of 24,500.

Shanti Stupa

Built by a Japanese, Indian-based man whose intention was to spread Buddhism by
building temples throughout the world.  It was opened by the Dalai Lama in 1985.

Ladakhi Men

Ladakhi Woman

Tikse Gompa

Tikse Gompa

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

Prayer Wheel

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.

Prayer Books

Monk Praying

Local Children

West of Leh

Road to Kargil

Road manners!

Indus and Zanskar Rivers

Where the Indus River meets the Zanskar River.

Alchi

Family near Alchi Gompa

Likir Gompa

Likir 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.

Thangka Museum

Some of the thangkas are 500 years old.

Tree of Life

Restored Wall Murals

Buddha Statue

75 foot high statue of Buddha.

Young Monk

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