Driving On The Highway. Traffic Control

Traffic Or Mobile? While He Looks For The Number Still Looking My Friends Drive On! This is the last entry from the current Agra series. I took these pictures, while we were driving to Agra. I had not been on an Indian highway for years, and was quite curious to see what the highway looked like. After all, as per the previous Indian government,…

For An Orange

The Young Boy Asks The Young Boy Receives He Looks In My Eyes Agra has a wonderful history, and a rather lousy present day climate, I think. When we had finished off the rounds of the various historical places in Agra itself, we got into our car and decided to drive off, to Fatehpur Sikri. Driving down the dusty paths of Agra can be…

The Taj Mahal

Prince Khurram ascended the throne of the Mughal Empire, in 1627, at the age of 35. In 1607, he was engaged to Arjunamand Bano Begum, and married her in 1612. She died in 1631, giving birth to their 14th child. She was temporarily buried in two locations, before she was finally shifted to her final burial spot at the Taj Mahal. Prince Khurram is…

Etmad Ud Daulah

Itmad ud Daulaf, or Etmad Ud Daulah, if you pronounce it the way we do in Hindi, is the place where the parents of Nur Jehan were buried. The photograph above is the entrance to the main tomb enclosure and the gardens. The tomb has been built on the left bank of the Yamuna, which you can see as you walk to the gardens…

Fatehpur Sikri

From Sikandra, to Fatehpur Sikri we went. This is a place that had a brief moment of glory in history, and then just faded out until Lord Curzon, one of the British Viceroys sent an archaeological team to excavate the site at the end of the 19th century.  Yet, it has survived as a tourist destination. Like place is dotted with tourists who, like…

On The Road To Agra

Of all the trips that I have made to Agra, one stands out rather vividly in my memory. This goes back a few years, when I was living in Singapore, and had come to India during the winter holidays, to visit my parents. We had hired a car, and had driven down to Agra with some good friends of ours. We were lucky. It…

Sikandra. Entering Agra

Akbar, the third Emperor of the Mughal Dynasty, was born in 1542 AD, just 16 years after his grandfather Babur defeated Ibrahim Lodhi at the Battle of Panipat and set up the Mughal Dynasty. Whatever modern day politicians may choose to say, the Mughal Empire has had a profound impact on India, it’s history, culture, arts and music.  Akbar, who’s name means ‘Very Great’…