India: Agra – Day 3

Had an early breakfast and left for Agra. On my way, I did some street photography from the car.

Stopped at the FatehPur Sikri (the City of Victory), Uttar Pradesh on the way to Agra.

Entrance Fee: 250 rupees

Outside Fatehpur Sikri fresh fruits were sold

Looks tempting but there were a lot of flies too, settling on the fruits so I decided not to try it at all.

 ~ That’s all folks, More to come, Stay Tune ~

India: Jaipur – Day 2 continues

From the beautiful Amber Palace, a short stop at the Jal Mahal, “Water Palace”. The palace is located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber.

From the Jal Mahal headed to Jantar Mantar. It started to rain for awhile. So had to wait under a shade for the rain to stop.

Jantar Mantar is actually a collection of architecture astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jal Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734.

The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars’ location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides.

Entrance Free: 50 rupees

Astrological Device – My sign Capricorn

Jantar Mantar

Giant Sundial

Short stop at the City Palace, the City Palace covers one seventh of the city area and the plan of the palace is exactly similar to the plan of the city. The palace has high wall or the sarahad that surrounds it on all sides.

Entrance Fee: 150 rupees

The Palace consist of different areas such as, the Mubarak Mahal, The Museum Attractions, The Textile and Costume Museum, Rajendra Pol – The Gateway, Purely to Cleanse a Maharaja, Attraction of The Silver Urns, Diwan-i-Aam; The Hall of Public Audience, The Peacock Gate, Other Palace Structures, Chandra Mahal, The Splendid Creation, Pritam Niwas, Peacock Courtyard, Govind Deo Temple and the Royal Jai Niwas Garden.

I only took some pictures of the City Palace.

The two huge sterling silver vessels, custom made to carry water from India to England for the Maharaja Sawi Madho Sing II in 1901. The Maharaja was visiting England for the coronation of King Edward VII.

The vessels have entered the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest vessels made of sterling silver.

The enclosed inner courtyard, leading to Chandra Mahal is known as Pritam Niwas. In this courtyard there are four different gates, each door are decorated with polychrome inlay to represent the 4 seasons. The Peacock gate – Spring, The Lotus gate – Summer, the Leheriya gate – Monsoon and The Rose gate – Winter.

The Peacock gate represents spring.

On the way back to the hotel, drove pass the Hawa Mahal

~ That’s All Folks, More to come, Stay Tune ~