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  1. My Excellent Trip to India by Arjun Bahl

  2. Preliminaries • Length of our trip • 24 days (Dec. 29, 2001 – Jan. 21, 2002) • Cities visited • New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra • Money spent • Approximately $5000, not counting shopping • Pictures taken • 84, all digital (presentation contains subset of these)

  3. New Delhi, India • Capital of India • Home base for us (grandparents house) • Multiethnic city, population: 10 million - 6801 people / Km • Common languages: Hindi, Punjabi, English • Religions: Hinduism, Muslim, Sikhism, Christianity

  4. Sights from Delhi Lotus Temple India Gate Himayun Tomb Hindu Temple Jantar Mantar Red Fort New Delhi Jaipur

  5. Jaipur, Rajastan Hava Mahal (Wind Palace) • Conceived by Sawai Jai Singh in 1727 • First planned city in northern India • Capital of Rajastan • Known as the “Pink City” • Population: • Climate Summers are hot! Max: 104o F; Min:79o F Winters are nice Max: 72oF; Min: 47oF Barely any rainfall 64 cms. Average per year • Languages English, Hindi & Rajastani Jaipur is known for its forts, palaces, architectural marvels and tales of valor.

  6. Jaipur Chess is played by royalty in India Our Palace - Jaimahal Hotel Harry Potter…move over Traditional Rajastani Costumes

  7. Jaipur Entrance to City Palace Rajasthani puppet show Jal Mahal - abandoned (Water Palace) Biggest single piece of silver (to carry waters from the Ganges)

  8. Jaipur Sights Elephant ride Scooters in the Pink City Cows share the road with BMWs Monkeys are everywhere

  9. Science in Jaipur Small Sun Dial: resolution 20 seconds • Jantar Mantar: center of astronomical studies. • Built by founder of Jaipur – Sawai Jai Singh in 1727 • Largest of the 6 observatories built. • Sun Dial: Triangle with hypotenuse at 27o = latitude of Jaipur. Measures the declination of celestial bodies Someone help me down… Large Sun Dial: resolution 2 seconds

  10. Science in Jaipur Zodiac Signs Group of 12 instruments which represent 12 Rashis or Zodiac signs. The instruments are used for observing latitudes and longitudes of the sun and the planets. Jaipur is a big exporter of silk carpets. Here the owner is demonstrating how carpets are tested for purity. Silk will not burn but wool will Jaipur New Delhi Agra Testing for purity in a silk carpet

  11. Agra: The home of the Taj Getting there was half the fun Way cool!! Cost of ride was Rs. 10 (or 25 cents)

  12. Entrance to the Taj Each mini tower represents a year – took 22 years to build

  13. The Taj Mahal A symbol of undying love for a wife

  14. The Taj Mahal, Agra What’s so special about it? my sister just didn’t get it  Sitting with my uncle inside the Taj Originally 2 were planned, one white, one black, but only one was completed. It took 20,000 workers 22 years to build this marble wonder It is the tomb of Emperor Shahjahan and his wife Mumtaz New Delhi Agra

  15. The Qutab Minar, New Delhi • Built: 1199 A.D. by Qutub-Ud-Din Albak • Afghan architecture • Height: 230 feet • Fun facts: • 20 years to complete • Highest stone tower in India • Surrounded by Tombs • Major tourist attraction • Built to mark Muslim dominance in Delhi My Mom thinks I am taking her picture 

  16. The Qutab Minar A place of worship in the complex My dad is 6’ 2”

  17. We did some fun things Look ma, I am taller than this man! Showing my dad how to shoot

  18. India: A country for everyone MooNet (Internet access for cows!)

  19. …but I am glad to be backThanks!