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Without doubt, India is one of the most romantic, exotic, and interesting places in the world. India is home to this planet's
largest democracy, and is the earth's seventh largest country.  Due to its size and location, the country's population,
wildlife, geographical terrain and climate system are among the most diverse in the world.
India presents the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of our planet and its people.

 Locator Map for India

India has thousands of temples, palaces, and otherwise historical venues. Below, we share a few.

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Jerrold Patz & Naimah Zakaria at the Taj Mahal, Agra, India   Jerrold Patz & Naimah Zakaria Sitting in front of the Taj Mahal

No venture to India could be complete without a visit to the famous Taj Mahal, one of India's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A vision of immortal love and a lyric in luminous marble. An unearthly assemblage, its color changes with the season of the day: warm yellow in the rising sun, bright in the afternoon, red in the setting sun, and ice-blue in the light of the moon.

The Taj Mahal stands as a testimony to a timeless love story between Emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved Queen Mumtaz. After her death in 1631, thousands of workers and master craftsmen labored for 22 years to create this unique masterpiece.
 picture Jerrold Patz Naimah "Jerrold Patz" tourist attraction 

Naimah in front of the Presidential Palace (Rastrapati Bhavan) in
New Delhi, India's modern capital, and a detail of the gate.

Naimah in New Delhi, India   Gate Detail of the Presidential Palace, New Delhi, India

Jerrold Patz & Naimah Zakaria on an Elephant in Amber, India

This is the standard mode of transportation (riding an elephant) for entering the Amber Fort, near Jaipur. It is more comfortable than riding a camel. 
 picture Jerrold Patz Naimah   "Jerrold Patz"  riding an elephant

Here we are in the Thar Desert in Jaiselmer India (in the north west, near the border with Pakistan).
 picture Jerrold Patz Naimah
"Jerrold Patz"  riding a camel 

Us on a Camel in the Thar Desert, India   Our Reflection on the Desert Sand, near Jaiselmer, India

The Palace of Wind, Jaipur, India   City Palace, Jaipur India. Part of the "Pink City"

Detail of a Doorway to the City Palace, Jaipur, India with Naimah Posing

Left, the facade of the Palace of Wind in the "Pink City", Jaipur. Right, the City Palace is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. Naimah at one of the ornate, inlaid doorways.
  photo Naimah tourist attraction "city palace"

This is the beautiful Lake Palace in Udaipur. Many of you have already seen it in the James Bond movie 'Octopussy'. It is truly a floating jewel. tourist attraction

The Lake Palace, Udaipur, India

The Jama Masjid, New Delhi, India

This is the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, reputed to be the largest mosque in Asia. tourist attraction
This is a photo taken in Veranasi (also called Benares), the Holy City on the Ganges River. This is one of the most popular Indian sites for cremations. The tall poles hold baskets that contain the ash of the mortal remains of people who have died elsewhere. As the wind blows, those ashes are scattered into the Ganges. Veranasi, the Holy City on the Ganges
Entrance to Fatehpur Sikri, the 16th Century Indian Capital   Panch Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, India Fatehpur Sikri was built as the capital city for 16th Century Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is near Agra. Because it was a ceremonial capital, it did not have fortifications. Unfortunately, there was no water there either and the city had to be abandoned. The very dryness of the area has preserved it as an architectural wonder. Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 tourist attraction
The Jaswant Thada is a white marble memorial built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It is in the city of Jodhpur, India. Within the polished walls are two tombs. The Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur, India
The Blue Roofs of the City Jodhpur, India The blue roofs of Jodhpur, the 2nd largest city in Rajasthan, India. Jodhpur is called the "Blue City" because of this architectural feature. This photo is taken from the Mehrangarth Fort, former residence of the Maharaja.
The "Palace on Wheels" (website) was our second major vacation together. We went for Valentine's Day, 1998. This luxury train (once belonging to the Maharaja) was our rolling hotel for this trip. It is rated as one of the 10 best rail journeys in the world.
 
photo Naimah, "palace on wheels"  "jerrold patz" tourist attraction 
Naimah with India's famous "Palace of Wheels" luxury train   Jerrold Patz emerging from India's famous "Palace of Wheels" luxury train.

Naimah sitting in our compartment on India's famous "Palace of Wheels" luxury train

Grandniece India, April 2006 Well, not India the country, this is India, my grandniece.
She and other family members can be found here.

 

Here is a montage of additional pictures.

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"qutb-minar" "palace on wheels" tourist attraction  maharaja   Jaipur  "Red Fort" "red fort" "ganhi's tomb"  "jantar mantar" "jaipur observatory"  "jaipur astronomical observatory"  amber fort "india gate"  "taj mahal"  tallest brick minaret in the world  India Gate