Eye on the World: New Delhi to Udaipur

written by | Posted on May 8th, 2013

On a recent first-time visit to the fascinating and yes Incredible India, we journeyed from the bustling capital of New Delhi to Agra to visit the iconic Taj Mahal; saw magnificent wild tigers in the Tiger Preserve at Ranthambhore; visited the Pink City of Jaipur with its magnificent forts and palaces; and finally on to the beautiful lake city of Udaipur.

Colonnade at Delhi’s Qutab Minar complex, India’s oldest mosque dating back to 1192.

Colonnade at Delhi’s Qutab Minar complex, India’s oldest mosque dating back to 1192.

Steep entrance steps at Mugal emperor Humayon’s tomb in Delhi.

Steep entrance steps at Mugal emperor Humayon’s tomb in Delhi.

Delhi’s Red Fort.

Delhi’s Red Fort.

The majestic Taj Mahal rises above the surrounding countryside.

The majestic Taj Mahal rises above the surrounding countryside.

A young prince visits the Taj.

A young prince visits the Taj.

A lone worshipper at the mosque adjacent to the Taj Mahal.

A lone worshipper at the mosque adjacent to the Taj Mahal.

Colorful saris contrast with the white marble of the Taj Mahal.

Colorful saris contrast with the white marble of the Taj Mahal.

Across the Yamuna river, the Taj Gardens offer an interesting vantage point.

Across the Yamuna river, the Taj Gardens offer an interesting vantage point.

In the magnificent palace complex of Fatehpur Sikri outside Agra, a sweeper lady goes about her business.

In the magnificent palace complex of Fatehpur Sikri outside Agra, a sweeper lady goes about her business.

Abandoned not long after construction, Fatehpur Sikri was built in the 16th century.

Abandoned not long after construction, Fatehpur Sikri was built in the 16th century.

Second-class train travel in India can be a hazardous experience.

Second-class train travel in India can be a hazardous experience.

A child waits patiently beside her mother.

A child waits patiently beside her mother.

Pulsating rhythms greet guests at the Oberoi Vanyavilas resort in Ranthamhbore.

Pulsating rhythms greet guests at the Oberoi Vanyavilas resort in Ranthamhbore.

An unforgettable encounter with tigers in the Ranthamhbore Tiger Preserve.

An unforgettable encounter with tigers in the Ranthamhbore Tiger Preserve.

Tigers in the Ranthamhbore Tiger Preserve.

Tigers in the Ranthamhbore Tiger Preserve.

Entryway to the magnificent Oberoi Vanyavilas Resort.

Entryway to the magnificent Oberoi Vanyavilas Resort.

The Oberoi maintains its own pair of Indian elephants to greet guests upon arrival and departure.

The Oberoi maintains its own pair of Indian elephants to greet guests upon arrival and departure.

Colorful art adorns the grillwork of most of India’s trucks.

Colorful art adorns the grillwork of most of India’s trucks.

Just one face among India’s billion plus population.

Just one face among India’s billion plus population.

Roadside vegetable stands are everywhere.

Roadside vegetable stands are everywhere.

In Jaipur’s Amber Fort colorful devotees line up to visit the temple.

In Jaipur’s Amber Fort colorful devotees line up to visit the temple.

Amidst the grandeur of Jaipur’s Amber Fort a colorful sweeper lady takes a break.

Amidst the grandeur of Jaipur’s Amber Fort a colorful sweeper lady takes a break.

A colorful musician brightens the day at Jaipur’s Amber Fort.

A colorful musician brightens the day at Jaipur’s Amber Fort.

The colors of India reflected in the ladies’ brilliant saris.

The colors of India reflected in the ladies’ brilliant saris.

A lock and chain in Jaipur’s Amber Fort.

A lock and chain in Jaipur’s Amber Fort.

Maintenance work is constant at Jaipur’s City Palace complex.

Maintenance work is constant at Jaipur’s City Palace complex.

Jaipur’s City Palace.

Jaipur’s City Palace.

In Jaipur’s Flower market.

In Jaipur’s Flower market.

The weathered hand of a flower seller who gently tends to her customers.

The weathered hand of a flower seller who gently tends to her customers.

A regal welcome at the Leela Palace in Udaipur.

A regal welcome at the Leela Palace in Udaipur.

Dance performers at the Bagore Ki Haveli Museum show in Udaipur.

Dance performers at the Bagore Ki Haveli Museum show in Udaipur.

At sunrise, the Taj looks magical in the dawn’s early light.

At sunrise, the Taj looks magical in the dawn’s early light.

Colonnade at Delhi’s Qutab Minar complex, India’s oldest mosque dating back to 1192.Steep entrance steps at Mugal emperor Humayon’s tomb in Delhi.Delhi’s Red Fort.The majestic Taj Mahal rises above the surrounding countryside.A young prince visits the Taj.A lone worshipper at the mosque adjacent to the Taj Mahal.Colorful saris contrast with the white marble of the Taj Mahal.Across the Yamuna river, the Taj Gardens offer an interesting vantage point.In the magnificent palace complex of Fatehpur Sikri outside Agra, a sweeper lady goes about her business.Abandoned not long after construction, Fatehpur Sikri was built in the 16th century.Second-class train travel in India can be a hazardous experience.A child waits patiently beside her mother.Pulsating rhythms greet guests at the Oberoi Vanyavilas resort in Ranthamhbore.An unforgettable encounter with tigers in the Ranthamhbore Tiger Preserve.Tigers in the Ranthamhbore Tiger Preserve.Entryway to the magnificent Oberoi Vanyavilas Resort.The Oberoi maintains its own pair of Indian elephants to greet guests upon arrival and departure.Colorful art adorns the grillwork of most of India’s trucks.Just one face among India’s billion plus population.Roadside vegetable stands are everywhere.In Jaipur’s Amber Fort colorful devotees line up to visit the temple.Amidst the grandeur of Jaipur’s Amber Fort a colorful sweeper lady takes a break.A colorful musician brightens the day at Jaipur’s Amber Fort.The colors of India reflected in the ladies’ brilliant saris.A lock and chain in Jaipur’s Amber Fort.Maintenance work is constant at Jaipur’s City Palace complex.Jaipur’s City Palace.In Jaipur’s Flower market.The weathered hand of a flower seller who gently tends to her customers.A regal welcome at the Leela Palace in Udaipur.Dance performers at the Bagore Ki Haveli Museum show in Udaipur.At sunrise, the Taj looks magical in the dawn’s early light.