Taj Mahal

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On January 27, K and I served as chaperones for 23 Colby students and a string quartet of young boys from the Gandhi Ashram School (who will play a movement of a Mozart String Quartet today on two concerts).

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Ticket to the Taj!

The bus ride was quite long and we saw a bit more of India (including camels pulling carts and a person riding an elephant)!

Here are some photos.

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G & K in front of the Taj.

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One of the “Red Mosques” on either side of the Taj Mahal.

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Plaque with information.

To read, you might need to copy and enlarge.

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The walls and the tomb inside are all carved marble with inlaid sem-precious stones. The intricacy and detail (and the sheer volume of the decorations is almost incomprehensible!

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Detail of section of wall inlay.

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More detail!

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Sites along the way.

I call this Agra Montage

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Mother and her child in the median of the highway.

Please note the symbolic crucifix formed by the shadow of a street sign behind her.

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The sidewalk is as good a place as any to sew up your shirt!

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….or take a bath

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The cellist and violist of the Gandhi Ashram String Quartet.

They had never been on a plane before, nor had they traveled more than 30 miles from their homes in Kalimpong before this trip.

 

 

 

 

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