Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Mumbai


Sunday night was Noopur's uncle's mom's 83rd birthday celebration. She was so excited and happy to have all her friends and family around. There were quite a few people there and lots of delicious food.

Back in Mumbai








Sunday we went to Elephanta Island. It's an hour boat ride from Mumbai. A complex of Hindu caves and temples are located here that were built in the 5th century AD. In the 16th century the Portuguese used the site as a firing range. Many statues were damaged by bullets. Above are examples of some wildlife I found on the island. A dog I named Scrappy Doodle and a little monkey. It's quite hot in Mumbai right now. Not ready for fall in the states.

Goodbye Indore



We said our goodbyes and then realized the car tire was flat. This was a 8:00 am for our 8:45 am flight. We miraculously made it on the plane. Anything is possible in India.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Mandu







Mandu


Monkey drinking :)

Mandu


Local fruit that our driver bought for us. It was the consistency of astronaut ice cream.

Day Trip to Mandu


We took a day trip to Mandu. It was about a 3 hour drive from Indore. It's in the middle of nowhere and just filled with so many amazing ruins. We started out with a tour guide that we picked up in the parking lot :) He was explaining to us about a ruler that had music competitions in his home. He wanted to demonstrate the acoustics in the building so he had us sit on one end while he sang in the other. He sang a really high pitched part and then a very low pitched then started snapping a clapping. This went on for a good few minutes and we weren't quite sure if he was going to stop. Katie and Noopur ducked off to the sides and started cracking up. I was stuck sitting across from him pretending to be entertained. The lack of detail in my description is b/c i couldn't understand a word he said. We gave him the boot after this stop. He also had 4 toes on one foot. That's not why we told him to leave, just an interesting fact.

Indore Palace


Out hosts took us to the Lal Bagh Palace. It is a combination of very different architectural styles influenced by French, English & Mughal styles. Above are statues of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The entrance gates to the palace are replicas of the gates at Buckingham Palace.

Indore Coffee Table


One evening we went out to dinner at a place called the Coffee Table. As we were waiting for the car to pick us up, I spotted a playground near the entrance.

Indore Mirror Temple


The Kaanch Mandir literally translates as the mirror temple. The entire temple (floor to ceiling) was covered in multi-colored glass mosaics. I couldn't take photos inside so I took one in the doorway as I left :)

Indore Jain Temple





The Gommat Giri Temple. The statue above looked so lifelike it was creepy. Directly above are footprints of each of the 24 holy men of the Jain religion.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Bhopal--Workout

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Nana was showing us his morning workout. If we do this every morning we will be fit as a fiddle.

Bhopal--Home







Mix of images of Nana, Nani and their home. Nani makes beautiful pillow covers, bed spreads, aprons, wall hangings. The man with the sewing machine is a tailor that comes everyday to help her with her creations.

Bhopal--Agarwal Jain Temple



This temple was just up the hill from the Shiva temple.

Bhopal--Bhojeshwar Temple








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This temple dedicated to Shiva has never been completed. It is located in the middle of the countryside and we found it so peaceful and beautiful.

Bhopal--Paddleboat




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Boating adventure with Nana.

Bhopal--Riverwalk


Bhopal is known as the city of lakes. We took a stroll along the river as the sun was setting.

Bhopal--Birla Temple



After our visit to the dam, we ventured to the Hindu Lakshmi Narayan temple. It overlooks the lower lake in Bhopal.

Bhopal--Kolar Dam



Nana took us to the cleanest body of water we've seen in India yet :)