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Top Photos of India Part 1: Places

Is India the most photogenic country on Earth? I am not sure. What I do know is that during my 2-month trip through the great country, I took over 5000 photos and almost all of them were full of vibrant, colorful people, awesome ancient sights, green tea fields and mass chaos.

I decided to make a top 10 photos post, but quickly realized I could never narrow down my choices to a mere ten. Instead, here are my top 18 photos of places, buildings, cityscapes and landscapes from India and later I will post favorite photos of people. I hope you enjoy. It may not be a top 10 list but at least you don’t have to sit through a slideshow presentation of the 5322 photos that I took.

Jama Masjid

India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid in old Delhi. It can hold 20,000 worshippers at one time.

The Taj Mahal

Does the Taj really need a caption? It is every bit as impressive as you can imagine.

Amber Fort

The Amber Fort near Jaipur.

Pushkar2

One of the 500 temples in and around Pushkar, our favorite place in Rajasthan.

Pushkar

Pushkar from the Saraswati Temple at Sunrise. We had to wake up at 4 AM and hike an hour to get the view, but it was worth it.

City Palace

The CIty Palace in Udaipur was the most impressive of all the palaces and forts we saw in Rajasthan.

Ajanta

One of 29 caves carved into the cliff face at Ajanta. The caves served as either Buddhist monasteries or temples and date back to 200 B.C.

The largest monolithic carving in the world at the Ellora Caves. I don't know what is more impressive, the fact that they took 200 years to carve this or that I was able to get a photo with only Kristi in it and no other tourists.

The largest monolithic carving in the world at the Ellora Caves. I don’t know what is more impressive, the fact that they took 200 years to carve this or that I was able to get a photo with only Kristi in it and no other tourists.

 

Jodhpur Sunset

Mehrangarh Fort and Jodhpur at sunset. I like the local boy in the bottom of the frame pondering life.

Blue city

The cubist cityscape of Jodhpur.

Ranakhpur

The Ranakpur temple in Rajasthan. The Jain temple is made up of over 1444 unique pillars carved out of white marble. Amazing.

Udaipur Palace

The Lake Palace at Udaipur, which is now a hotel. We looked online at rates and almost made a booking, thinking it was $80 per night. We recalculated and found out it was $800 per night. Due to that pesky zero we couldn’t afford it.

Victoria Terminus

The Victoria Terminus in bustling Mumbai.

Hampi Sunrise

Sunrise at Hampi, one of the great archeological sites of India. At its height, over 500 years ago, the area was home to 1/2 million people. ┬áNow the area consists of scattered ruins and banana plantations. The vibe in present day Hampi is very mellow – a great place for chilling out and doing some hiking.

Goa Church 2

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa. I tried to take a somewhat unique photo of the church, since most of them I saw online were the basic up-close photos of the white edifice.

Goa Church

The cathedral at Goa again. The Portuguese old city of Panjim was laid-back and filled with excellent places to eat.

The stunning Taj Hotel in Mumbai

The stunning Taj Hotel in Mumbai

The tea plantations of Munnar in the state of Kerala. The state's motto, God's own country, is apt.

The tea plantations of Munnar in the state of Kerala. The state’s motto, God’s own country, is apt.

If you like this, you might also like:
1. Adventure in Munnar: Kristi makes peace with the mountains, Jeff makes controversial comments at a communist rally and the Bell’s go to fat camp.

2. Indian Festivals are Awesome, or I am the World’s Worst Dancer

3. Escaping India in Tranquil Pushkar

4. The Requisite Taj Mahal Photo Essay

5. Top Photos of India Part 2: People

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