Congress of cows, Jaisalmer

Cows lounge in the shade of one of Jaisalmer’s beautiful havelis (private mansion), with their intricately carved sandstone walls and balconies.  Rajasthan, India.

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Red Fort of Agra

The Red Fort of Agra is an immense fortress-palace and was the seat of government of the Mughal Empire for much of its existence.  It sits not far from the Taj Mahal, near the banks of the Yamuna river.

Famously, it also served as the prison of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, imprisoned there by his own son Aurangzeb, the last of the Great Mughals.  The old Shah Jahan would stare out of the palace window towards the Taj Mahal, which he had ordered built in memory of his wife Murg Mumtaz.

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Jaisalmer, the sandstone city

Jaisalmer skyline

Jaisalmer is a desert city located in the Thar Desert of western Rajasthan.  Its proximity to the India-Pakistan border means there is a large military presence nearby, but the city itself is famed for its beautiful golden-brown sandstone.  Every building in the city seems to be made from it.