Amritzar - Delhi - Agra
22.08.1966 - 25.08.1966
From a letter home dated Thursday 25-8-1966
We have now been back in India for four days and are at present in Agra, city of the Taj Mahal. We landed at Amritzar in the Punjab last Monday but only spent the one day there, as we had covered it pretty thoroughly last time. Around Amritzar we could see little evidence of the Indo-Pak war of last year, though there must have been quite a few skirmishes in the area, if not more intense fighting. We revisited the magnificent Golden Temple of the Sikhs in the afternoon, then got caught in a deluge, which caused local flooding, when we visited Jallianwala Bagh, a garden where an infamous massacre took place in 1919. Took the night train to Delhi, arriving early on Tuesday morning.
During two days in Delhi we met again some American friends working for the US Aid program; their two years of service in India are just ending. They are returning home in a week or so, so they were in the last hectic days of preparation - no time for us to arrive. Anyway, we had dinner with them on both nights and enjoyed it very much. Yesterday morning we came down to Agra, only a three hour rail journey from Delhi. In the afternoon we took a bus out to the perfectly preserved Moghul city of Fatepur Sikri, an architectural marvel, and tried to get a glimpse of the Taj by moonlight last night, but we went too late and the gates were closed. We are going down again in a few minutes time, as soon as I finish this letter.
After Agra we go to Jaipur, then Jodhpur, then Ahmedabad, Bombay & Poona. We have managed to get concession rates on the trains, so fares are working out very cheaply. We have been staying in retiring rooms on the railway stations, which are cheap and comfortable. India does not seem at all strange to me the second time round, and it is almost as if I had never left.
Wednesday the 24th was exactly two years from the day I sailed from Sydney. Did you think of it?
We are both well and hope you are too,
Love to all, John (next letter from Poona)
The Red Fort in Delhi
The Lahore Gate
The Diwan-i-khas (private audience hall)
Turning grass into lawn, Indian style
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The Taj Mahal, Agra
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The 54 m high "Great Gate" to Fatehpur Sikri, the Buland Darwaza
Mariam's House and Imperial Harem Complex beyond
The Diwan -i-khas , Akbar's private audience hall
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