Interior of the Jain temple at Ranakpur
We visited a Jain temple in Ranakpur the carvings were spectacular and so ornate not two colums alike. 14-15th century The Jains are among other things known for their asceticism and absolute nonviolence. With a 4,500 square yards basement (approximately 60 x 62 meters) it is the largest Jain temple in India. Entering this marvel of architecture we were overwhelmed by the lavish abundance of marvellous stonemason works on white marble. There are four subsidiary shrines, 24 pillared halls and all in all 1444 marble pillars each from one piece and all richly decorated with most elaborately carved sculptures and filigrees, including the domes. The creativity and beauty of these elaborate works is unimaginable and the variety is such, that no two of the 1444 pillars are alike! A special effect is the amazing play of shadow, light and colours. As the light shifts through the temple over the day the pillar's colours change from white over bluish to gold ... When the mogul emperor Akbar visited this temple he was full of admiration that he had made an inscription on one of the pillars which says, that no one ever will be allowed to destroy this jewel of architecture http://www.sights-and-culture.com/India-Ranakpur/Ranak-Jain-Temple1.html
Ranakpur with elephant
This is the bedroom we stayed in at the Rawla Narlai, India it was origianl 17th century.
Evening puja (prayers) in Udaipur (Rajasthan, India). Taken on Dan and Audrey's round-the-world journey.
Walking through the food markets of Udaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan (northwest India). Taken...
Perusing the market area in Udaipur in the State of Rajasthan, India. Taken on Dan and Audrey's round...
Taking a walk through Udaipur's fresh market - Mandi Market - in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Takan...
Streets of Udaipur in Rajasthan, India. Taken on Dan and Audrey's round-the-world journey.
Finding an elephant in an unlikely place - on the streets of Udaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan...
Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.
Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?
China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.
Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.
I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.
The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.
China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.
Text by Steve Smith.