1930 Circumnavigation #4
1930 Circumnavigation #4
with narrative titles
Circumnavigating the Earth
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Intertitles from the film as written by the Todes:
"A land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence. Mother of history, grandmother of legend and great-grandmother of tradition.
India towers as far above other countries in absorbing interest as the Himalayas tower above the Alps. It is the only land with an irresistible appeal to alien prince and alien peasant alike.
A two day journey from Karachi across the Sind desert of India brought us to
Mount Abu, "The Rajput Olympus", in the Aravalli Hills.
The wonderful carved marble Jain Temples of Achalgar, of Nemnath and of Adinath at Dilwara are the finest of their kind in all India.
Every inch of the interiors of these Jain Temples is of lace-like marble carvings
For delicacy of carving and minute beauty of detail these temples stand unrivaled, even in this land of patience and lavish labor.
Leaving Mount Abu, the "home of the Gods".
Our next stop was at Udaipur.
The Slave Girl's Garden (Who would mind being a slave here?)
Lake and Palace of the "Venice of India".
Around Nakhi Talac, of "Fingernail Lake".
The Hathi Pol (Elephant Gate) guards the entrance to the Maharana's Palace at Udaipur.
The Courtyard of the Maharana's Palace.
In the words of the Persian bard: "If ever there was a paradise on earth its is here, oh, it is here!"
The Jagannath Temple at Udaipur.
Jai Samudra Lake, or "The Sea of Victory" is situated in a wild country thirty miles from Udaipur.
It is the largest artificial lake in the world - its dam is 1252 ft. long and 116 ft. high
Wild life is plentiful in these parts.
Our private car is detached from the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway express train at [CHITOGARH]
The history of Chitogarh is written imperishably in the annals of Rajputana; it is one long story of rival kings, of sacks, and tales of the most amazing heroism
The conspicuous and magnificent Fort of Chitorgarh with its triple-walls makes childhood dreams of fairy castles and embattlements come true
Here also does the "Tower of Victory" raise its magnificent head.
The "Tower of Fame" built to commemorate the death of Adinath, the first Jain Tirthaker, dates to the twelfth century.
Then our journey led to the "rose-pink city" of [JAIPUR]
Carefully groomed animals from the royal stable stand before the Maharaja's palace at Jaipur
Among India's interesting sights are the five large observatories built by the Emperor Jai Singh, of which the one at Jaipur is still in use.
The "Prince of Dials" with a gnomon 90 ft. high and a base 147 ft. long; as a time-finder it is a marvel of accuracy
Here, as in other parts of Central India, we find many of these
In Jaipur the traveler realizes the India of his dreams
The Hawa Mahal or Hall of the Winds. It is composed entirely of pink and white stucco and was built by Jey Sing, the founder of Jaipur in 1728.
We journeyed our to Amber, "Queen of the Pass"
The deserted city of Amber is situated up the Kail Koh gorge amidst overhanging cliffs and jagged rocks
To reach the front and palace of Amber on travels atop of Jumbo
Sights we saw from the observation platform of friend Jumbo.
It is hard to realize that no one lives beautiful Amber.
We also went to Galta-- crowded with tanks, temples, bathing ghats and monkeys.
A mother with her baby took a fancy to Kate.
Agra Hindustan's romantic city by the waters of the River Jumna.
Under Akbar and his successors, Agra was the centre of an empire that stretched from Kabul to Dacca, and from Ahmednagar to Kashmir.
The Hall of Public Audience with the marble throne of Emperor Shah Jahan
Exterior and interior views of the Pearl Mosque, a pure white marble sanctuary
Magnificent white pierced marble screens and carved marble columns in the Peal Mosque
The white marble tome of I'timad-ud-daula at Agra; a gem without a peer.
Exquisite inlaid marble panels and pierced marble screens; each one of unique design
A close-up of one India's masterpieces
The most perfect edifice ever erected by man; the world-famous "Taj Mahal", a dream monument to love
The dream creation of Emperor Shah Jahan built in 1632 to the memory of his beloved Mumtaz Maha; a pearl in a setting of emeralds
Here the mist of time rolls away, the materialistic world is forgotten and the days of Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb live again.
Constructed of pure white marble it has and all-satisfying beauty and purity of conception
The Taj and its gardens as viewed from atop one of its tall minars
Fatehpur-Sikri a royal but long deserted city in Central India
Fatepur-Sikri was a creation in the sixteenth century of the great Moghal Emperor Akbar who built every structure in it and then deserted it for Agra
Deserted over three hundred years ago the city stands intact to-day
The city is seven miles in circumference and its walls are pierced by nine gateways; we enter via the Buland Darwaza or "Gate of Victory".
The Panch Mahal, a building of five stories erected for the ladies of the court as a pleasure resort.
At the Palace of Birbal, of which Victor Hugo said: "If it were not the most gigantic of jewel cases."
The Emperor's private audience hall
The palace of Jodh Bai
The Dargah Mosque of Fatehpur-Sikri and its prayer court is a copy of the one at Mecca; it is the largest not only in India, bu in the world.
In the prayer court stands the white marble mausoleum or Daragh of Shaikh Salim Chishti, the High Priest of the City
Exquisite white marble carved brackets support the dripstone or eaves of the tomb.
Artistic views are obtainable thru the finest pierced marble screens in all India.
A Mohammedan "Steve Brody" does his stuff from atop the walls of Fatehput-Sikri
The mausoleum is a pyramidal building resembling structurally a Buddhist monastery.
Then the journey led to Gwalior; the "Heart of India" located on an affluent of the river Jumna
The noble tome of Muhammad Ghaus, saint venerated in the time of Barber and Akbar, stands on the outskirts of the city
The tomb is of stone and is one of the best specimens of the early Mughal period
Surrounded by a lofty veranda, it is enclosed by stone lattices of the most intricate and elaborate patterns.
Gwalior is known for its fort - Raja Man Singh's Palace on the most ancient and renowned strongholds in the East.
Into the palaces of her princes India has poured untold lakhe or rupees. The citadel of Gwalior has been called the grandest native stronghold in India.
The Raja Man Singh Palace walls are covered with a profusion of colored tiles, and architectural carvings of unsurpassed charm and elegance.
The Thousand-armed Temples of Gwalior "Sas-baku" (mother-in-law) and "Sahasra-baku" (daughter-in-law).
The rock sculptured Jain tirthamkaras or - pontiffs are of gigantic size
In this humble shack lives the Maharaja of Gwalior - One of India's richest princes and rulers.
Another ruler who is still to be reckoned with in India
Delhi the "City of Kings"
The new city of Delhi, and the Capitol of India, is some miles removed from Old Delhi.
The All-India War Memorial at New Delhi.
The palace of the Viceroy of India, and the new Court of Justice.
"The past and present her unite. Beneath Time's flowing tide Like footprints hidden by a brook But seen on either side".
The Jama Masjid at Old Delhi, one of India's noblest and largest mosques was built in 1658
Parallel white lines mark the boundaries for the six thousand Mohammedans who pray in the court of the Jama Masjid Mosque on Fridays.
Within the gardens of Old Deldi Fort is the lovely Moti Masjid or "Pearl Mosque" with its symmetrical domes of pure white. It was built by Emperor Aurangzeb 1659 A.D.
The white marble Diwan-i-Khas or "Hall of Private Audience" was once the glory of the palace.
Here in olden days stood the famous "Peacock Throne" valued at thirty-five million dollars, and taken away by Nadir Shad to Persia a loot.
Within the Diwan-i-Khas stands the largest pierced marble screen in the world.
Of delicate and intricate design like lace, the one-place marble screen is representative of the Heavens surrounding the Scales of Justice
The seven distinct and separate cities of Delhi have been the battle-fields of nations for thousands of years.
Indraprastha The first city of Delhi dates back to the age of mythology.
The mausoleum of Emperor Humayun on the Delhi-Muttra road to Tughlakabad.
A skyscraper of a thousand years ago. The Kutb Minar or Tower of Victory of the Muhammadan conquerors is credited to the Slave King Aybek.
The huge Kutb Minar of red sandstone veined with cream towers into the heavens.
An extensive view is had of the country and of the ruins of Kuwwat ul Islam Mosque from the top of the Kutb Minar
The famous non-rusting wrought "Iron Pillar" (under the arch) erected in 400 A.D. is on of the most curious antiquities in India
It contains the posthumous eulogy of a king named Chandra, and its non-rusting composition has baffled scientists for centuries"
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