A walk along Princess street, Kalba Devi.
With an expert on the street-widening and sanitary-inspired re-building of the Bombay Improvement Trust, circa 1900.
From the train to New Bombay, Navi Mumbai, on the mainland.
I realised that paying ten times the fare to travel first class gives some chance of being the only person standing in the door, and is thus worth it for the pictures.
Allahabad, at the junction of the Ganges and the Yamuna (and the invisible Saraswati). With preparations for the Kumbh Mela on the river bank -- in big years this is said to be the biggest gathering ever, reaching 60 million.
Below, the Mughal tombs in Khusrau Bagh. Khusrau was Jehangir's son, who after a rebellion in Lahore in 1606 was blinded, exiled here, and murdered, by the time his brother Shah Jahan ascended the throne in 1627. (His sons were then murdered too, for good measure.) While it had real power the Mughal empire never had an orderly transition between generations.
Lucknow. A corner of Secundra Bagh, the site of a battle in 1857. Below is part of the Residency, left as it stood when the siege was lifted. (The museum there also seemed to have been left as it stood in 1947, bar a handful of incongruous later additions.)
The city was supposed to be famous for its late Mughal buildings, Indian Rococo, but I was disappointed, and now read that much was destroyed in the fighting.
Pictures by Michael Abbott
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