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Title: India impressions, with some notes of Ceylon during a winter tour, 1906-7 [microform]
Year: 1907 (1900s)
Authors: Crane, Walter, 1845-1915
Subjects: India — Description and travel Sri Lanka — Description and travel
Publisher: London : Methuen & Co.
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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evident. It looks as if the original some-what wild and characteristic Eastern garden hadbeen taken in hand by an expert from Kew, andit had been tamed, its wild locks cut off, and theremainder combed and brushed. There is an English country-seat or evensurburban suggestion about it in parts. I can-not but think that it was a pity not to maintainthe garden in its Eastern character, consideringthe monument it encloses. However, it wouldtake even more professional treatment toprevent beautiful trees and flowers from beingdelightful. The garden is still a pleasant place to wanderin, and interesting views of the white domes andminarets, rising above masses of foliage, can be hadeverywhere in it. Here, at the end of December,one enjoyed the temperature, and the sunshine, AGRA 119 tempered by the shade of trees, of a normal Juneday in England. As regards the garden, j was ^0\^ tna^ when itwas in its original state as a fruit garden a certainamount of revenue was realised by the sale of the
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THE MAINSTAY OF TNDIA. AQUARIUS—THE WATER-BEARER produce. When Lord Curzon heard of this heconsidered it not fitting, and I understood that hewas responsible for the alteration in the characterof the garden, which requires the constant attentionof the water-bearer with his goatskin. Agra possesses a fine mosque in the Jama Musjid,built by Shah Jehan in 1644. It is a building ofred sandstone and white marble. The big domeis inlaid in zigzags of white marble and red sand- 120 INDIA IMPRESSIONS stone alternately, the whole surface being coveredin this way with striking effect. It is an interesting drive through the bazaars andover the bridge of boats across the river Jumna, andthrough a native village, to the mausoleum of Itmad-ud-Daulat. In this beautiful building, which isapproached through a massive arched gateway ofred sandstone and across a walled garden, one seesa prototype of the Taj Mahal. In this case thereis a central dome and four minarets, only the cupolais lower and of a f
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