Monochrome Madness – The Old Fakir

My contribution for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge, hosted by Leanne Cole I took this shot of the Old Fakir in Pushkar last November. Quite a cool dude, yes?

The Duster Trails 1 – And now, that’s an Angelic Smile!

Well, this dude has a great smile. I had gone to Kuruskshetra, using my Renault Duster for the first time. That’s the car you see on the ‘header’ of this blog. Shall I change the format of the blog, I wonder… Anyhow, Kurukshetra is about 3.5 hours from Delhi, by road. The highway is actually quite decent, and while this was a short, two…

At The Pushkar Mela

The Annual Pushkar Mela takes place every year, around November, and is timed with the full moon. It does mix religious faith with commerce as, apart from the rush of pilgrims who come to bathe in the sacred waters of the lake (and, to wash away their sins), there is a very well known cattle trading fair that takes place every year. This has…

I tried to find God in Pushkar…. But…..

As you may have discovered from the last post, Pushkar is a very holy town. It is the only place in the world where there is a temple dedicated to the God of Creation, Brahma. This is significant. It is almost littered with temples, big and small. There is a lake that is considered to be holy. You can go down to the bathing…

And So We Went To Pushkar…

I am back to the November trip, when I went to Jaipur. I have written all about the Jaipur part, and I thought that I would now write about the trip to Pushkar. Pushkar is roughly 140 km from Jaipur, and the highway is not bad at all. It took us two hours by road. For those who want to go straight from Delhi,…

Gorblimey!! This Was An Eating Holiday. Part 2

Oh Wow! Post Number 100!!   Now, Haridwar and Rishikesh, being religious towns (that is bad grammar, I know), are towns where no booze or meat is sold or served. You can get eggs in Rishikesh, largely because the hoteliers have bent the conventions to suit the desires of the tourists. I love my meat, but I disagree with this sort of religious convention…

Gorblimey! Was This A Culinary Holiday? Part 1

After a week, I was back at Rishikesh. This time, we travelled around a bit. We stayed at a little hotel called the Rishikesh Inn, and when we checked in, the receptionist challenged us to find better food in the town. So, we took him on. We ate at the German Bakery overlooking the river. Awful food. Expensive, and meant only for poor, gullible…

A Day In Rishikesh

I was up – down – at Rishikesh last week. Rishikesh is about 250-300 km north of Delhi, and is at the foothills of the Himalayan Ranges. This is the place where the Ganges River actually meets the plains. The rive is called the Bhagirathi, and then it reaches the plains. So, I went up for a day, to do something of an intensely…

The Sun God (??) The Moon Goddess(??)

Before I move on to the next bit of travel, I thought that I would pause a bit, to do indulge in some pop philosophy. I have always loved sunsets, the light of the moon, the light of the sun. Photographically, the light of the sun has a huge impact on how we photograph and see things. Ever since I started photography, I have…

November in Jaipur – 2. Jantar Mantar

We actually started the day in Jaipur at the Jantar Manta, which is right next to the City Palace.  We didn’t have the time that day, else we probably would have gone into the City Palace as well. I have been into the City Palace actually, but that was years and years ago. I was accompanying a bunch of really rich blokes. They were…