Armchair Travel - Photos from India

Old Apr 9th, 2020, 07:47 AM
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Armchair Travel - Photos from India

In another thread there was talk of posting our photos from India. I'll start the ball rolling with a few from the scanned slide archive. Hope to see a lot more.



Chandni Chowk, Delhi

Some weeks later in Jodhpur we sat on some steps, and timed 15 minutes counting how many different forms of conveyance passed by. I think it was 30. Cars, trucks, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, tuk-tuks, push carts, pull carts, ox-carts, donkey carts, horses, camels, elephants, ….




The Taj



The Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur

Our big splurge of the trip. Back then I think it was less than fifty bucks a night, still quite a lot, especially after staying in a two dollar dak-house dormitory.




Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu.

The story goes that the master carvers were paid in gold equal to the weight of their marble shavings.




Honeymooner

Mount Abu is a popular location for couples on honeymoon. We became friendly with a couple at our hotel, had several meals together, and stayed in contact for many years afterward.




“The Green Slime Lady”

This woman was drinking a horrible looking slimy green concoction. Little did we know she was ahead of her time and probably having a highly nutritious smoothie.




The Ajanta Caves

We were amazed by this place, and the nearby Ellora temples.




An Ajanta Buddha
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Great Idea here Nelson! Let's do this folks.
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Very nice. Thank you.

That honeymooner is gorgeous
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Beautiful pictures. The experience of Kailasha temple must have been amazing.
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Thanks for the comments guys.

Originally Posted by rantapawan View Post
The experience of Kailasha temple must have been amazing.
Indeed the Kailasha temple was incredible. At the time (1977) we wondered why it wasn't more famous (at least to us of course). It's rarely on a "world's greatest architectural monuments" type of list (though it is on Fodor's), but we left impressed at the audacity of it's concept and construction.

It was carved in the 8th century AD from the side of cliff. Work started at the top and moved downward, chipping, chipping, chipping away at the bedrock. This minimized the need to build scaffolding. Not sure how long it took, seems like I read anything from 20 to 100+ years.

My pictures don't do it justice at all but I'll pop some in here anyway.



Kailasha Temple, Ellora. For scale note the person in front of the carving in the lower left.



Kailasha Temple, everything was carved in situ, starting at the top and working down.



Kailasha Temple



Scenes from the Ramayana, Kailasha Temple.


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Love the photos so far! Adding a few of my favorite people pictures, taken in December 2010.


I inadvertently interrupted a shave. When I pointed to my camera questioningly, they nodded and posed for me. This was in Old Delhi.


These girls spotted me taking pictures from a distance and came running over asking me to take theirs. They were delighted to see the result. This was in Jaipur.

I loved watching him work, sifting the grain. In Jaipur.

Such a cutie - loved his shy smile.

What a little beauty.

Agra - at the Taj Mahal.

At a puppet show... sorry, I don't remember where. He worked for the hotel.

These girls were on a low rooftop above me as I walked by, I believe in Bundi. I pointed to my camera and looked at them questioningly. They nodded and struck a pose.

Lovely woman.

Pure exuberance! This was the daughter at a home dinner we went to.

Such a great face.

Varanasi

Varanasi - they posed for me.

Varanasi
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Old Apr 21st, 2020, 11:55 AM
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Althom you have quite an eye for photography.

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Excellent portraits Althom. Thanks for posting, nice work!
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Love these all!
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Thanks for sharing lovely India photos.
Brings back many wonderful memories. Look at the smiles, their mood seems to be content and happy most of the time. They love tourists and enjoy posing for photos.
The architecture is always amazing in India.
Have a great weekend and be safe and healthy.
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Nice to see some regular pictures through your beautiful photographic eyes. All pictures are simpler but you made them extraordinary with your photography skill and knowledge. Thanks for sharing. India is looking like Bangladesh. Both countries are very similar to look.

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Originally Posted by Zubida View Post
Nice to see some regular pictures through your beautiful photographic eyes. All pictures are simpler but you made them extraordinary with your photography skill and knowledge. Thanks for sharing. India is looking like Bangladesh. Both countries are very similar to look.
They used to be one country. What is now Bangladesh was East Pakistan until 1971 when they split from West Pakistan and became an independent nation.
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They used to be one country. What is now Bangladesh was East Pakistan until 1971 when they split from West Pakistan and became an independent nation.
Used to be called East Bengal before it was renamed East Pakistan BTW
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Stunning photos you have here Nelson!
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Thanks but to be clear the good ones are from Althom.
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My beautiful niece at her sisters wedding in 2013.

My wife, Ashish and Abha

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I wanted to make some contribution to this thread. I don’t have any pictures of scenery or monuments or palaces or places but I do have family and I hope you enjoy it.
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Thank you for your contribution JW! Family is fine, our imagery is all water from the same well. I'm eating my heart out now coz my best work was done in India, but we are having difficulties uploading. God's Sense of Humour.
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. I don’t have any pictures of scenery or monuments or palaces or places but I do have family and I hope you enjoy it.
Your pictures are a lot more important. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful!
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