Around Ranakpur I

A great thing about monkeys living around cities and villages are that they are accustomed to people. So it is easier to get close to the animals and still be able to capture authentic behavior.

Bathing in the sun

The Jain Temple in Ranakpur

Often considered as on par to the Taj Mahal is the less famous Jain Temple in Ranakpur. It’s hard to even label Ranakpur a village, it appears to be not much more than a bus stop with a kiosk and a hotel, all set in a beautiful valley surrounded by forest.

View of the Temple, as seen next from the hotel

The temple is still in active use, so tourists are only allowed to visit after noon. Like the Taj Mahal it is made of marble which is richly carved.

Inner part of the temple
Detail of the ceiling

There are 1444 pillars, and each of them is carved differently.

Details

In addition to the main temple there are some smaller temples around Ranakpur.

Smaller Temple next to Ranakpur

Pushkar’s Monkeys

A personal highlight from Pushkar were some good monkey shots I was able to take. Have a look.

Little Parkour Session at sunrise
Portrait
Above the city at dusk

Colorful Pushkar

Pushkar is an important religious site for Hindus and became also popular among western hippies decades ago. Even though is religious importance it is a quiet little city with hardly any cars driving around

Colours are displayed for sale, even though it wasn’t Holi time.
A little market. In the background is the Main(!) Road of the city

Living inside the fort

Jaisalmer – the golden city – is one of the few cities which still has a living fort.

The second of the three gates on the way inside the fort

As this is the main road into the fort it is obvious why there aren’t many cars inside, making it very relaxed to walk.

Merchants selling rugs in front of the innermost gate
Entering through the gate brought one to a little square
Living inside the fort

It is quite obvious why Jaisalmer is called the golden city. The nicely sculpted sandstone decorated many houses.

View from the forts wall onto the rest of the city

From City to City

Some impressions while travelling – from state capitals to charming smaller towns.

Rajasthan’s state capital: Jaipur, with its over 3mio inhabitants, has the byname pink city. Not extremely photogenic, but a good starting point for travelling through Rajasthan.

Jaipur at sunset as seen from the hotel

Really useful while travelling via bus are the many street vendors selling food and drinks at every smaller stop. You don’t even have to leave the bus.

Street vendor

Much smaller, but more charming and with very friendly people: Bundi with its impressive Taragarh Fort.

Abandoned part of the Taragarh Fort. Indiana Jones would love it
Perfect conditions for parkour

From the pink city, to Bundi, to the blue city: Jodhpur. No questions why it’s called this way.

Jodhpur

Painted storks in Keoladeo National Park

Similar to yesterdays picture, another situation where it was worth to get up early in the morning.

Painted storks in Keoladeo National Park

The park had a lively population of different birds, but you should bring something more than 200mm of focal length.

The Taj Mahal

The last years were unexpectedly quiet when it came to photography projects. Fortunately I found some time to edit many of those pictures, which were still waiting on my computer to get published. So let’s start with an image of the Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal at Sunrise

The sky wasn’t the most rewarding, but I think it was still worth to get up at 5 a.m.

Faces of Delhi

Bored shopkeeper at Meena Bazaar (inside the Red Fort) offering jewellery:

 

Old street vendor at Chadni Chowk, selling food:
Man at the Cycle Market at Chadni Chowk fixing a rim:
Man outside of Jama Masjid, staring at the mosque: