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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

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.

Heading Home + Jaipur IV

01.10.2012, Ranakpur

I got up early and started scouting for birds. I had about half an hour until the sun would have climbed above the hills to give me some good light and I could start shooting. Scouting went well, but I wasn’t really successful with the shooting, but well, I didn’t worry too much about it, nothing pushed me, I just wanted to relax a bit. After a while I went back to my room and took a little nap, as I just had some time to kill. A while later I was woken up by a knock on my door, it was one guy from the Forest Office staff, who wanted to collect the entry fees for yesterdays forest visit. A little background info about that: Continue reading

The big dissapointment

30.09.2012, Ranakpur

Once again, my day started early and after a bad night I had still a slight headache. It was 7:30am when I met the guide and had breakfast: cornflakes with milk and Ibuprofen. We started one hour later to begin our tour, the plan, as I remembered: 5km to a lake, taking pictures all day, returning in the evening. Continue reading

A not so busy day

29.09.2012, Ranakpur

5:30am: it was time to start the day. I calmly packed my stuff, took a nap for a few minutes and went down to the forest office. It was early to get breakfast at the hotel, but well, I quickly bought a few more cookies. I had already noticed it when I woke up, but it got more intensive now: headache. It seems like my body isn’t used to getting up early anymore. Communication was a bit complicated again and I wasn’t sure if I could make clear what I really wanted. We agreed that they will to the 3km tour with me at the beginning, while they called another guy, okay. Continue reading

Temple Time

28.09.2012, Ranakpur

Well, getting up at around 6am was maybe a bit optimistic. With a little delay of 3hours I started my day, stepped out of the hotel building and walked around the area. I heard quite a few peacocks, but still wasn’t successful to get a shot. Instead I was able to get quite a few good shots of dragonflies, I even saw two of them mating, but respected their privacy (or in other words: I was to slow to capture it). I was shooting around for an hour and had breakfast afterwards. Unfortunately I had a problem again with my tele lens, the same one why I sent it in for service. Shooting is nearly impossible now; though that’s the lens I really need here. Let’s see, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Continue reading

My next week

It’s my last week in India now and there was one thing, that we missed while traveling around Rajasthan: The Jain Temples in Ranakpur. Ranakpur is 3hours north of Udaipur if you take the bus and usually tourist groups stop here for two hours when they go from Jodhpur to Udaipur or vice versa. Ranakpur itself is said to be just a village, with a few very expensive hotels, and 1-2 budget options. The Temples (there is one major one and two smaller ones) are said to be surrounded by forest/jungle and are made of marble. Tourists I spoke with a while ago in Udaipur told me it would be in the same league as the Taj Mahal. Well, I don’t expect too much, but it really sounds interesting. Continue reading