Climbing to Savitri Temple — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walking Paths and Trails

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walking Paths and Trails.

The Savitri Temple on the Ratnagiri hill in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, is dedicated to the first wife of Lord Brahma. It was built in 1687, behind the Brahma Temple farther away at ground level.  It took us an hour in 2014 to climb this hill, with frequent stops for rest. The path begins and ends with concrete steps, but in between it is made of large rocks set roughly as steps. The steepest parts of the climb are inclined 45 degrees or more.

In 2016, a cable car between the Brahma Temple and Savitri Temple was opened to the public.  The views may be as spectacular, but not as well-earned as the trek to the top of the hill.

This photo was taken on November 3, 2014. It was converted to black and white with selective color (green tree branches) using Silver Efex Pro. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/8.0, 1/160 sec, 4.5 mm