Camel Carts at Pushkar — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Drive

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Drive (ride, pilot or captain).

Camel carts are a popular ride at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India. Here is a lineup of carts waiting for tourists who want to experience the stalls and other amusements at the fair from the relative safety of a jostling, tilting, thinly-padded dusty seat behind a surprisingly-docile steed.  The camel pulling our cart has posed for us, showing his best side.

This photo was taken on October 31, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/5.0, 1/125 sec, 10.29 mm.

Fellow Sightseers on the Road To Pushkar

One of the things that always astounds us as we travel in India is the number of monkeys by the roadside. This is one group we saw as we were being driven into Pushkar for the annual camel fair. It was interesting to observe that they were doing exactly what we were doing — sightseeing.

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This photo was taken on Nov 3, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/6.3, 18mm, 1/250 sec.

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

Ambulate, you Ungulate! – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Forward

This is our entry for Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Forward.

This camel was one of thousands at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, in 2014.

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Pushkar Camel

 

Specs are:

Olympus Tough TG-1, ISO 100, f/3.8, 1/200 sec, 12 mm

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Alleys, Driveways, Parking Lots, Dirt Roads

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Traffic in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

 

This picture was taken as we were trying to leave Pushkar in the state of Rajastan, India. This dirt road was the much-overworked way out for those seeking to leave after the more commercial (and fun) days of the Pushkar Camel Fair and the way in for the pilgrims arriving for the religious days. Inexplicably, in that time of year with the most traffic, huge chunks of the road were dug up and blocked off on the left side of the road, forcing inbound buses to navigate cautiously around the corners of buildings at the edge of the road. The assistant driver for the bus labeled TOURIST has climbed down from his perch on top of the bus to help direct the bus driver past the pink building on the right. The assistant driver (bare feet, black pants) is standing in the road directly in front of the driver, while the man to the right (in gray pants) is either another assistant driver or just a local kibitzer. Notice other passengers on top of the bus.

We met other buses ahead of this bus. There is a bus (visible in the photo) behind it, another bus behind that one, and so on.

This picture was taken in October, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3: ISO 100, 1/400 sec, f/6.3, 85 mm