In November 2014, we visited the Manvar Desert Camp, at milestone 110 on National Highway 114 from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer in the Indian state of Rajasthan. At night by campfire light, we were treated to a performance by traditional dancers and musicians. The young woman in red in the photo is twirling in front of three seated musicians in white costumes.
This photo was taken on November 10, 2014. Specs are:
In November 2014, we rode a narrow gauge local train between Sardargarh and Phulad, a distance of 44 kilometers (about 27 miles), in the state of Rajasthan, India. For the beginning half of the trip, we sat on bench seats next to a window and took pictures. Each train window had 4 horizontal metal bars, which were not a problem, because our camera was small enough to fit between the bars. However, as the scenery grew more interesting, we were invited to sit on the steps for an unobstructed view – which was terrifying at times, but we did it.
The train passes through the Ravli Sanctuary, with 100-foot-high bridges, two long tunnels (where the guide and other passengers made erie sounds for the echo effect), a (now dry) waterfall, and thick jungle. The track was cut out of the side of the cliff, with steep drops on one side of the train. There is a change of 1000 feet in elevation, downward. This railroad was built in 1928 by the British.
The image below was taken forward from our seat on the steps, and other passengers can be seen sitting on steps and leaning outward for a better view. There were no seatbelts.
This photo was taken on November 14, 2014. Specs are:
Olympus Tough TG-3, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/800 sec, 4.5 mm
In November 2014, we visited Jaisalmer in the state of Rajasthan, India, as part of a five-week tour of India. Near the end of a walking tour on our first afternoon in Jaisalmer, we visited Gadsisar Sagar Lake, a beautiful lake surrounded by ghats and temples, and watched boys and young men feed the sacred catfish. With this calm image in mind, we walked through the neighborhoods between the lake and our hotel, with our guide pointing out the beautiful architecture and fretwork in the local golden sandstone. (Jaisalmer is known as the Golden City.)
As we were walking through a narrow street, we came upon a cow standing with its front feet on the top step of a home (back feet on the street), with its nose pressed to the window in the top half of the door. Our guide explained that each family at dinner time cooks three extra chapatis: one for the dog, one for the gypsies, and one for the cow. This cow was waiting for its chapati.
We never found out, but we certainly hope the cow got its chapati.
This photo was taken on November 7, 2014. Specs are:
The subject of this photo was one of the kindest and most gentle people we met in India. He is a hermit who, over 20 years ago, left civilization and gave up speech because of unfair treatment by his family. The hermit lives in the tree from which the bells are hung and most of his belongings are shown in the photograph. The little he had, he attempted to share with us. He is considered a holy man by the local people.
We were introduced to the hermit by the Maharaj of Sardargarh who is both literally and figuratively a prince in his own right. The maharaj was acting as our guide and only when we asked did he mention that he owned the magnificent fort (Sardargarh Heritage Hotel) we were staying in. Our stay there is one of our best memories from India.