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Colorful explosions: India photos from Delhi through Rajasthan to Taj Mahal in Agra.

March 10, 2015  •  1 Comment

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Women walking Mehtab Bagh, Moon Garden across from Taj Mahal in morning mist. Agra. India.Women walking Mehtab Bagh, Moon Garden across from Taj Mahal in morning mist. Agra. India._T9C9686

To travel in India is to be constantly awed by the colors, people, architectural wonders and incredible human resourcefulness.

It may be that the best exponents are found in the state of Rajasthan and in Agra where the famous Taj Mahal overshadows most other constructions in its beauty and magnificent size.

 

Street scene. Delhi. India.Street scene. Delhi. India._T9C6852

The markets are saturated with entrepreneurial people making a living. Positioned in proximity to the traffic – often in the middle of it – they show their products using colors and energy to get prospective buyers attention.

Women carry heavy burden on head. Chittaurgarh Citadel. 6th century. Rajasthan. India.Women carry heavy burden on head. Chittaurgarh Citadel. 6th century. Rajasthan. India._MG_5260

Women seems to carry the heaviest burdens. Construction workers must carry materials to the construction sites. Few machines are available for heavy work.

Flower vendor. Pink City. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Flower vendor. Pink City. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._T9C7010

Surprisingly it is mostly men that are active in market areas where flowers are sold and arranged.

Open Air Market. Udaipur Rajasthan. India.Open Air Market. Udaipur Rajasthan. India._MG_5468

Exceptions to the male rule can be found.

Colorful wedding costumes and sari. Model release. Pink City. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Colorful wedding costumes and sari. Model release. Pink City. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._MG_4898

Weddings are but one event where the colors are exploding. Wedding costumes and jewelry are magnificent.

Portrait of holy man. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Portrait of holy man. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._MG_0117

Many holy men with impressive beards and firm eye contact are willingly posing for the intrepid photographer.

Sheesh Gumbad. Lodi Garden. Ceiling. Delhi. Rajasthan. India.Sheesh Gumbad. Lodi Garden. Ceiling. Delhi. Rajasthan. India._T9C6952

The inside decorations of many Mosques and tombs are still visible in spite of the age. This Bara Gumbad ceiling is from 13th century.

Architectural detail. Diwan-i-Khas, Glass Palace. Hall of private Audience. Amber Fort. Jaipur Rajasthan. India.Architectural detail. Diwan-i-Khas, Glass Palace. Hall of private Audience. Amber Fort. Jaipur Rajasthan. India._T9C7521

The Amber Fort in Jaipur from the 16th and 17th centuries has multiple indoor decorations such as this Flower inspired glass inlays and carvings.

Palace of Flowers. Moti Mahal. Phool Mahal. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India.Palace of Flowers. Moti Mahal. Phool Mahal. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India._T9C8807

Whilst the clothing is colorful the indoor decorations are not wanting. The Palace of Flowers at Mehrangarh Fort from the 10th and 18th century is believed to be the private room where the Dancing Girls entertained the Maharajah.

Palace of Flowers. Moti Mahal. Phool Mahal. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India.Palace of Flowers. Moti Mahal. Phool Mahal. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India._T9C8817

Maharaja Takhat Singh built “Takhat Vila”  Inside the Mehrangarh Fort. It served as his residence. 17th Century.

Architectural detail. Amber Fort. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Architectural detail. Amber Fort. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._MG_9863

Detail over entrance to the Amber Fort in Jaipur. 16th and 17th Century.

Architectural detail. Amber Fort. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Architectural detail. Amber Fort. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._MG_9808

Amber Fort entrance. 16th and 17th century.

Small sundial. Jantar Mantar. Astronomy observatory. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Small sundial. Jantar Mantar. Astronomy observatory. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._T9C7592

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur consists of fourteen geometric devices. Built in the 16th century, they measure time, predict eclipses, track star locations, predict planet declinations, while determining celestial altitudes. 

Worlds largest Sundial. Jantar Mantar. Astronomy observatory. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Worlds largest Sundial. Jantar Mantar. Astronomy observatory. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._T9C7628

The Samrat Yantra meaning the Giant Sundial is the World’s biggest Sundial. At a height of 90 feet (27m) it can measure accurate celestial time at two seconds. The shadow moves one mm pr. Second.

Bas Relief. Jagdish Temp[le. Udaipur Rajasthan. India.Bas Relief. Jagdish Temp[le. Udaipur Rajasthan. India._MG_5461

Bas Reliefs are ubiquitous in Rajasthan temples. Visitors to Angkor Wat in Cambodia will observe the similarities. Clearly the Hindu culture was stretching thousands of miles in the 9th century.

Shive bass relief. Chittaurgarh Citadel. 6th century. Rajasthan. India.Shive bass relief. Chittaurgarh Citadel. 6th century. Rajasthan. India._T9C7883E

Shiva (Siva: The Auspicious One), the Destroyer or The Transformer is everywhere. 

Mural. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India.Mural. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India._T9C8739

Battle scene Mural at Mehrangarh Fort. Murals are ubiquitous.

Elephants guarding Palace hotel. Jag Niwas. Lake Pichola. James Bonds Octopussi movie. Udaipur Rajasthan. India.Elephants guarding Palace hotel. Jag Niwas. Lake Pichola. James Bonds Octopussi movie. Udaipur Rajasthan. India._T9C7989

The Palace hotel on Lake Pichola is on the small Island where scenes of the James Bond movie Octopussi were filmed. It is now an upscale Hotel. Elephants are guarding the entrance. Access is only possible by boat.

Henna decoration. Udaipur Rajasthan. India.Henna decoration. Udaipur Rajasthan. India._T9C8147

Henna is used for hair and skin dyes. The Body Art beautifies Indian women. When photographing women they make sure that the Henna decorations are dominant in the image.

Military on decorated camels. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Military on decorated camels. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._MG_5578 Camels – actually Dromedaries – are used throughout the Thar Desert for transportation. During the annual Desert Festival in Jaisalmer these magnificent animals are decorated and showcased in front of locals and tourists.

Indigenous people. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Indigenous people. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._T9C8182

Cultural displays from the Thar Desert and indigenous peoples are on display during the days of the desert Festival.

Indigenous people. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Indigenous people. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._T9C8208

Spooky colors are meant to induce fear and create respect from strangers.

Woman in Sari carrying heavy burden on head. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Woman in Sari carrying heavy burden on head. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._T9C8229

Beautiful women parading their carrying techniques during the Desert Festival.

Man with turban participating in the moustache competition. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Man with turban participating in the moustache competition. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._MG_5843

The Grand Moustache competition is an integral part of the Desert Festival.

Dancing women in sari. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Dancing women in sari. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._MG_5606

Beautiful Saris are are showcased by the Dancing troupe.

Dancing women in sari. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Dancing women in sari. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._MG_5779

Women dancing in front of the Camel honor Guard under the Golden Sandstone Fort. Jaisalmer Fort.

Portrait of man smoking pipe. Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India.Portrait of man smoking pipe. Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India._T9C8723

Old Man enjoying his Water Pipe at Mehrangarh Fort.

Architectural detail. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India.Architectural detail. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India._MG_5939

Architectural Detail. Golden Sandstone Fort.  Man in yellow Turban looks out of Window. 

Woman in Sari. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India.Woman in Sari. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India._MG_6058

Woman in Sari enters her house..

Smoking woman. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India.Smoking woman. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India._MG_6359

Village life is very different from big cities, The Village of Fatehpur Sikri is close to Bharatpur, but villagers have their own relaxed pace. Smoking Woman.

Man pumping water. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India.Man pumping water. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India._T9C9090

Man pumping Water. Water is pumped from Ground Water pumps like this manual pump. Village of  Fatehpur Sikri. 

Woman cooking food. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India.Woman cooking food. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India._MG_6388

Cooking is an outdoor chore in Fatehpur Sikri. Woman cooking over open wood fire.

Woman portrait. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India.Woman portrait. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India._T9C9136

Village life from Fatehpur Sikri. Farm Worker going Home.

Panorama. Taj Mahal in morning mist. Agra. India.Panorama. Taj Mahal in morning mist. Agra. India._MG_6686E

Panorama of Taj Mahal in early morning light. Taj Mahal or “Crown of Palaces” is built in White Marble. It is built around a Mausoleum which houses the remains of Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of the 15th Century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Taj Mahal at sunset. Agra. India.Taj Mahal at sunset. Agra. India._T9C9566

Taj Mahal in late and warm sunset light

Inside Mausoleum. Taj Mahal. Agra. India.Inside Mausoleum. Taj Mahal. Agra. India._T9C9419

Inside the Mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of the 15th Century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

White Marble with colored inlays of Flowers inspired decorations.

Reflection in water. Taj Mahal at sunset. Agra. India.Reflection in water. Taj Mahal at sunset. Agra. India._T9C9560

Man washes in front of Taj Mahal in warm sunset light.

 

 

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Tom Barnwell(non-registered)
Great photos, as usual! Looks like a great trip.
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