Varanasi smells like urine during the day, it smells like the pee of several men and I imagine that it has been that way for a long time, but for many years the water of the Ganges was transparent. It seems impossible that people bathe, wash clothes and carry out their cleaning routines along the river, while elsewhere they cremate the dead.
I went to Rajasthan last year from a workshop for photojournalism. I felt like I was revisiting all the
cultural aspects of India which are slowly being swallowed by modernity. I felt like I was cradled in the vibrant colors of life. I loved it all.
Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, southern India. It is also the fourth largest city in the country. It is located in the Gulf of Bengale, and it has a population of about 8 million people, so it is within the 40 largest cities in the world. Madras was part of British India. It was founded in the seventeenth century by the East India Company, to be a commercial port, and take and bring products to the UK. You can still visit the fortifications of the city, who witness the colonial presence. Madras was the capital of India's protectorate. Be sure not to come during the monsoon season, from October to December, though it is much stronger in the southwest. Madras is linked with direct flights to Europe, Air France and British Airways, also has good train connection, you can get to Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi every day. The city's bus station is enormous so be careful not to get lost in it, as it is quite easy to do so. The bus station has buses that link directly to the Pondicherry or Mahabalipuram ruins.
Travelling around India has been one of the most interesting experiences I have had. I was with eight friends having a great time for about a month. The rest of the time we were only two and that allowed us to meet the locals and integrate in the culture. We traveled a lot, many trains, many buses with virtually no privacy. That's one of the wonders of India, you are NEVER alone. But these pictures are moments when I felt like saying "my favorite corner." It felt like a magical place where there was no one but me. Hope you enjoy them.
Situated in western Rajhastan, Jaisalmer is a city where tourists do not tend to venture, but it is a spectacular city, known as the city of the desert. It is a place great to spend a few days and experience desert life, if you are lucky enough you will see remote villages in the desert. The best area to stay is certainly within the fort, in the old city, although the lonely planet recommended not to stay because of the water problems, but I can tell you, there is no problem. The fort is a tremendous place to stay, in addition to its spectacular views there is also a famous desert festival
This is a very interesting city to rest or have meditation courses. I like to go sometimes on the weekends but there are many distractions because it has a lot of trade in its streets, and the parks are nice, you can walk along the beach, but what I find most special is a temple of the god called ganhesa which at certain times has an ornate elephant that is trained to deposit coins in his trunk and then blesses his head.
This is where I learned that His Holiness, the Dalai Lama dictates:
1. Do not Think About the past or what may happen in the future
2. Let the mind flow of its own accord without thought
3. Observe the mind's nature of luminous clarity
4. Hold on to this experience
The mountains, the high altitude landscape and cultural diversity of Ladakh are elements that surprise any traveler who enjoys discovering places by their own means. The region is located 3500 meters above sea level, and has a lunar landscape, the air is very pure and there is very strong Tibetan culture. It is certainly a good place for those seeking a different type of place.
Panaji is the capital of Goa. With the Indian heat and a hint of Portuguese tradition, it has a fascinating cultural mix, almost reminiscent of Brazil. It can be reached by bus (see the Panjim bus station-Kadamba Bus Terminus), and is really quite interesting to visit. The nightlife is lively, and the locals are friendly. It's nice to wander the streets, discovering the old Portuguese houses.
Khajuraho is a fairly quiet town, the hotel infrastructure is limited, since its only attractions are the erotic temples nearby. It's best to hire a tuk-tuk, one kind of "motor-car" that takes you almost suicidal speed .. there is little asphalt road, the driver has a broad smile, tells you and helps you ...! Stuff from India! Buy "star" in Khajuraho are the booklets of Kamasutra .. And strangely enough, have them in all languages and you sell them for 1 euro change can also find ashtrays, figurines and shirts (not suitable for the timid) with figures of the temples ..
You can find history, culture, arts, different societies, science and off course the birthplace of the great Swami Vivekanand.
In the morning start for a city tour conducted by wbtdc. It will cover almost all the places.
Later in the evening go to Park Street to enjoy the nightlife.There u can find almost all types of pub,restaurants.
And then safely return to your hotel before 9:30 via the metro train,the first underground metro in India. If u want to enjoy cool breeze of the mighty ganges (hooghly river) You can take a tram ride to the princep ghat.Sitting on the window seat of the tram itself will give you great peace.The tram of Kolkata is the first tramways system in Asia.
A small city or a large town, which has not yet been discovered by occidental tourism. It has many attractions including the abandoned Grand Palace, visible from any point in the city. But above all, what makes this place unique is the festival that is held every year in summer, which makes Bundi an important pilgrimage place. The picture was taken in the access to the train station of Bundi, a day before the festival started.
This is a small city or a large town, which has not yet been invaded by Western tourism. It has many attractions including the Grand Palace which is visible anywhere in the city. What makes this place unique is the festival that is held every summer, which makes Bundi in an important pilgrimage. The photo is taken in the access to railway station Bundi.
The roads in India are not measured in kilometres, but in hours. I didn't understand why until I took a bus trip. It took about 4 hours to travel a distance of just 90 kilometres. We had to stop in endless traffic, and there were animals occupying the road. Meanwhile, the traveller receives smiles, looks of amazement and a huge amount of stimuli.