Delhi to Katmandu, Part 7 

In 2010, I went on an amazing trip, from Delhi to Katmandu. I just want to use this Post to share with you some of the photographs I took on the way. Both were amazing countries and India was particularly vibrant and exciting. Some of the photos were taken through vehicle windows, so i apologise for the poor quality. I don’t propose to write very much, Although I have finished editing my third novel,  Devils with Wings: Frozen Sun, I have started on my new ‘Cold War’ series. So please just enjoy the pictures. The journey continues…

After an evening on the River Ganges, we went back the next day to see the sunrise.

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As the Ganges is a sacred river, there were lots of Holy Men around, October 2010

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Holy Men on the steps down to the river. October 2010.

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Holy Man, River Ganges. October 2010.

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Holy Man. October 2010.

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….and another. October 2010

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 Time to go down to the river. October 2010

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Amazing, the banks of the River Ganges, Varanasi. October 2010.

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Floating shops. October 2010.

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The Ganges. October 2010

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Shoreline of the Ganges.

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Varanasi. Regarded as a holy city by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. October 2010.

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Such a vibrant city.  October 2010.

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There are 100 Ghats along the shoreline in Varanasi. October 2010.

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Most of the ghats are bathing ghats.

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It was a busy river.

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Sunrise upon us soon.

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Another bathing ghat.

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Bathing ghat. But the water was far from clean.

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A bathing ghat for the men. They often walked miles to bathe in the river, go to work, bathe again in the evening then walk home.

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One of the holy men passing on advice.

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Silk factory by the Ahilya ghat.

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Bathing ghat.

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A floating shop. October 2010.

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The local launderette.

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The sun makes an appearance.

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….a bit more.

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Amazing to watch.

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Stunning.

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Kedar ghat in Varanasi.

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There were a mixture of bathing and cremation ghats. 

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Early morning meditation.

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The public crematorium.

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A cremation ghat. After the cremation, the bones and ashes of the deceased are thrown into the Ganges. Don’t forget, it is where they bathe as well.

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View of the Ganges shoreline.

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Another cremation ghat.

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Back ashore. Yes, it’s a cow.

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A holy man.

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Amazing characters.

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Chicken stoo anyone?

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The end

I hope you managed to stay awake, if so there will be a Part 8 next week. Heading for Nepal…

 Photographs and Blog copyrighted to Harvey Black.

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Delhi to Katmandu, Part 6 In 2010, I went on an amazing trip, from Delhi to Katmandu. I just want to use this Post to share with you some of the photographs I took on the way. Both were amazing countries and India was particularly vibrant and exciting. Some of the photos were taken through vehicle windows, so i apologise for the poor quality. I don’t propose to write very much, Although I have finished editing my third novel,  Devils with Wings: Frozen Sun, I have started on my new ‘Cold War’ series. So please just enjoy the pictures. The journey continues…

Back in the coach, heading for the River Ganges.

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Local Internet cafe for Goats, October 2010

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We passed a school on route. October 2010.

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Yes, more Goats.

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…and pink is back in fashion. October 2010.

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Brother and Sister. October 2010

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 October 2010

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On our way, we stopped off at the Vamana Temple. Close by, this young girl was washing her hair at the communal water pump. October 2010.

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Vamana Temple, Khajuraho, India. October 2010.

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Vamana Temple. October 2010

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Vamana Temple.

She happily posed for the photograph. October 2010.

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Vamana Temple. Dedicated to Vamana, incarnation of  Vishnu. October 2010.

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Vamana is described in the Puranic texts of Hinduism as the Fifth Avatar of Vishnu, and the first incarnation of the Second Age, or the Treta yoga.  October 2010.

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No idea what it was, but I was not picking it up. October 2010.

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Prayer time.

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Using rice and beans to keep track.

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We continued our journey to the River Ganges, but stopped over at a local school on the way.

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They were well behaved considering our interruption.

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Small classroom.

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The school.

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Playground.

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Classrooms were small and quite dark.

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No desks.

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He was the cheeky one. We took pencils, paper, books and chocolate. October 2010.

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The power of the digital camera.

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Arrived at our destination. The back of our Rickshaw driver.

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….and they’re off.

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He eventually overtook the Tuk-Tuk. You could hire them for a full day for 100 rupees (about £1).

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We arrive at the Varanasi Ghat. October 2010.

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Sat in boats, we watched one of the Varanasi festivals.

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After the festival we headed down the Ganges to see one of the Ghats.

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There were a mixture of bathing and cremation Ghats, this one obviously has a cremation in progress.

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We go back to the Ganges the next day to see the sunrise. So, there will be some daylight photographs of the Ghats and the local area.

The end

I hope you managed to stay awake, if so there will be a Part 6 next week. I take a boat ride down the Ganges and see an amazing sunrise..

 Photographs and Blog copyrighted to Harvey Black.

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Delhi to Katmandu, Part 5

In 2010, I went on an amazing trip, from Delhi to Katmandu. I just want to use this Post to share with you some of the photographs I took on the way. Both were amazing countries and India was particularly vibrant and exciting. Some of the photos were taken through vehicle windows, so i apologise for the poor quality.

I don’t propose to write very much, I am supposed to be editing my third novel,  Devils with Wings: Frozen Sun, and starting on my new ‘Cold War’ series. So please just enjoy the pictures.

The journey continues….

This part will just be focussed on the Varaha Temple in Khajaraho. The temple was amazing and although some of the carvings were damaged they were still outstanding. I will write very little (hooray), I think the photos speak for themselves.

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments are in the town of Khajuraho, October 2010

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The town is in the state of Madhya Pradesh, located in the Chhatarpur District about 380 miles southeast of New Delhi. October 2010.

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The Khajuraho Group of Monuments  has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to be one of the ‘seven wonders’ of India.

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Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. – October 2010

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Tantric figure. October 2010

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Sandstone carvings. October 2010

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Sandstone carvings.

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Shiva.  October 2010.

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The intricately sculpted southern wall of  Lakshamana Temple. October 2010.

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Shiva and Godess Laxmi with mythical animals to the left.

The intricately sculpted southern wall of  Lakshamana Temple. October 2010.

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Shiva.


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The grounds were beautifully kept.

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They cut the grass by hand using small scythes.

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Western Group of temples, Chandela dynasty between AD 950 and 1050.

Sculptures inside one of the temples.

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Sculptures inside one of the temples.

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Beautiful Sari.

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Warriors on horseback on their way to battle.

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Warriors on their way to battle.

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Warriors mounted on war elephants, october 2010

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The next few speak for themselves. Southern temple.  October 2010

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The horse is not smiling – October 2010

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Priest with his disciples,  dancing and singing Bhajans – Lakshmana temple – October 2010.

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 October 2010.

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2010.

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Procession with drums, trumpets and conches.

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Carved South wall of Kendriya Mahadeva.

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Carved South wall of Kendriya Mahadeva with couple in Mithuna.

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Breathtaking.

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Time to go…

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Front entrance to the hotel.

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Just glad we didn’t have this one.

The end

I hope you managed to stay awake, if so there will be a Part 6 next week. I continue my journey East.

 Photographs copyrighted to Harvey Black.

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Delhi to Katmandu, Part 4

In 2010, I went on an amazing trip, from Delhi to Katmandu. I just want to use this Post to share with you some of the photographs I took on the way. Both were amazing countries and India was particularly vibrant and exciting. Some of the photos were taken through vehicle windows, so i apologise for the poor quality.

I don’t propose to write very much, I am supposed to be editing my third novel,  Devils with Wings: Frozen Sun, and starting on my new ‘Cold War’ series. So please just enjoy the pictures.

The journey continues…

We started off from Agra’s railway station. Heading for Orchha, but stopping at Jhansi on the way. Just watching and being around the local population was fascinating and you were never bored. Even if you had a long wait, there was always something to catch your eye.

Saying goodbye to the Hotel at Jhansi, October 2010

Some of the Hotel staff, beautiful outfits. October 2010.

Our next trip took us to Orchha, where we got to explore the town and visit Orchha Palace.

This is an Emporium, an Indian Art Gallery…October 2010

Orchha, a town in the Tikamgarh district of  Madhya Pradesh State. October 2010

Orchha Palace. The town of Orchha was established by Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh in 1501.

Orchha Palace. October 2010

He became the first King of Orchha, but died in an attempt to save a cow from a Lion.

Such gentle creatures. Orchha October 2010.

Once inside, it was easy to find a toilet. A sign outside the toilet indicated that foreigners didn’t have to pay.  A couple of people stood in front of the sign, hiding it. Many went to the kiosk (well a table and two chairs outside) and paid. When i discovered this I went and go my money back. A good scam though.

Orchha Palace.  October 2010.


Orchha Palace. The palace-fort consists of several connected buildings built at different times. October 2010.

More of the palace-fort.

Within the fort complex is the Raaj Mahal.

Religious murals in the Orchha palace-fort. October 2010.

I found the murals breathtaking, the photos don’t do them justice.

Palace-fort

Palace-fort

One of our guides demonstrating the purpose of the doorway’s particular design. Used for prayer.

Palace-fort

A photographers dream.

An indication of its size.

More detail. Orchha Palace-fort. October 2010.

It was quite late by the time we finished the tour.

The next day our guide took us off piste to visit a local village.

Yes, they are cows.

They were friendly and pleased to see us.

They loved to look at the pictures on the camera afterwards and often asked for a second photo so they could pose.

Naan bread. beats anything you can get in the UK.

As poor as they were, they never seemed to stop smiling. They all appeared clean and smart.

One of the homes.

These small pots were used for a side order of olives or for wine.

Time to go, our journey taking us through the inner part of the village.

Back on the coach. On our way to the temples at Khajuraho and the famous kamasutra carvings.

Lots of small businesses.

Open all hours.

Lunch? Maybe not. Orchha, october 2010

Never have to worry about spare parts for your bike.  October 2010

It was surprising how much rubbish was left lying around, animals often rummaged for food.

They seemed oblivious to it.  – Orchha, October 2010.

This was a mini factory, shop and home. Orchha – October 2010

Roadworks.

Time to take the family shopping. Orchha – October 2010.

Tented areas like these (plastic sheeting) were a regular occurrence. Orchha 2010.

Yes, I am a mountain goat!!

Just a taster for the next Post. Varaha Temple October 2010.

The end

I hope you managed to stay awake, if so there will be a Part 5 next week. I visit the Varaha Temple in Khajaraho. The Post will just cover that visit, the pictures are astounding.

 Photographs copyrighted to Harvey Black.

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