In 2011, 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.

Delhi to Katmandu, Part 3.

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.

Local shop, on my way to Agra railway station – Agra, October 2010

Some photos were taken through a coach or train (or aeroplane) window, so I apologise for the quality in advance.

Lots of cows. Agra october 2010

Oh, another one. The toilet is behind the cow and to the right. Agra October 2010

One thing we saw consistently was poverty. 

The platform, both directions. Agra Railway Station – October 2010.

Your eyes are not deceiving you, he is sweeping up the railway lines. – October 2010

And he was still smiling.

Our Nepalese guide having a shoe shine.

You met some amazing characters


Hmmmm, where is that damn train?

Time for lunch

The next few shots are from the train as it was moving.

Farmers out in the fields, also where they live.  October 2010

The next shots speak for themselves so I won’t comment. Yes, there are some cows.

My neck is aching just watching them. October  2010

The women definitely appeared to be the most industrious – October 2010

Jhansi station. October 2010

 From here a short trip to the hotel.

 

The Shop

The Accommodation – October 2010

Marks & Spencer – October 2010

Not too much off the back please. Jhansi October 2010

We arrive at the hotel. I put in a few photos because it was such a beautiful place to stay. Had a very colonial feel about it.

Curry and Japatis for dinner.

Our Porters await us while we have a G&T – 2010

Views from our hotel bedroom.

The room was excellent

Views from the roof of the hotel

Tomorrow is walkabout.

The end

I hope you managed to stay awake, if so there will be a Part 4 next week. I go walkabout, so there will be lots of pictures of the local town of Jhansi.

 Photographs copyrighted to Harvey Black.

In 2011, 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.

Delhi to Katmandu, Part 2.

The journey continues…

It was difficult to imagine the sites getting any better after a fabulous visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra, but the adventure continued to capture my imagination.

Cows were a regular feature – Agra, October 2010

Some photos were taken through a coach or train (or aeroplane) window, so I apologise for the quality in advance.

My first visit was to the Agra Marble Emporium.  This long established art form of marble inlay was brought to India in the 17th century by the Mughals.

Craftsman at work, Agra marble Emporium – 2010

Beautiful piece of work…


….and another….


…this was part of a marble table top.

My next visit took me to the Agra Fort, or the Red Fort. Agra played an important role at the center of the Mughal Empire.

Agra Fort, more of a walled city. – Agra, October 2010

Agra Fort. Originally a brick fort held by the Hindu Sikarwar Rajputs. First mentioned in 1080 AD. Photo 2010

The Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra – 2010

Even got to see Ghandi – Agra Fort, 2010

The walls, and the architecture, were impressive – Agra Fort

The Fort was clearly visited by local and distant schools – Agra Fort, 2010

It was an Architect’s dream – Agra Fort, 2010

More gorgeous outfits.

Agra Fort

The view towards the Taj Mahal from the Red Fort – 2010

View from the upper levels.

These were regular guests

Seemed quite relaxed around us, but I kept a close watch on my hat.

The marble inlay was beautiful.

No words needed…

Hair colour that matches your shirt…

It was a huge site, close to a full days visit.

Agra Fort – October 2010

My next journey was southeast to the ancient town of Orchha,  continuing by train.

Agra railway station – 2010


Off on a journey, leaving with a friendly smile – Agra Station 2010

The end

I hope you managed to stay awake, if so there will be a part 3 next week.

 Photographs copyrighted to Harvey Black.

In 2011, 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 reviewing my second draft of Devils with Wings: Frozen Sun, and starting on my new ‘Cold War’ series. So please just enjoy the pictures.

And, the first thing we saw was the ubiquitous Snake Charmer

With Cobra, he repeatedly tapped on the head to make it angry…..

Our first journey was by coach, and, as you can see, they all used ‘clean fuel’ in India….

Once off the coach we travelled around Delhi by Rickshaw. A experience in itself.

The Health and Safety Executive would have had kittens seeing this lot above their heads.

A bit of a traffic jam.

I found the locals to be welcoming and friendly.

…and well dressed.

On Day 2, we headed off on the train to see the Taj Mahal. This what welcomed us at the station.

The train journey itself was an eye opener

All along the side of the railway were dwellings like these.

This one looks like a shop.

But, they have satellite TV.

Probably off to get water, it was about 0800 in the morning.

We were looking at this from the comfort of a train….

…being served Tea and Curry. Yes Curry for breakfast. It was all very Colonial.

I wasn’t sure about these. Did they live on the railway line? Or rail workers living on the job.

Arrive at the other end, Tuk, Tuks await us.

The approach to the Taj Mahal

The Gateway.

The first glimpse.

The unveiling

My photography doesn’t do it justice.

The traditional dress was amazing.

You have to stand in front of it to truly appreciate its beauty.

Everyone person met, was friendly and approachable.

These guys insisted on having a photo taken with us as well.

No words needed.

I’m the one with the hat and the plastic bags on my feet…

View of the River Yamuna from the Taj Mahal

Another shot of the Yamuna.

I was weary at the end of the day as well.

The end

I hope you managed to stay awake, if so there will be a part 2 next week.

 Photographs copyrighted to Harvey Black.