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 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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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.