The colours of India: Tiger Fort

The colours of India: Tiger Fort

Welcome back! Our photo essay recounting a journey through India is nearly over, but we still have a few more to go! So far, we’re visited the Taj Mahal,  Wagah, the Golden Temple, Pushkar, Varanasi and New Delhi, and met many beautiful people along the way. Now, I would like to welcome you to the Tiger Fort. Tiger Fort, more formally known as Nahargarh Fort, Tiger Fort overlooks the beautiful city of Jaipur and the Hawa Mahal (pictured below). The Hawa Mahal is known as “Palace of the Winds” and was built in 1799 in order to allow royal ladies to observe the happenings of their kingdom without being seen.

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The colours of India: It’s not the destination, it’s the journey…

The colours of India: It’s not the destination, it’s the journey…

Greetings readers and welcome back to this photo journey through India. Up until now, we’ve visited places like the Taj Mahal, the Golden Temple, Wagah, Pushkar and Varanasi, all with specific attractions – ancient wonders, sacred rivers, and mystical temples – that draw tourists from near or far. One of the things I learned in India however – and the reason for which I chose to venture away from my wordy stories while telling this particular tale – is that despite the incredible experience of visiting a famous landmark or stepping into a city steeped in tradition – the unexpected is what sticks in your mind and is what often shapes the memory of your visit. From a cup of tea shared with a wise man selling scarves, to eating street food by the water’s edge in Bombay, nothing takes you out of the guide book and into your own adventure quite like small joys found throughout your travels, which are often the circumstance of  spontaneity.

The pictures below were taken en route from one place to another and captured some of my most vivid memories of the Indian people. The beauty, and the colours of a people so diverse that no story, no one history and certainly no blog written by a wandering giraffe can possibly do them justice. So, instead, here is a sample of my (informal) encounters with the people of India as seen en route from one destination to the next…

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The colours of India: Pushkar

The colours of India: Pushkar

This is the continuation of a photo essay documenting my travels through India! Grab a cup of chai and join me on my journey… don’t forget to visit the Taj Mahal, the Golden Temple, and Wagah while you’re here!

Welcome to Pushkar. As you can see below, the city of Pushkar, located in Rajasthan, lies next to a lake, Pushkar Lake to be exact. The lake itself is a sacred place for Hindus as it holds close association to Brahma, the creator. The holiest of temples dedicated to Brahma also lies in Pushkar and is an incredibly spiritual place. It is believed that a swim in the lake can cleanse both body and soul. While I merely grazed the waters with the tips of my fingers, I was enveloped by the sense of peace that surrounded those bathing in the lake; a feeling I will never forget.

The picture below shows the mountains surrounding Pushkar. If you look quite closely, atop the mountain farthest to the left, you can see  the Savitri Temple, dedicated to the estranged wife of Brahma. My traveling partner and I decided to tackle the pilgrimage to the mountain top early in the morning. It was a beautiful trek, but unfortunately we hadn’t foreseen the sun rising so quickly and got caught without enough water as we reached the summit. The lack of hydration did motivated us to made a rather hasty descent and continue with our tour of Pushkar at ground level.

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