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I N D I A

  • GlobeRovers Rating: 9 / 10
  • Buzz Line: "A billion smiles"
  • Eagle Eye: India is vast and extremely diverse. The large cities such as Mumbay, Delhi, Agra etc. have the rich and the very poor. Rural places such as those in Rajasthan are extremely poor, which communities in Kerala state mostly live in mid-income households and people seems to be doing well financially.  Everywhere people are friendly and very welcoming towards foreign travellers.  India is a delight and I can't wait to get back and explore the entire country.
  • Hot Spots: Too many hot spots to mention. Old Delhi is such an eye opener, as is the rural villages of Rajasthan. Most recently I traveled through Kerala state in the south west and the culture shock here is not nearly as intense as in other places such as Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan. I still have a lot to see and experience in India.  
  • The Low-down: India is a delight and I can't wait to get back and explore the entire country.
The first couple of photos were taken in late 2012 around Kerala state,
south western India.

In the town of Kochi, Kerala state


 Jewish town in Kochi, Kerala state


Jewish town in Kochi, Kerala state


Jewish town in Kochi, Kerala state


The famous "Chinese fishing nets" in Kochi, Kerala state


Tea plantations around Munnar, Kerala state


Tea plantations around Munnar, Kerala state


Cardammon plantations around Munnar, Kerala state


Tea plantations around Munnar, Kerala state


Great Indian curry, Kerala state


Friend bananas in Munnar, Kerala state



Town of  Kumily, Kerala state


Houseboat on the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala state


Houseboat on the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala state


Houseboats on the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala state


The people of Kerala state


The people of Kerala state


Varkala Beach in south western Kerala state


Varkala Beach in south western Kerala state


Varkala Beach in south western Kerala state

A Kathakali dancer demonstrates how to communicate via facial expressions,  Kochi, Kerala state


The people of Kerala state


The transformation of a Kathakali dancer, Kochi, Kerala state




These photos were taken with my old film camera around the Golden Triangle area: Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur (in the province of Rajasthan).

Taj Mahal in LATE afternoon, Agra


Taj Mahal in MID afternoon, Agra


Taj Mahal side view, Agra


Taj Mahal side view, Agra


Fatihpur Sikri outside Agra. Built between 1571 and 1585 as the capital of the Mughals, but shortly after completion it became a ghost town as there was no water in the area, Agra


Entrance to Akbar's tomb in Sikander, outside Agra.
Constructed in 1605, Agra


Temple next to Taj Mahal, Agra


Itamad-ud-daulah tomb. He died in 1622, Agra


Red fort, Agra


Rajasthan house (are the cows living with the people, or are the people living with the cows?)


Rajasthan house


Shoemaker in a Rajasthan village


Rajasthan village


At a Rajasthan village


Outside a Rajasthan village


Outside a Rajasthan village

Hair stylist at work, Rajasthan village


Rajasthan village

Very traditional photographer, Jaipur, Rajasthan


Water Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan


Chandra Mahal at City Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan


Jaipur, Rajasthan


Riddri-Siddri at City Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan


Jaipur, Rajasthan

At Rambagh Palace, Jaipur


Elephant ride up to the Amber Fort, Jaipur


Riding the camel at Rambagh Palace, Jaipur


Comfortable staying at Samode Haveli, Jaipur


Jauhari Bazaar shop, Jaipur


Jaipur, Rajasthan


Water Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan


Sad donkey, Jaipur, Rajasthan


Jaipur, Rajasthan


Mobarah Mahal at City Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan


Hawa Mahal: a sandstone screen used by the ladies of the palace to watch the road down below, Jaipur, Rajasthan


Public toilet, Jaipur, Rajasthan. Based on my observations and calculations, 1 million men in India pee in public at any given moment, and that excludes those kind enough to use a public toilet


Old Delhi


Red Fort, Delhi


Qutab Mintar decorated with geometric designs and koranic verses, Delhi


Delhi kids


Humayun's Tomb outside Delhi


Humayun's Tomb outside Delhi


View of Delhi from the Jama Masjid temple roof


Jama Masjid Largest and grandest mosque in India.
Accommodates 2000 worshippers, Delhi


Jama Masjid temple, Delhi


Khari Boali market on Chadni Chowk street, Delhi


Bahai Temple, Delhi