See below or click on a link above for some of my Indian photographic memories from 2005 to the present day. Voir en bas ou cliques sur un lien en haut pour une selection de souvenirs photographiques de 2005 à aujourd'hui.
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Itinerary from 6 March to 17 April 2018
Paris - Delhi Flight AI 142 CDG T2C @ 21:30 on Tuesday 6 March to DEL T3 @ 10:00 on Wednesday 7 March Delhi - Udaipur Flight AI 471 DEL T3 @ 13:10 on Wednesday 7 March to UDR @ 14:20 1 month in Udaipur to try to improve my Hindi. Classes with Manish Paliwal Up to Laxman Jhula to see Vikki Kumar
Dehra Dun - Delhi Flight AI 9646 DED @ 07:45 on Sunday 15 April to DEL T3 @ 08:45 Back to Delhi for 2 nights with my good friend Ravi Paliwal
Delhi - Paris Flight AI 143 DEL T3 @ 13:05 on Tuesday 17 April to CDG T2C @ 18:00 on Same Day
Itinerary from 21 March to 19 April 2017 Périple du 21 mars au 19 avril 2017 21 March – Leave Perpignan @ 05:40 on TGV6204 to Paris Gare de Lyon arrive 10:45 21 March – Flight from Paris CDG Airport @ 21:30 on Air India AI 142 to DEL, arrive 22 March 10:00. 22 March - Flight from Delhi DEL @ 11:00 on Air India AI 75 to Bhubaneshwar BBI arrive @ 13:00 One week visiting "Tuku" Sovakar Behera's Greenlife Rural Association in Gundalaba Village near Puri, Odisha
28th March – Leave BBI @ 09:55 Air India AI 78 to DEL, arrive 12:20 3 days in Delhi to visit my friend Ravi and also the India Photo Archive Foundation 31st March Delhi to Udaipur on night train Merwar Exp from Nizamuddin arriving @ about 07:30 1st April Visiting various friends - Pamu and family, Rikhil, Ravi, Rakesh....
4th April leave Udaipur on 18:15 hrs Merwar Exp 12964 for Delhi Nizamuddin with Pamu, berths A2/38 & 40, arr 06:35hrs then on 11:00 hrs Bl Haridwar Exp 12911, berths A1/32 & 34 to Haridwar arriving 16:35 hrs 5th April Bus to Rishikesh / Laxman Jhula Stay at Mango Tree Guest House, Lakman Jhula
15 April - Leave Rishikesh on bus to Haridwar then train @ 14:55 to Chandausi arriving that evening 19:45 (Not very happy with this travel option, currently looking for alternatives) 16th and 17th at Amarpurkashi (APK)
18th April - Leave APK via bus to Moradabad then to Delhi MB – DLI @ 12:25 arr 15:20 25036 Rmr Dli Link Ex 19 April - Leave Delhi DEL @ 13:15 Air India AI 143 for Paris CDG to arrive same day @ 18:55 One night in Paris as the Intercity night train to Perpignan no longer operates. 20th April Paris to Perpignan on tgv 6217 carriage 8, seat 81 at 18:07 arriving @ 23:18
LAST YEAR, 2016 : Proposed itinerary from 20 January to 3 March 2016 Périple provisoire du 20 janvier au 3 mars 2016 18 Jan – Leave Perpignan 12:15. Eurolines. Arrive Barcelona 16:15 Hostel : Black Swan, 19 Jan – Leave Hostel Black Swan by Metro Arc de Triomph to Sants, then Sants to Airport. 19 Jan - Leave Barcelona 14:00. BA (Iberia) IB4681, arrive LGW North Terminal 19 Jan @ 15:20 Transfer LGW from South Terminal lower forecourt, stops 1 to 5, to LHR terminal 5 (by National Express JL 707) 16:05 to 17:00 19 Jan – Leave LHR Terminal 5 @ 21:00. BA 0199, arrive Bombay 20 Jan @ 11:15 Bombay to GOI by Air India @ 16:20, AI 661, arrive 17:30 Need pick-up at GOI Jan 26th or 27th Cancona to Gokarna Non-res or by Bus
Feb 2 - GOK 18:40 to Lokmanya Tilak 06:35. Matsyaganda Exp 12620 S10 43 UB Feb 2 - Lokmanya Tilak to Bandra Terminus 8.5km Rickshaw Feb 2 - Bandra Terminus on Bdts Aii Udz Ex 12995 15:45 to UDZ 03 Feb @ 08:55 S4 35 UB
Stay in Udaipur making local trips till 14th, then head north to (Jodhpur, Rat Temple, Mt Abu)
Feb 19 – Leave Bikaner 17:00 for Haridwar 09:15 by BME HW Link Exp 24888 S6/8 SU Feb 20 - Arrive Rishikesh (by Taxi) 20th 11:00 Feb 27 - Leave Haridwar on 27th @ 14:53 to CH 19:45 on 14114 Link Exp S6/70 UB Feb 28 & 29 @ APK March 1 Moradabad to Delhi MB – DLI @ 12:25 arr 15:20 25036 Rmr Dli Link Ex D15/49 window (Upr Samprk K Ex 15036) March 2 Delhi 07:05 Terminal 1D to Bombay by Goair G8 330 March 2 13:15. BA 0198, arrive LHR 17:40. 12 hours stop-over March 3 - Leave LHR 06:20 BA (Iberia) IB 7471, arrive BCN 09:20. March 3 Eurolines or Train 13:00 to Perpignan 16:30.
Previous year, 2015 : L'année d'avant, 2015 : 8 Jan 2015 - Leave Paris 21:30hrs. Air India AI 142 CDG to DEL, arrive 9 Jan @ 10:05 Lunch in Delhi with my friend Ravi Ravi 2014 then later that day : 9 Jan - Del to Tvr AI 48 @ 18:05, arrive Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala @ 22:40 hrs.5 nights in Trivandrum (new to me). 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Jan. 14 Jan - Trivandrum to Kollam, Kerala - 65 km, probably by bus.2 nights in Kollam. (new to me). 14, 15 Jan. 16 Jan - Kollam to Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kerala - 80 km, probably by bus.2 nights in Alleppey. 16, 17 Jan. 18 Jan - Alleppey to Kochi (Cochin) on a 2 night Houseboat ride (new to me) 60 km to Kochi. 18, 19 Jan. 20 Jan, arrive Kochi, hope to meet up with my friend Shahir Alazhar, rickshaw driver who loves singing Charles Aznavour songs !!!3 nights in Kochi. 20, 21, 22 Jan.
Shahir 201223 Jan - Kochi to Mangalore, Karnataka - 420 km Night train from Ernakulam jcn ERS on Rajdhani Express 12431 @ 22:35, arriving Mangalore jcn MAJN @ 05:30 on 24 Jan @ 05:302 nights in Mangalore. (new to me). 24, 25 Jan. 26 Jan - Mangalore to Gokarna Karnataka - 300 km by Madgaon Passenger 56640 from MAJN @ 06:12, arriving GOK @ 10:106 nights on the beach and in the region of Gokarna. (new to me). The goal here is to swim, relax and eat simple Indian food. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Jan. 1 Feb - Gokarna to Galgibag beach in South Goa - 85 km by Madgaon Passenger 56640 from GOK @ 11:11, arriving Cancona CNO @ 11:378 nights around Galgibag / Patnem / Chaudi - the relaxation continues. Room booked at Santosh's on the beach at Galgibag - fish curry and lobster in view. Probably visit Organic Farm, Old Goa etc. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Feb. Santosh in 2006 9 Feb - Goa to Hampi, Karnataka by night bus - 360 km, arriving morning of 10 Feb.4 nights in Hampi, Rocks, Sunrises, Temples, Sunsets. 10, 11, 12, 13 Feb.
Hampi in 2006
Hampi in 2007 14 Feb - Hampi to Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Travel 14/15 night via Hospet to Hyderabad / Secunderabad - 530 km. by KOP HYB Express from HPT @ 19:00 to HYB arriving 06:45, then SC by Devagiri Exppress 17058 @ 12:25, arriving at AWB @ 23:20 - 505 km (maybe find a direct night bus instead) 3 nights in Aurangabad. Visit to Ellora Caves, and possibility to visit Ajanta Caves. 15, 16, 17 Feb.
18 Feb - Aurangabad to Sanawad / Omkareswar, Narmada River, Madhya Pradesh (new to me) - 315 km. Arrive 19th am. Stopping at Maheshwar, Omkareswar. See Google Images.4 or 5 nights exploring 100 km of the Narmada River 19, 20, 21, 22 Feb. 23 Feb - Omkareswar to Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on night train or bus (route to be determined).3 nights in Varanasi (Benares) on the river Ganges.This is the most holy city in India. It's also the home of my godson Vikki Kumar.
Aarti Puja, Varanasi, 2012
Vikki Kumar 2006
28 Feb - Varanasi to Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh - 330 km, by Farakka Express 13413 @ 11:20 arriving at CNB @ 21:05.1 night in Kanpur, not my favourite city, but where my good friends Aman and Sheeti live with there baby daughter Aashi (who I have yet to see).
Aman & Sheeti's marriage 2011
Sheeti Shukl Bajpai 2011
1 March - Kanpur to Amarpurkashi (APK), by Sangam Express 14163 @ 21:25 - arrive Chandausi 05:30 on 2 March - 300 km2 nights 2, 3 March in APK, the rural health and education project run by Mukat and Jyoti Singh. They inspired me to set up my association, Villages ESPOIR.
APK village 2007
APK market 2008
4 March - APK to Delhi via Moradabad - 190 km. RMR DLI LINK Express 25036, @ 12.25 Arrive 15:201 night in Delhi. 4 March 5 March - Delhi to Paris. Arrive Paris 18:30 on 5 March 5 March - Paris to Perpignan on night train 21:56 - arrive 07:20 6 March (back to reality).
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Kochi, including the First Indian Biennale Art Festival January 2013
Biennale Art Festival
Munnar Tea Plantations, Kerala
Chinnar Nature and Wildlife Reserve, Kerala
Varanasi, or Benares, Uttar Pradesh
Flying Home from Mumbai
17/12/2013 - 26/02/2014 UDAIPUR
In my favourite breakfast bar
Early morning on Lake Pichola
Street Performer (unofficial)
Inviting.... not !!
Reading the Sunday Papers
Hello !! Give me 5 rupees please....
House for Sale.... incase you can't read Hindi
08/01/2015 - 05/03/2015 Left Paris 21:30hrs 08/01/15. Arrived Delhi on Friday morning. Just enough time to take a cab from the airport to have a quick snack and a chai with Ravi before heading back to the airport for my flight south that was delayed 3 and a half hours Arrived eventually in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 2am 10 Jan. 2015 Enfin arrivé à Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala à 02 hr janvier 10 2015 Later that morning, a day in Trivandrum with Sue and Monique, then back to Varkala where they were staying (40 min train ride, standing room only).
Popcorn - the Universal Snack
First night in deluxe hotel, then moved to budget accommodation.
After a healthy fruit salad, muesli and yogurt breakfast, I went to the quieter north end of the beach to reserve a bungalow-style hut for 12th & 13th.
On the north beach away from the crowds.
A good village atmosphere with the local fishermen.
It takes a dozen men 30 minutes to pull in the nets........
.......when you see what they caught, you wonder why they bother...
This guy threw a hook and line into the sea from the beach and caught a decent size fish in 5 minutes
Started my "collection" of Ambassadors immediately on arrival in Varkala. Just found out they stopped manufacturing these cars in 2014...... the end of an era. It was based on the 1956 Morris Oxford Series 3
Pleased to rediscover the delicious South Indian food.
Varkala to Kollam, for a short canoe trip on the backwaters.
Pause for fresh coconut milk
Another Ambassador for the collection.
Kollam to Amritapuri Ashram by backwaters ferry boat
The Ashram is on the other side of a backwater from a traditional, small Indian village, and is anything but traditional, with its high-rise accommodation packed with visitors and residents from around the world.
The high-rise ashram
Bridge built to evacuate the Ashram in case of emergency
Amma, the hugging guru was not due to return from Chennai till the following week, so the Ashram was relatively quiet.
Amritapuri to Alappuzha (Alleppey). Sunset on the beach.
Mosque on Alappuzha Canal
Another Ambassador in fine condition
Staying cool in Alappuzha
Alleppey to Fort Kochi for the Asian Biennale Art Festival.
Some what disappointing compared with 2 years ago, but one or two pieces that caught my eye, or at least look interesting when photographed.
Poem by Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller turned into a piece of art
Giant crab made from waste plastic
35° C in Fort Kochi, and feeling chilli
Happy to see Shahir once again, and listen to his renditions of Charles Aznavour songs
Shahir and his 2 sons
More simple and good local cuisine, often in colonial settings
The daily fish auction by the Chinese fishing nets at Vasco da Gama square
Another simple South Indian breakfast - paratha, potato sabji and chai
Making paratha, or parotha, or porotha
Cochin has high population of Christians and one of the best levels of literacy in India
You're never far from fishing boats, coconuts and the backwaters...
Fort Kochi to Alleppey for one night on houseboat.
First night un-scheduled at Riverside Cottage as the houseboat trip was delayed by one day.
The lower deck is a large living area with a kitchen, staffed by two excellent chefs.
The upper deck has a large bedroom, bathroom and small terrace.
Omelette, paratha, toast, pineapple and chai for breakfast.
And a copious lunch...
From Fort Kochi, via Ernakulam railway station to Goa, arriving at 5am at Canacona in South Goa, then to Talpona beach. Would have been idyllic, but I had picked up a viral asthmatic bronchitis in the train, and was not at my best for the 10 days in Goa.
Talpona beach - NOT the most crowded beach in Goa...!!!
Lucky escape !! A bunch of 15 coconuts falls just beside Magali.
At the north end of Palolem beach you can take a boat ride on the river. Very peaceful, and well worth doing
Goa to Hampi by night bus - extremely uncomfortable !!
Hampi is the land of temples, palm trees and boulders
Egg curry and naan bread, difficult to beat !
Paneer masala and naan bread, Puri sabji with coconut chutney
Crossing my legs, crossing my fingers...
"Ruby" impersonating Hanuman
Gray Langur or Hanuman Langur. Friendly but very cheeky monkey !
Preparing the batter for idlis
Idli with Samba and Chutney
Only in India could you find toilet paper called "Supreme" and "Passion"
Rickshaw driver Jilan
3m high Shiva Lingam
Elephant Stables in the Royal Enclosure
Stepped Tank (for drinking water)
The Queen's Bath
Invited by complete strangers to join in their roadside picnic. The generosity of these people is very touching.
Hampi to Aurangabad by train
Reservations printed and pasted to corresponding carriages.
Then Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Ellora Caves, and Ajanta Caves by local buses
Bibi-ka-Maqbara : The poor man's Taj
.....and back to Aurangabad by bus
Aurangabad to Omkareshwar (whatever you do, don't go there) & Maheshwar (wonderful !!) 3 nights by the Narmada River In the filthy dirty town of Omkareshwar, Magali still managed to take a beautiful photo !!
We were invited to join evening Puja with a group who meet every evening at sun-down
There is a wonderful "old-world" feeling in Maheshwar. Perhaps like Varanasi 100 years ago, but quieter.
Traditional weaving factory
Hanuman temple in old colonial house
Maheshwar to Dhamnod, then Indore by bus, then to Bhopal by train, and finally a night train to Varanasi
A rare sight in India, seen on Indore Station Platform
Varanasi is where I first met my godson in 2006
He hasn't changed !!
The ghats on the highly polluted Ganges are the centre of Varanasi's activity. Laundry : clothes are washed in brown water...
......then dried on the banks and the ghats among mud and cow shit !!
Bollywood : the cinema regularly comes to the ghats to film
Dog's Ohm: the ghats are home to numerous stray dogs
Breaking the cycle of death and rebirth : Having your ashes sprinkled in the Ganges at Varanasi ensures going straight to Paramathma, avoiding potentially thousands of reincarnations
Ablutions : Daily washing away of your sins
Pilgrimage : The Ganges attracts many holy men. Not all of these Babas are genuine, but most are friendly....
.....and most are very photogenic
Meeting up : I finally met up on the ghats with Sais who has been a Facebook friend for 3 years.
Contemplation : Or just spending time with your best friend
Puja : The nightly Aarti Puja, performed on several ghats by trainee priests draws large crowds every evening
Ceremonies : Crowds pour down to the Ganges continuously, to perform all kinds of celebrations that usually include throwing flowers into the river.
About 20 minutes rickshaw ride away from the river Ganges is BHU (Benares Hindu University), with its grand Shiva Temple
When in India, try to get yourself invited to a marriage ceremony. You will be looked after like VIPs......
......but if the ceremony finishes late, you may have difficulty getting back to your hotel
Varanasi to Kanpur. Aman and Sheeti with their 18 month old baby Aashi. I wouldn't go to Kanpur except to see them.
A beautiful gift from Sheeti to Magali - a perfect fit
Kanpur to Amarpurkashi, known as APK, (between Chandausi and Moradabad). The train due to leave Kanpur at 21:17 left at 03:20. We arrived in Chandausi at 16:30 instead of 05:30, so we lost one whole day of the 2 days visit to APK.
What's wrong with this picture ? Not all the sockets are in use !! Well it was 2 o'clock in the morning...
This train has just been repainted inside and out. The garlands of flowers commemorate such a rare occasion
The bus from Chandausi to APK
Happy to meet Deepu's new baby. I was at her marriage on 2 Feb 2014
Yes, they have an Ambassador at APK too
The campus is a bit of a mess this year, with lots of building work going on
The new multi-purpose block
New classroom block
Magali learns how to make Roti (Chapatti)
There are hundreds of monkeys at APK. They are very cute when they are young, but get quite vicious when adult
APK to Delhi.
Delhi to Paris 05/03/15.
Paris to Perpignan on Intercités train de nuit
Inde du 20 janvier 2016 au 3 mars 2016 India from 20 January 2016 to 3 March 2016 Une semaine à Goa / A week in Goa
Une semaine à Gokarna / A week in Gokarna
Poisson au curry / Fish curry
Petit déj / Breakfast
Vélo à louer
L'appel de Dieu.... / The call of God.... Départ pour Udaipur / Leaving for Udaipur
Escale à Mumbai / Stop-over in Mumbai Bandra Terminus
Une semaine à Udaipur/ A week in Udaipur
Cette voiture n'a pas bougé en 2 ans / This car hasn't moved in 2 years
So inviting !! / ça donne envie !!
Restaurant végétarien / Vegetarian Restaurant
Chaï avec vue / Chai with a view
Udaipur plage / Udaipur beach
Festival du Lac / Lake Festival
Thali rajasthani / Rajasthani Thali
Petit déjeuner Euro-indien / Euro-Indian breakfast
2 jours à Mont Abu / 2 days in Mount Abu
Scooters "Green" disponibles en noir et blanc. / "Green scooters come in black and white.
Il conduit son bus avec 35 passagers, sur une route de montagne..... Sourriez, c'est l'Inde !!! He's driving his bus with 35 passengers, on a mountain road...... Smile, this is India !!
Ne me demandes pas...... / Don't ask me.......
Flexi-train / Bendy-train
3 jours à Bikaner / 3 days in Bikaner
Temple Jaïn / Jain temple
Temple des rats à Deshnok / Rat temple, Desnok
Rat albinos et aveugle / Blind albino rat
Trop mignons........ !! / So cute.......... !!
Musée du Fort de Bikaner / Bikaner fort Museum
Zebra crossing..... er, I mean camel crossing !!
Sleeping on the JCB
Une semaine à Rishikesh, Laxman Jhula / A week in Rishikesh, Laxman Jhula
Vue du "Mango Tree Guest House" où mon filleul Vikki est manager Vue from "Mango Tree Guest House" where my godson Vikki is manager
Rishikesh, grand centre de pèlerinage / Rishikesh, major pilgrimage centre
Auto-portrait / Self portrait
Vikki fait des chapattis / Vikki making chapattis
Comme tous les ans, 3 jours à Amarpurkashi / As always, 3 days in Amarpurkashi
"INDIA 2017" was a short trip of just one month. Started with one week in Gundalaba village, Odisha. My friend Tuku ji runs a turtle protection project among other environment related projects. The female starts digging a hole to lay her eggs. Apparently not disturbed by (Tuku-ji) the human presence
She lays about 100 eggs
Then fills in the nest, and leaves, never to see her eggs hatching.
Green Life Rural Association gather eggs from as many nests as possible.
Then they transfer them to a man-made nest......
...... in a secure site, where stray dogs can't dig them up.
Once hatched, they are released on the beach and make their own way to the sea.
Back in Gundalaba village.
Then off to a conference to discuss making the local beach front a Plastic Free Zone....
The site was deliberately chosen to show the deplorable state of the popular tourist area.
Most of the audience were women, as the men were out at work.
After the conference, a symbolic clean-up.
....... and finally, a few words from our foreign correspondant.....
From Gundalaba to Puri, then to Bhubaneshwar to take a flight to Delhi.
Puri Railway Station
Breakfast on the train to Bhubaneshwar - Samosas
Week 2 started with 3 nights in Delhi. I had met Aditya Arya, curator of the India Photo Archive, in Paris in June 2016. I was determined to pay him a visit in Gurgaon, Delhi this year. Aditya ji is not only very friendly, but has a passion for the history of photography.
Aditya Arya ji
While wandering around Old Delhi, I came across the Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib Temple. Sikh temples traditionally provide food for anyone and everyone.
Close by is the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) Old Delhi
Old Delhi is fascinating, though often too crowded to move around and take photos freely. On this day the temperature was 40°
Large Ganesh and life-size Buddha
I'm not 100% sure, but I think this cupboard under the stairs is in fact a repair workshop, though I have no idea what for !
Everything 100 rupees !!
Old Delhi's electricity network is in a shocking state.
National Rail Museum, Chanakayapuri, New Delhi
Most of the exhibits are in better condition than current rolling stock !!
Left Delhi on 31/03 on night train to Udaipur. Arrived 07:30 on 01/04 Women's Festival at Gangaur Ghat, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Gulab Bargh (Rose Garden), Udaipur
Free long-term motor-cycle parking.
Letter Box offering express service to Pisa....
Wok the .... ?
Aloo Tikki and Chole (Fried Potato Cakes with Chick Pea Sauce)
Street Jacuzzi, Udaipur
Udaipur is famous for its typical local Street Art
Colourful March by Hindus in the strets of Udaipur
And back to Lake Pichola. Lake Palace, Udaipur
From Udaipur to Rishikesh on 04/04, via Hazrat Nizamuddin on 05/04, then to Haridwar, and finally a taxi to Laxman Jhula / Rishikesh Traditonal building practices, Rishikesh....
.... Hanuman seems to have his doubts.....
Tree with private balcony
When choosing a local restaurant, eat where the locals eat...
Waterfall, just 2 km from Rishikesh
Down on the Ganges at Rishikesh, the ideal place to say Suriya Namaskar (Greetings to the Sun) every morning as it appears above the hills about one hour after sunrise.
Suriya Namaskar ! Suriya Namaskar !
Suriya Namaskar !
Suriya Namaskar !
At 7:30 am, you have to bring your own tea...
Laxman Jhula is the other side of the Ganges from Rishikesh. Thanks to the Beatles, it has 60 years of history as a "Chill-Out" destination. Still a favourite place for real and fake Gurus, Sadhus, Babas etc.... And a surprisingly pleasant laid-back sort of ambiance. The Mango Tree Guest House is run by my Godson Vikki and his associate Shobam.
Around Laxman Jhula
Fresh Sugar Cane Juice
I've never seen straberries as red as these.....!
Typical local tourist shops.
As Laxman Jhula is strictly vegan, you have to go to Rishikesh to buy eggs.
Walking along the banks of the Ganges.....
Laxman Jhula Bridge joins Rishikesh to Laxman Jhula.
I.5 Km downstream is Ram Jhula
Trayambakeshwar Temple getting a much needed re-paint
View from Mango Tree Guest House
Laxman Jhula Bridge with no one on it - a rare sight !
Rishikesh to the left, and Laxman Jhula to the right
Morning bath in the Holy Ganga.... Cleanliness and Godliness at the same time.
Yoga is what Laxman Jhula and Rishikesh are all about.
A Political debate in the street
The only way to travel.....
Free meal, this time offered by Hindus in Laxman Jhula
Trainee Sadhu, religious ascetic.
Another trainee Sadhu
Commercial Sadhu / Guru
Holy Water from the Ganes - the perfect gift formy friends in Amarpurkashi
Nightly Ganga Arti Puja Ceremony (Blessing the Ganges with music).
Hanuman at the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple near Laxman Jhula
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Left Rishikesh on 15/04 Return to Amarpurkashi, as every year.
Former Project Director, Mukat Singh, at the Eco-Harmony Project that he set up 2 years ago.
In the village
Village Doctor's Surgery
Street Food at its best - Deep-fried Potatoes in Spicy Batter
उपला Upla Fuel for heating and cooking, made from cow dung and straw. The smoke given off is carcinogenic.
Wedding equipment rentals
Dry toilets at the Eco-Harmony Project
New construction in the classroom blocks
And finally a quick look at some food...... Aloo Paratha (Potato Pancake), Dahi (Yogurt), Chatni (Spicy Sauce) and Chai (Milk Tea).
Poha (Puffed rice) and accompaniments
These 3 Aloo Parathas with Yogurt and Pickle were ordered using Indian Railways Food Delivery App "Food on Track", paid for with my "Paytm" digital wallet, and delivered to my seat in the train by a restaurant at the chosen station.
Bhindi (Okra), Dal and Rice
Korean Food for a change
Making Tandoori Nan Bread
Nan Bread, Rajma (Kidney Beans), Palak (Spinach) and Rice
Salad, Dal and Rice
Roti, Salad, Dal and Rice
Samosa with sweet and spicy sauce
Special Thali .....
.... with Nan Bread, Raita and Chatni
Shobam's home made Chocolate Cake
A healthy breakfast at the Mango Tree Guest House ...
..... and another
I raided the Guest House fridge one morning, as everyone was still asleep at 8 am. I made this Fruit Salad, Yogurt and Muesli Thali with Honey
Raj Bhog and Rabri / Rasgula
Typical APK Food, for Staff, Students and Visitors
Patiently waiting for his Naming Ceremony to start.
Dylan Kumar attend avec impatience que la cérémonie commence.
One of 3 Pandits पंडित
Preparing the ceremony.
L'un des 3 Pandits पंडित prépare la cérémonie
Pawan and Kiran wearing white or bright-coloured clothes as a symbol of purity. Les parents Pawan et Kiran. Ils portent des habits propres et de couleurs claires ou vives, symboles de pureté.
Clockwise from left :
Pandit, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Father. Le Pandit, le grand-père, l'arrière-grand-père et le père.
Preparing the horoscope for Dylan
La préparation de l'horoscope de Dylan est presque terminée.
Flowers in Hinduism symbolise auspiciousness
The ceremony begins.
Dans l'hindouisme, les fleurs sont synonymes de bon augure.
La cérémonie commence...
With Auntie Rajni and Uncle Karan.
Dylan avec tante Rajni et oncle Karan.
The Symbolic Meaning of Rice
The transition periods in an individual’s life and personality development.
Le symbolisme du riz.
Il représente les périodes de transition dans la vie et dans le développement de la personnalité de l'individu.
A first prayer
A Pandit reads from holy scriptures.
La première prière.
Un Pandit lit les écritures Saintes hindoues.
Already getting a bit bored.
Il commence à s'ennuyer un peu.
Happy to be with Mum & Dad.
Heureux d'être avec ses parents.
Fire - Agni - अग्नि
The symbol of cleansing and purifying.
Le feu - Agni - अग्नि
Symbole de la purification.
Putting ghee - घी - on the fire
This creates an aurora of spiritual emotion.
Ils alimentent le feu avec le ghee - घी -
pour créer une ambiance spirituelle.
Dylan's mother prays for her son.
May he be blessed with health, safety and happiness.
Kiran prie pour la santé, la sécurité et le bonheur de son fils.
Coconut is the representation of god.
L'offrande de la noix de coco,
symbole du divin.
Dylan's Horoscope or Raashiphal राशिफल
Reading the signs.
L'horoscope - Raashiphal राशिफल de Dylan.
Le Pandit interprète les signes.
Pawan prays for his son.
Papa ji's turn to ask that his son be blessed.
A son tour, Papa ji Pawan prie pour son fils.
Auntie Rajni with Dylan
Dylan is still holding out well - no tantrums, what a good guy !
Tante Rajni avec Dylan. Il tient le coup, pas d'énervement, quel bon garçon !
Offerings to the fire.
A mixture of various ingredients or Samagri - सामग्री . Meanwhile a Pandit chants Mantras. Des offrandes au feu. Un mélange de différents ingrédients ou Samagri – सामग्री. Pendant ce temps, le Pandit chante des Mantras
Mukat ji makes an offering to the fire. His participation, as the patriarch of the family and even of the village, holds a lot f weight. Mukat ji fait une offrande au feu. La participation de Mukat, le patriarche de la famille et même du village, a une grande importance symbolique et spirituelle.
Fire is still at the centre of the ceremony.
Everyone now takes part in making an offering to the fire.
Le feu a toujours sa place centrale dans la cérémonie.
Tout le monde participe à nourrir la flamme.
Rajit, Mukat and Pawan keep the fire burning, while Shobana watches from behind.
Des membres de la famille, Rajit, Mukat et Pawan alimentent le feu, et Shobana en second plan observe.
Keeping Dylan amused
While the ceremony continues.
La journée est longue pour Dylan, la cérémonie continue et ses parents s'occupent de lui.
Mum & Dad
Taking it in turns.
Papa ji et Mata ji s'en occupent à tour de rôle
Mukat and Shobana.
In modern India, the mobile phone is very important, as many villages don't have a landline network.
Mukat et Shobana.
Beaucoup de villages en Inde rurale n'ont pas de service téléphonique par ligne fixe, voilà donc l'importance du téléphone portable
I'm not bored, honestly....
Dylan struggles to stay awake.
Je ne dors pas maman, j'ai simplement fermé les yeux quelques instants !
After the ceremony a grand reception
with spice, more spice, and even more spice...
Après la cérémonie, la réception. Un buffet toujours très épicé....
Aloo Tikki आलू टिक्की
Fried Potatoes served with spicy sauce.
Aloo Tikki आलू टिक्की
Galettes de pomme de terre frites servies avec une sauce épicée
Making Dosa डोसा
Rice flower pancakes stuffed with spicy vegetables.
Crêpes à la farine de riz, farcies de légumes épicés
Dylan's mum, aunties and friends
Taking time to wind down.
Mata ji Kiran, tante Rajni et des amies prennent le temps de se détendre.
The star of the day finally gets a chance to take a rest.
Dylan Kumar - La star de la journée peut enfin faire une pose.