Updating.... 2019

Updating.... 2019
My Indian escape this year is later than usual,  from June 20 to July 31, so that I can be in my favourite country on my birthday, on July 22.

Finally arrived after several delays Perpignan to Paris , 31 minutes late, Paris to Roissy, Charles de Gaulle, 2 hours compared with usual 50 minutes, Air India Paris to New Delhi, over 3 hours late...... 

Arrived in Udaipur from Delhi on time on the night train...... 

Back in my usual room on Gangaur Ghat
The water level is very low in Lake Pichola
The Ghat is very "Shanti Shanti" (peaceful) 

Trees give much needed shade 

The water is low and more dirty than usual, but people still need to wash themselves and their clothes. 

Beside Tiger Lake

Breakfast is looking good... 
नाश्ता अच्छा लग रहा है

Freshly painted Ganesh Temple 

Soon to disappear, all cables are being put underground 

Let the monsoon begin 

After a couple of rainy days the hot and humid weather is back, though the really hot weather is in Europe this end of June !
The no longer used Sas Bahu Temple near the famous Eklinji Temple (where photography is not allowed), has plenty of shade for sitting and contemplating. 

Before entering Eklinji Temple, a visit to the grounds 
Distant hilltop temple with dried up lake and slowly-dying lilies 

Local speciality deep fried masala chilli peppers
Next, a 21 hour train ride from Udaipur to Haridwar, then Rishikesh by bus.. 

Laxman Jhula and Rishikesh nestle in the Ganges Valley in Uttarakhand, Northern India. The towns area magnet for spiritual tourists. 

Temples and ashram abound

Shiva, the god of destruction, in a garden of tranquility

Meanwhile, back in town the streets get busy with commerce

Policemen's point of view

The Rajasthani Restaurant in Rishikesh has a reputation for its copious portions of high quality food. If you like Indian sweets, you can't go wrong there either... 

Ganga Aarti Puja - water, fire, prayer....

...... And chanting too

Sunday is market day.
The large market selling fruit & veg, clothes and household items is a few kms outside Rishikesh 



Smaller market in town

And finally, a Maruti Suzuki Convertible (from car to shop) 

The ever changing view of the river Ganges, from the Little Buddha Café 

Morning mist

Rain with a little hail

Laxman Jhula Bridge by night 

Ganga Aarti Puja.  Every evening around 7pm beneath Terah Manzil Mandir (13 floor temple) 

Rishikesh by night, from Laxman Jhula

One of the many Yoga Ashrams in Rishikesh and Lakshman Jhula 

Jai Shri Ram

Hello life

This luxury hotel was already under construction when I was here in 2005 

Mata Ganga.  Mother Ganges

Lord Shiva

The commercial centre of Chandigarh has lost all aesthetic appeal.  Designed by Le Corbusier,  late 1950's

TheLaw Courts and Legislative Assembly are currently being fully restored to their original design.

Lawyer waiting for his client outside the law courts

"The Hand of Peace",  or the "Bird of Peace" ? 

To be continued.........

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