Rajasthan: the Jewel of India
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by Editor Miro Susta
India is, to my mind, a land of contradictions. Extraordinary landscapes; incredible temples and monuments; and beautiful and fascinating people. Yet corruption; extremes of wealth and poverty; and the vestiges of the caste system continue to hold this country back.
So why do I went back, again and again? Because of country’s extraordinary landscapes, majestic palaces, temples and forts, incredible monuments; and the, as I already said, the beautiful & fascinating people.
The state of Rajasthan is the jewel in India’s crown, it is the Land of the Kings, it is home to the chivalrous Rajput’s, and its battle-scarred heritage has bestowed legacies of pride and tradition.
The photographs in this article contains general view and some larger details of Amer Fort (called also Amber Fort), Jaipur’s City Place and Bikaner’s Junagarh Fort along with some Rajasthan people’s snapshots.
Along with photographs captured by myself, you will find here beautiful photos from Rajasthan taken by 1x members. Just click on the images and you will be directed to their portfolios.
There is something in the atmosphere of Jaipur that brings joy and delight as soon as you set foot in the city. The pink colour of the city brings out a romantic charm that captivates every heart.
The Jaipur’s pink Palace of Winds (called Hawa Mahal) may be the first building which will attract visitor’s attention after entering the city. The 953 windows covering the façade were designed to allow the ladies of royal court watch the drama of the streets unobserved behind their delicate latticework.
Its distinctive rosy colour comes from the natural sandstone from which it is built which also gives Jaipur its nick name, “The Pink City”. It is considered one of the finest examples of Jajput architecture in India.
Another Jaipur’s jewel is the famous City Palace, located in the heart of the Pink City of Jaipur. This palace also includes the famous 'Chandra Mahal' and 'Mubarak Mahal', and other buildings which form a part of the palace complex.
In Bikaner don’t miss the fantastic Junagarh Fort which offers many excellent photo subjects. Walk through the beautiful interior rooms or to visit the interesting museum.
Don’t forget the Details
People add more life to your photos.
In terms of candid people photography in India, the best strategy is to shoot quickly if you want a candid shot.
Following some examples, photos from along the road taken in the State of Rajasthan. Bullock cart is a typical transportation vehicle in this part of the world.
Camel Rider titled “Such Fun” by Susan Moss
Road houses, shops, restaurants are another most common sight in India. One can spot small tea drinking shops under banyan tree at roadside. Apart from the above listed things, there are many more interesting facts about the Indian streets, colourful or even less colourful.
Where to Stay?
Some useful Tips for India Travellers.
* For travelling in Rajasthan (and generally in India) it is highly recommendable to hire a car with driver. The driver shall be able to communicate in English language. Having car and driver you will be able to take excellent photographs from the road and the surroundings without taking care about the traffic.
* Try to visit all historical places during normal working days. Avoid weekends and school holiday times. During working days the places will be less crowded, so you get more space without crowd for your photos.
* Don’t leave your tripod at home. In order to get detail photos with respectable sharpness the use of tripod is an absolute muss. However be aware of the fact that tripod is not allowed to use in some areas like museum rooms and similar. Do not presume you can setup a tripod in a public space. If you impede the flow of other individuals you will likely be told to move along by the police. Please check your rights with your local guide.
* Don’t take personal articles which can be considered as dangerous, for example large knives. Many places are using scanning (airport like) facilities at the entry gates.
* If possible engage local guide, these guy a usually not very expensive. He will guide you to most interesting places, if necessary negotiate on your behalf with local staff, help you in case you did anything wrong and will be your language interpreter.
* Do not try to pay people for the privilege of photographing them when creating street photos. If you ask someone whether you can photograph him (her or them) and he (she or they) insist on payment, just move on, no matter how fascinating he (she or they) appear. However, carry some small gifts like pencils, sweets, etc., to give.
* Ladies do not walk in the countryside on your own. Take your mobile phone always with you. Don’t wear skimpy or revealing clothing. Don’t accept any kind of alcoholic drink and don’t be friendly with men who approach you at tourist sites or hotel.
* Be choosy in hotel selection. Cheap is not always cheap. The low cost hotel are usually not very clean. Three star and higher are usually acceptable for westerners. Drink only bottled water and if possible drinks without ice.
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