A day in Rajasthan

It is often difficult to transmit the spirit of travel through a single picture. Today's series (and text) is about our full day through the countryside of Rajasthan, from Mont Abu to the Udaipur.   (click on pictures for high res)

6am, Mont Abu : I get up early to shoot at sunrise. While walking around the lake, I see a priest doing in morning ceremony in the cool waters.

8:30 am : We start our ride back to the plains (from 1200 meters) and spot a few monkeys waiting by the road. Probably in hope that some passengers will throw them food.

We engage into narrow countryside roads. At the entrance of a village, we encounter these waterbuffaloes powering a water pump.

Meanwhile sheep gather at one of the few water points left during dry season.

Life in the countryside is tough. This kid helps his mother to bring back home dried cow dejections. It will be used to start the fire.

11am : We finally reach what is often referred to as the most beautiful of India's temple in Ranakpur. I take a little walk aside, climb a hill and hope that I'll not encounter any cobras up there. The view is worth it.

We hit the road again and go through many small villages. Women are always dressed wonderfully, contrasting with the filthy main streets we drive through.

3pm : Another stop at Fort Kumbhalgarh, a fortress that was taken only once in its whole history. The site host dozens of temples and a kilometers long mural. I find myself alone on top of the fort, with strong winds and a stunning 360 view over the valleys.

7pm : We arrive in Udaipur for sunset. The city is so wonderful, but this is another story. To be followed …

All pictures taken with Leica M9, 35mm Lux Asph and 50mm Summicron

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