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...
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...

Sunset at Mont Abu

As the heat pounds the plains of Rajasthan, some lucky Indians are able to escape by reaching the heights of Mont Abu. Located 1700 meters...
As the heat pounds the plains of Rajasthan, some lucky Indians are able to escape by reaching the heights of Mont Abu. Located 1700 meters above sea level, temperatures are cooler and a nice little village stands on the shores of a small lake. They sometimes call it the Switzerland of Radjasthan, maybe, but for sure a more colorful one. When sunset comes, all visitors head to the peak that stands above the resort to view a stunning sunset. Some will opt for some help to concur the last kilometer, trolled around in tiny karts by men in turban. Monkeys...

The curiosity of species

Who said that man (women ...) were the most curious species ? Note that I am still posting with my cell phone due to lack...
Who said that man (women ...) were the most curious species ? Note that I am still posting with my cell phone due to lack of wifi connections in hotels. Therefore, I have to restrain to one picture a day, and will have to wait to post series again. Too bad because Rajasthan is absolutely amazing.

The blue city’s little artist

We are now in Jodhpur, named the blue city because most of its walls are painted in this color. Even young little kids seem keen...
We are now in Jodhpur, named the blue city because most of its walls are painted in this color. Even young little kids seem keen on perpetuating this tradition. (click on picture for high res)

In the house of Ganesh

Most houses in Jaiselmer have a representation of Ganesh by their entrance. A God with a human body and elephant head, he is the favorite...
Most houses in Jaiselmer have a representation of Ganesh by their entrance. A God with a human body and elephant head, he is the favorite of Indians. Might he bring protection and happiness to all of them (click on picture for high res)

The camel and the kid

We went on a camel safari today. Little Bhopal was our guide. Like many here, born and raised among camels. It showed.
We went on a camel safari today. Little Bhopal was our guide. Like many here, born and raised among camels. It showed.

The gate of Bikaner

Bikaner was home of some of the greatest Maharadjad. Colors and styles are reminiscent of luxurious times. Note that we are having problems to find...
Bikaner was home of some of the greatest Maharadjad. Colors and styles are reminiscent of luxurious times. Note that we are having problems to find internet connections. I have a big backlog of emails and comments to answer, so sorry and hope I can catch up soon.

Mandawa colors

Our first stop in Rajasthan is the city of Mandawa, famous for its painted walls. These three girls created a painting of their own with...
Our first stop in Rajasthan is the city of Mandawa, famous for its painted walls. These three girls created a painting of their own with their colorful clothing (click on pictures for high res)

Delhi in a taxi

The best way to discover Delhi is probably to hire a taxi for a day. Then let yourself guide to the surprises of this city,...
The best way to discover Delhi is probably to hire a taxi for a day. Then let yourself guide to the surprises of this city, be it people, animals, or monuments.  (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M9 and 35mm Lux Asph

My M9 made it to India – The Jama Masjid Mosque

My mother has just joined us from Switzerland for a three weeks Radjasthan tour. I asked her to bring my M9 along. I'll come back...
My mother has just joined us from Switzerland for a three weeks Radjasthan tour. I asked her to bring my M9 along. I'll come back to the reasons for that later this week, but put it simply : 46mm (35mm on the Leica M8) is simply too tight for India. Since my girlfriend had taken along a 50mm Cron (which I had never used so far), I'll revert to the 35mm + 50mm combo on the M9 for the three remaining months of your trip. Today's series is therefore the first taken with the Leica M9. It took me a...