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Thursday, 3 December 2009

Exploring Parts of India

India left me with mixed feelings. I wanted to visit the country where my parents were born and to visit the Taj Mahal and explore Rajeshtan. Emotionally, it was a roller coaster journey, mainly because of the plight of the young. Many work the streets as beggars or traders. Education seems to get in the way of survival as all members of the poorer families try to bring something to the collective table. Children as young as 5 are out there selling things like wool for use as wicks for oil burners, trinkets or food. Some work for the family business and go on to inherit the cart or shop from their fathers or mothers.

The one constant thing that stays in my mind about India is the colour. Whether poor or rich, the women and girls, and sometimes the men, of the country dress in wonderful, vibrant colours that transform the country. The people make India a photogenic place.


Viewing the images from India

The first set is a set of 3 Limited Edition Prints. The Album is called 'Reflections of Taj Mahal'.


Chittorgarh Fort is considered the largest fort in India and the best in the state of Rajasthan. The fort, plainly known as Chittor, was the capital of Mewar. It was ruled initially by Guhilot and later by Sisodias, the Suryavanshi clans of Chattari Rajputs, from 7th century A.D., till it was finally abandoned in 1568 AD after the siege by Emperor Akbar in 1567 AD. It sprawls majestically over a hill 180 m (590.6 ft) in height spread over an area of 280 ha (691.9 acres) above the plains of the valley drained by the Berach River. The fort precinct with an evocative history is studded with a series of historical and spectacular palaces, gates, temples and two impressive commemoration towers. These monumental ruins have inspired the imagination of tourists and writers for centuries.


The next set of shots were taken on the road from Delhi to Agra.


Jaipur, also popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan state, India. Jaipur is the former capital of the princely state of Jaipur. Founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, the city today has a population of more than 2 million residents. It is also known as Paris of India.


Nireli Temple in Ajmer, Rajeshtan is still under construction. I wasn't able to find out when the temple will be opening to the public. It looks like it will be used as a retreat as well with accomodation on site.


The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal as a symbol of his undying love for her.


Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is a city, a Municipal Council and the administrative headquarters of, the Udaipur district in the state of Rajasthan in western India. It is the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar in Rajputana Agency. Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state.


I hope you enjoy viewing the images. They are available for sale directly off the website. The purchasing options are above the images: A4 size unmounted = £12.99, A3 size unmounted = £22.99 and 36inch x 24 inch framed canvas = £89.99. Delivery to UK addresses is free. If you would like a print delivered to a country outside of the UK, please email me first at the_wolf1964@hotmail.com so that I can find the cheapest way of getting the print to you.

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