A little walk in Rajasthan, India

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  • An old door in the streets of Jaipur.
    «How can we be free to watch and learn when, from birth until the time of our death, we are shaped by a particular culture, in a small pan of our self? We have been conditioned for centuries by our nationalities, our caste, our classes, our traditions, our religions, our languages, through education, literature, art, by customs, conventions, through propaganda of all kinds, economic pressure, dietary patterns, different climates, for our families and friends through our experiences, by all the influences to which we can think and that, so that our responses to all problems that arise, are packed. Do I realize that I am conditioned?» Krishnamurti
  • Portrait, Jaipur
  • Countryside near Jaisalmer
    «There is a virus which does not heal. As soon as it enters us, it leaves us more. It regularly remembers our good memories, fills us with longing and makes us want to leave everything as soon as possible to take, once again, a good dose of it. Worse than a hard drug, it then leads into a period of mild euphoria which fades slowly. Before coming back one day. This virus is the journey. The syndrome of the traveler. And India is one of the most powerful. India's got no antidote»
  • The «Nandi», Jodhpur. Animals, including snakes and cows are venerated in India. The cow, a symbol of India, is the benevolent face of the mother goddess, fertility and nurturing. Number of cows and bulls move freely in India. You see them in the cities or along high-traffic areas, insensitive to ambient agitation.
  • Chai time, Jodhpur
  • Hawa Mahal is a palace in Jaipur. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate latticework. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict purdah (face cover). Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur's business centre. It forms part of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana or women's chambers, the chambers of the harem.
  • Ornament typical of the region of Jaisalmer
  • Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur city in Rajasthan state, is one of the largest forts in India. The fort is situated 400 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards.
  • In the streets of Kota
  • Complicity, old town, Jaisalmer
  • Entrance of a house in the Jaisalmer fort
  • The ritual of Barber shop ... It's A Man's World ... In India, there are barbers absolutely everywhere, they have their own room or exercise their talents on sidewalks in the center of cities. A meeting place, a relaxing moment and a sheer necessity, the local men are maintained beard and mustache at the barber for a few handfuls of rupees.
  • Dedicated to the goddess Parvati, Gangaurfestival is held after Holi. Unmarried girls go to the Gauri temple, and askthe goddess to grant them a husband. Married women, laws require long life andprosperity for their husbands. The legend says that women who do not chant withsincerity and a real joy will marry a husband grumpy and cantankerous. Thefestival ends with a procession of caparisoned elephants and horses.
  • In a chai shop at the entrance to the Jaisalmer fort
  • In the streets of New Delhi, Pahr ganj area
  • «I am firmly convinced that Salvation in India depends on the dedication of its women, and the light they give us». Mahatma Gandhi
  • Holy cow, Haridwar Station, Uttar Pradesh
  • Pushkar Lake is located in the town of Pushkar, in Ajmer district of the Rajasthan state of western India. Pushkar Lake is a sacred lake of the Hindus. The Hindu scriptures describe as it as Tirtha-Raj – the king of pilgrimage sites related to a water-body and relate it to the mythology of the creator-god Brahma, whose most prominent temple stands in Pushkar. The Pushkar Lake finds mention on coins as early as the 4th century BC. Pushkar Lake is surrounded by 52 bathing ghats, where pilgrims throng in large numbers to take a sacred bath, especially around Kartik Poornima (October–November) when the Pushkar Fair is held. A dip in the sacred lake is believed to cleanse sins and cure skindiseases. Over 500 Hindu temples are situated around the lake precincts.
  • In the old town of Jaisalmer
  • Portrait
  • Here is a series of photographs I took in northern India between 2002 and 2010, mostly in Rajasthan but also in Delhi and Agra. Northern India is mythical, eternal, a dream coming alive with elephants and Maharajas palaces, saddhus and Jain temples, colorful festivals and the Taj Mahal, with its megacities, indescribable mixture of medieval and modern, with its procession of misery and jams.

    Ethnic groups in large quantities, a few thousand years of history, different religions, sacred cows everywhere and such a richness and diversity that you’ll always be surprised, even after having stayed there several times.

    Rajasthan is certainly to be among the most beautiful areas of India. Rajasthan is the land of kings, gods, India's sublime. Its mysteries and all its imaginary flame up here. Like a fairy tale kingdom, the state is full of magical cities: Jodhpur and its blue houses, Jaipur which declines ocher pink, Jaisalmer fortress of golden sand, Udaipur, dotted with white palaces, or Pushkar, huddled around its sacred lake. These magnificent buildings are the work of the Rajputs, a warrior people and feudal lords to whom honor was more important than life and dominated the region for centuries.

    I hope you like these pictures. Have a nice trip. If you want to see more of my work, feel welcome to have a look at my website www.parcheminsdailleurs.com