Sunday, March 5, 2017

A 'Wedding street' in Jaipur.

Home again, home again.....
I still have lots of pics from places I haven't posted about. 

This might be the last post on this blog from this trip, and any other single images from the trip I may just post on  I may put up a notice here and 'threetravellers' when I post these on that site.....but maybe not! 

Anyway, walking back towards our hotel after a hard day of  'seeing stuff' in Jaipur, Rajasthan, we took a turn on to a short street that was filled with sellers of wedding clothes - gorgeous colourful sarees and dresses.  Very typical to have a lot of shops together selling the same class of stuff.  This one just had a bit more colour than a street of car parts.

Please click on the pic to embiggen.

...and if you had the nerve, some golgappas (pani puri), which never did anything but give me stomach problems....

....or some hot snacks.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Rishikesh - Men in Orange

All over the towns of Rishikesh and Haridwar are the Men in Orange.  These are Sadhus, people who have renounced  a regular life for one dedicated to achieving spiritual liberation, partly through living a very austere life.  Some are newbies (men or women who have just left their regular lives & families) and usually look relatively neat & tidy, often with pressed clothes,  while others have obviously been 'on the road' for some time.  As many have no money behind them, many spend part of the day begging for alms or donations. Anyway, here are some shots of a few in Rishikesh.
As usual, click on a pic to embiggen.

 Well-to-do Sadhu in a race with a Royal Enfield :)

 A few guys wandering down a road.

Some guys looking for alms on the side of a road.

Still doing pretty ok- keeping connected.

Sitting in a quiet garden.

Keeping things organized at a tea stall

Living in a cave for 32 years.

...and his current built-up 'cave' on the banks of the Ganga,
with a three foot tall door.

Nice matching sneakers!

Monday, February 20, 2017

A stop for a bite - a chhota of Choti-wala

Not that I'm pushing this particular restaurant, but there's a vegetarian restaurant in Rishikesh, one of a chain, called Choti-walas.  There are apparently a number in the region that are copy-cat versions, and one copy-cat apparently is even right beside the 'actual'.  Don't know, but the one I ate near the Ram Jhula bridge was really fast, had very tasty food, fairly reasonably priced, and seemed clean enough.
There is also a certain 'entertainment factors' to the entrances to these places at the entrance, as the photos below show.
Please click on the picture to embiggen!

Welcome to Chotiwala - ISO 9001 certified!
An absolutely excellent thali - different tastes but great!

Greeting you at the front
...and greeting you at the front of the other Chotiwala next door!
The real greeters!

.....and the other one in the other place.
A good look at his 'choti' - the hair thing on the back of his head.

...and if you need a home delivery!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


OK.  I really, really don't like monkeys.  I mean, really don't.  They are truly nasty, brutish and short.
However, they have their moments.
We are in Rishikesh, in Uttarkhand, northern India, and the place we were staying has a large expanse of flowers over their outside eating area, and next to the room we had.  Turns out that a local troupe of monkeys love the little bit of nectar in the base of the flowers.  Once a day, later afternoon, they come and pick flowers and chew on the base of the flowers with the nectar.
Not like they're nice about it. They will actually make threatening gestures at people if you try to keep them away from the outside seating areas next to your room, and can be aggressive back at you if you try to chase them away.  Freaking monkeys.
Our room on the right, the 'blanket' of flowers on the left.

....and of course, tearing a seat cushion apart for fun.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A touch of a 'Taj'

Near Aurangabad is a 1660AD tomb called Bibi Ka Maqbara, known as the mini-Taj Mahal.  Built by the Mogul Aurangzeb for his first wife.  It certainly resembles the Taj Mahal, but rather than built all in marble it's mostly a kind of plaster.  It's still good for a visit.

First, on the road a few water buffalo strolling by:

An old door feature
The inside ceiling of the dome
The mausoleum below the main floor
Looking toward the ceiling in one of the four recesses
A recess with marble screen
A few pics of the mosque next to the tomb

Anne and another visitor
Trying to get a pic