Between National Parks and other locations we had a few car journeys of 5 hours or so. I was rather dreading them but actually found them fascinating as there was so much to see along the way. The distances weren’t enormous but there are no motorways, hence the long travel time between places. Here’s a selection of photos taken on my phone through the car window which was mostly closed so please pardon the quality! (The header photo at the top is my favourite – I saw the lady as we were driving towards her and noticed that the green buildings matched her clothes. One click as we passed and it just so happened that she was perfectly framed by the archway. Timing (and luck) is everything!)
There aren’t many things that can’t be carried on a bike or motorbike, including families of 5!
‘Goods Carriers’, old and new.
I’m not sure what the celebration was for, but we saw lots of orange colours along the way.
The ladies wearing saris everywhere looked so elegant, but even the schoolgirls looked wonderful in their pristine uniforms. I can’t imagine children here wearing white trousers to school !
Cows are everywhere, often sitting, walking, or standing in the middle of the road, and traffic just weaves around them. It’s a shame there’s only one lying near the garage door 🙂
Almost without exception, lorries are highly decorated, not just the cabs but the sides and backs too. People also pack into and onto various forms of transport.
Women wearing saris sit sidesaddle on motorbikes. I saw many male drivers wearing helmets, whilst the women behind them did not. Quite often though, a helmet would be slung over an arm rather than on a head whilst riding!
Upon leaving our last national parks lodge we were given lunch to take on our journey. It was packed in recycled cardboard which in turn was wrapped in a newspaper ‘bag’. It wasn’t until I read the label on the bag that I learned about the ladies who made it, and despite a lot of rubbish in places, the lodges in the national parks are doing their best to be eco friendly, which I found impressive.
Since coming back to the UK I’ve been noticing the colours we wear here – far too much black, navy, grey and dull colours. I loved the colours in India – so bright and beautiful and in every hue imaginable.
Next stop – Taj Mahal
I’m running a trip to India in 2025 with the aim of photographing tigers and the Taj Mahal. Here is the link with details. Non photographer partners are very welcome.