During the scooter taxi ride back to the Hill Fort. Along the way, our driver stopped a few times to hail friends (had stopped on the way in to pick up his wife and small daughter, both gaudy in festival finery). One of these friends asked curiously where we had come from and where we… Continue reading Urban Alwar
This is the view from one of the round towers of the fortÂ on the village side. We look down in lordly splendor as perhaps its original owner did – although, in the 14th century, the sights and sounds would have been very different! Later, as dusk descended, we saw dozens of headlights on the road… Continue reading View from the Hill Fort, Kesroli
Another example of Indian urban wildlife. I’ve seen these all over north India, but had always assumed that chittering noise was birds. This exemplar lives at the Red Fort, Agra – more photos of that to come! You might also like: No related posts.
Screechy, colorful parrots are common in both urban and rural India. Their bright green feathers make a particularly nice contrast to the ancient red sandstone of monuments like Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi. You might also like: No related posts.
Diwali is the Festival of Lights, so the market in Alwar was full of light-making apparatus: candles (above), fireworks and diyas (above): add a wick of twisted cotton and some oil to make a very ancient kind of lamp, shown in action below: (Yes, I was startled by the firecracker going off.) ^ The hill… Continue reading Diwali Celebrations