Sunday, July 5, 2009

Pushkar-through my lens

Brahma Ghat: eternally peaceful
Pushkar lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake, in the Thar desert in the state of Rajasthan in India.The picturesque lake of Pushkar is set in a valley, surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the fourth. Pushkar is one of the sacred places for the Hindus; it has five principal temples, many smaller temples and 52 Ghats where pilgrims bathe in the sacred waters.
I really loved the time we spent there, some times I wish was there again. For me the turbaned heads of men, and colorful veils and skirts of the women, truly brought alive the arid desertscape. .

Amazing art work on the ceiling of our hotel room...
One thing we are very particular about is clean bathrooms in the hotels we stay in, Pushkar was no exception. It took us a while to find this one! Very clean….

Breath taking smile, with all the innocence of childhood.


Getting rid of all the sins...Pushkar sanan..


Man and wife - a team. I really like this picture, to me it very eloquently speaks of a union..

Few more women pilgrims...one can see the excitement for the trip in their eyes.
We were sitting on the Ghats enjoying some live folk music when we saw a SUV stop with very dark tinted windows. It took me by surprise to see a bunch of women who kept spilling out it…. they were very sweet and readily agreed to posed  for some  pictures.


Shadhu- contemplating..

Mother and daughter- man and nature- bonding...

Husband and wife duo- singing on the ghats....
During his wonderful recital we got chatting with him, when he told us about his family history, and that they have been singing on the Ghats for generations, and he hoped his children will continue the tradition. It is his second wife (in pictures) who accompanies him these days; she had a very powerful raw voice. He was very used to the tourist culture and it did not surprise us when at the end of the session he produced shoddily prepared a CD for us to buy at exorbitant price!
Her eyes say it all!

29 comments:

Mampi said...

Your post took my heart away. Your subjects are so wonderful-as if carved out for your camera. and girl, your camera, I am going to steal it one day-but how will i develop this talent of clicking that you have?

muthu said...

lovely snaps- esp of that gal smiling-

so natural. :)

Aparna said...

Lovely, lovely pictures. Simply loved the one of the man and woman, drying that white cloth.
Had been to pushkar long back. I dont know whether its true but have heard that the Brahma temple is the only one that exists in India.

Maddy said...

Man and his women in union picture speaks volumes!!

Jeevan said...

You simply put the words neatly, and the pictures get me a live feel. Loved her smile and the reflecting pushkar.

my wishes sujatha :)

Rajesh said...

Beautiful snaps. This is one of the place that I definitely want to vist.

sujata said...

Such beautiful shots, so candid and well captured. I love the last shot, the woman seems etched perfecttly

Sujata said...

Thanks Mampi. It was a very beautiful morning and Pushkar Lake with all its Ghats had an aurora of its own, for me it made every thing seem so very magical!

I took these picture with Nikon D40, I like using it so far. And you are welcome to use it anytime; maybe when I am in India the next time. When…. I am not sure….

Mampi, you take very good picture too, but than again you have such a magical way of using words you don’t need camera’s to paint pictures……..

Sujata said...

Thanks Muthu.

Sujata said...

Aparna, it is one of my fav pictures too.

As for the Brahma temple, I was also told by the pujari's that it was the only one that exists in the world!

Than few days ago, I read that there are four more in India...so I am not sure.

Sujata said...

Maddy, I agree with you, when I was taking the pictures even I did not realize how amazing their boby language was.

Sujata said...

Thanks Jeevan, I am glad you enjoyed the pictures!

Sujata said...

Rajesh, this place is worth visiting. I would also like to go back........ some day.....

Sujata said...

thanks sujata, I am glad you liked the pictures.

the folk singer.. she is a very beautiful women, it was plesure getting to know her too.

SILVER said...

yep. really like the one of the couple pic of a perfect union in harmony!

~Silver

Rush said...

hey..amazing travelogue..i found a travel friend in the bloggin world!!!

I absolutely adore travel articles and love writing..planning to make it my full time passion...will b reading all ur write ups..the pushkar mela and india gate look fab!!
where are u from?

i just started to write a travel column in MSN..u can see one of my published articles - http://lifestyle.in.msn.com/fashion/gallery.aspx?cp-documentid=3042674

yuva said...

It's a wonderful pictorial presentation. The quality of picture is so good that I can only say 'I wish I could'. Great presentation. Congrats

dinesh said...

Really all pictures are so nice and very alluring.

Mridula said...

Such rich colors, Rajasthani colors look so beautiful. That couple with the white cloth shot is sooooooo beautiful.

Deborah said...

Happy to meet you! Thank you for visiting my little patch of the world. I love all these photos, especially the man and woman. In all these beautiful brown eyes I see my dear friend, Hazara, who passed away several years ago. He had the sweetest Bambi eyes and a heart to match.

koala said...

Such a beautiful place! And well captured.

Final_Transit said...

Hi Sujata,
Loved the virtual tour of Pushkar... I haven't been there yet, but my grandfather used to tell me many stories from his childhood from around there! :)

Tarun Mitra said...

Excellent pictures...

Sujata said...

Tarun Mitra- thanks and Welcome Aboard. You have a very nice blog!

Sujata said...

Thanks Final_Transit. I love your Russia Series!

Sujata said...

Thaks SILVEER!

YUVA- I really appreciate your words!

Koala- thanks.

Midrula: Thanks. It is one of my fav pictures too!

Dinesh: thanks. I have to admit it was a very esay place to take ood pictures!

Sujata said...

Thanks Rush! And Welcome aboard! Yes, you have found a friend in Bogging world.
I am an American of Indian origin.
Congratulations on your series on MSN!!

Sujata said...

Deborah- welcome to my blog. I am sorry to hear about your loss. I am glad these pictures brought back nice memories of your friend.

'अदा' said...

Oh my god !!! simply marvelous, fantastic, breathtaking shots...
what the hell !!!
where was I all this time ?
What a beauty !!!! and Rajasthan ? its always in my dream...
unfortunately I have never been there...now I am dying to go there.
The best shot for me is Man and wife team walking together with long vail or saree...
I would like to re-live this shot... in Rajasthan...
Thank you very much for shareing..