The beautiful Padmapani, holder of the lotus and protector of the Buddha, herself preserved by being hidden in a cave for 1500 years. India’s Mona Lisa?
John Smith of the 28th cavalry was out looking for tigers in 1819, when he found a cave, full of bats and rubble and used by local people for religious ceremonies.
He’d stumbled upon one of the world’s ancient wonders, man-made Buddhist caves dating back to at least the fifth century AD, and probably seven hundred years before that. John was so excited he scratched his name on the wall, as explorers were wont to do.
Since word got out about the discovery, millions of people have followed him into the Ajanta Caves, and although we take off our shoes or pull soft covers over them, we’re all doing our little bit to damage them.
Fair enough too. It’s at the door of a family fun fair, “Kingdom of Dreams”, in Delhi.
It’s a free, harmless and apparently endless source of amusement in someone else’s country to spot signs you would be unlikely to see at home. Continue reading
Where’s the ball? Nobody seems to be able to find it, let alone take a swing at it.
Dribble the ball down the wing, get behind the defence, then slam a pass across the face of goal for the striker to tap in.
I know the tactics from many years as a hockey player. Apparently my elephant does not. Continue reading
So far, so authentic. Bishnoi women sift grain for their cattle.
The trouble we’ll go to for a genuine ethnic experience!
It’s supposed to be illegal, even in India, to lick opium from a man’s hand. We thrill-seeking rebels did it anyway. Continue reading
A first glimpse through the gateway…ahhhh!
I did my best to take original shots of the world’s most photographed building. It isn’t easy. Continue reading
Both this man and his moustache are professionals. It’s what they do for a living, we’re told.
It may be a bit hokey at times, but this Maharajas Express train trip is pure theatre, and we love it.
At every whistle stop, before we board the bus to take us around each town, we’re greeted by troupes of local musicians and dancers. Continue reading