My next post was supposed to be about Rishikesh, but in the meanwhile, I was lucky to be in Chennai when Cyclone Laila hit the city with all its might and splendour. Unfortunate soul that I am, I was stuck at work all day, but I did manage to shoot some pictures on the way to office and back. All of these are photos I shot from inside the car, through the windshield.
May 16, 2010
We went on a trip to Haridwar and Rishikesh in December, so I am about 6 months late posting this. It was a beautiful winter, and we drove from Delhi to Haridwar. We stayed in a hotel called Teerth, right on the bank of the Ganga. The hotel was pretty bad, but the view from our room more than made up for it - we could actually see the flowing river from our beds. The area we stayed in is called Har-Ki-Pairi, where all the action happens - the famous Ganga aarti happens here, pilgrims take dips in the holy water here, there are loads of ancient temples including one dedicated to Ganga, and there are several budget hotels targeted at pilgrims around this area.
What made Haridwar special for me was the abundance of photo opportunities everywhere I turned. Sadhus resplendent in their brightly coloured robes, pilgrims from all over the world, stalls on every street selling assortments of religious paraphernalia, people all over the place carrying out elaborate rituals - the place is a photographer's delight!
A sadhu right outside our hotel:
Pilgrims and tourists from all over the world:
The River Ganga gushing through Har-Ki-Pairi:
Vendors selling all kinds of trinkets, flowers and religious items:
The famous Ganga-ji ki aarti in Haridwar:
For these long exposure images, my dad set up the tripod on the bridge over the river, and I shot from there:
And here's one more shot of the aarti: