We went to a royal wedding in Jodhpur, our wonderful Rajasthani guide obtained an invitation for us through the bride’s family. The rituals and colors were amazing, with many maharajahs and diplomats in attendance. There was a marvelous procession: the groom entered on a white horse dressed in gold brocade with many of the maharaja’s walking beside him, drums, horns and bells were blaring and prayers were offered. They were greeted by guests ready with marigold garlands to drape over their heads. The men carried antique family swords wrapped in scarfs – its called peace tying. Their colorful turbans flowed down their backs and some wore beautiful turban jewels. Quiite a site…
The women were in a different area, at this wedding they celebrated separately.
Mark Twain: “So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.”
The Varanasi Ganga Aarti takes place every sunset at holy Dasaswamedh Ghat, near Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
Ladakh, or “Little Tibet” as it is known, is a wildly beautiful desert region high in the Western Himalayas. It is a place of few resources and an extreme climate, and a culture over 1000 years old. Leh, Ladakh, a fabled city, is on the ancient silk route.
In the month of September, the ‘moonscape’ of Ladakh comes alive with a magic of its own. The people, wearing gold and silver ornaments and turquoise headpieces, dance in the streets. Traditional dances depict the many legends of Ladakh, the hermit kingdom. Ancient monasteries sport flags in a riot of colors, display tankhas and have archery competitions, horse-polo, and more .
Leaving Tuesday, finally, after many earlier summer plans went awry…I wonder how it will be…
September Festivals in Ladakh
This is a photo from The Crooked Trails website…
We will have little internet access but I will try to post when I can…
LONDON (June 18th, 2012) Professional photographer Terri Gold was awarded 3rd Place – Honor of Distinction in People: Kushti Wrestlers in Delhi and two Honorable Mentions: At the Bathing Ghats and Racing with the Wind by the 7th Annual Black and White Spider Awards at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow. The live online ceremony webcast Saturday, June 9, 2012 was attended by photography fans in 72 countries who logged on to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.
The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from National Geographic, Fratelli Alinari, Heffel Fine Art to the Tate in London who honored Spider Fellows with 180 coveted title awards and 875 nominees in 14 categories.“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,223 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director.
BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.
Nevada Wier is an award-winning travel and fine-art photographer specializing in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. Enjoy her musings, creative tips, and practical suggestions. Excelsior!