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Tuesday, 1 June 2010

By Bus to Jaipur

Impressions of India: 23

This was a big family group also waiting at the Jain Travels 'Deluxe' bus departure point in Jodhpur. An uncle had just died and they were heading to his funeral (though not on my bus), hence the forehead daubs and garlands. Koshi, the beautiful girl on the right below, adopted me as her 'sister' and asked for a token of this before leading me and my luggage to my waiting bus, so I undid the little necklace given to me by Raj's dad at Shreenath Palace and gave her that, which seemed to satisfy. 
On the 11.30am bus, safely ensconced in my mattressed upper berth once more, although in the full heat of the day it became something of a microwave.
Our only pit-stop on the 8-hr journey - here's to strong bladders!
Back on the bus and eastward once more.
My favourite shot of this post, though I didn't dare buy/try one of the prettily-presented salad snacks.
A freshly-squeezed sugar-cane juice stall
a water station
and a smoking chimney I wouldn't want to use to advertise my company name. 

Posts still to come: 
Jaipur's flower market and stunning forts
Jodhpur's fort and palace
Udaipur's lake, bats and palace


  1. Some lovely portraits of the bus station family, and great image of the men sitting around nonchalantly in front of the dramatic film poster. Strong and colourful.

  2. Mary O'Dwyer White said...

    The colours you have captured are so vibrant, against contrasting, dusty shades of grey, especially in the women's garb, their outfits are inspiring my abstract drawings. Noticing the spread of modern technology amid both historical scenery and local culture is most engaging and quite a talent you have. Well done, Cathy.