India as a travel destination
The photographer was prepared that India would be an explosion of colors, smells and noises. Each travel guide draws a clear picture of the colorful, different India and also reports show intense images of the subcontinent. The temperatures and humidity of the rainy season would be very high. When he landed in the middle of the night in Delhi, he felt well prepared for his journey in India. Nevertheless, it seemed to him as if he would run against a sultry wall as soon as he stepped out of the airport building. The driver of the photographer's prepaid cab drove through the night along with camels and elephants and almost no road light and made his presence be heard through loud, loud horns. The photographer's India adventure had begun and he was right in the middle. Horns became the most striking sound of the trip. No matter whether bus, car or rickshaw, every occasion will be honored. Even the apparent absence of other road users is not a reason not to honk. It is simply meant to be perceived and not to perish in the raging traffic. The traffic is breathtaking. On four-lane roads, at least seven vehicles travel side by side, overtaking maneuvers are adventurous and most of the vehicles are overhauled. As a rickshaw driver told him, there are only three things to be done in India: Good brakes, a good horn and, above all, good luck. The fact is that the traffic fascinated him almost every day. Cabs are so cheap that you can do without public transport. Sometimes you have to use it, along with hundreds or thousands of other passengers. The ride with the suburban train in the rushhour is an experience. The Republic of India has actually two principal short names in both official and popular English usage, each of which is historically significant, 'India' and 'Bharat' and the constitution of India states that India, that is Bharat, shall be a union of states, implicitly codifying India and Bharat as equally official short names for the Republic of India. A third name, 'Hindustan', is sometimes an alternative name for the region comprising most of the modern Indian states of the subcontinent when Indians speak among themselves and the usage of 'Bharat', 'Hindustan' or 'India' depends on the context and language of conversation. Bharat, the name for India in several Indian languages, is variously said to be derived from the name of Rishabha's son Bharata. At first the name Bharata referred only to some area of the Gangetic Valley in North India, but was later more broadly applied to the Indian subcontinent and the region of Greater India, as was the name India.
Between deserts and fertile plains
In the north-west of India a Rajasthan state opens its doors, which lack neither magic nor historical facets. The Indian state has a long and moving history, which finds its beginnings after the results of recent archaeological excavations long before the high-culture in the Indus valley. Even today it is possible to take a look at the history and the remaining traces. Monuments of the ancient cultures provide a breathtaking view of the history and show the diversity and richness of Rajasthan's culture today. However, it is no longer only the historical facets which characterize Rajasthan today as hardly any other federal state. The period in which the state was governed by the Rajputs is still evident today in the remaining reminiscences. Above all, at a later period, the state was repeatedly visited by various conflicts. While Rajasthan was ruled by the Rajputs, there were always wars and clashes in which they were facing the Turks, as well as the Sultans from Delhi. The moguls also regularly fought clashes with the Rajputs. It was not until later that they settled down in North India. The British invasion finally shaped the years of the 18th century. At first Rajasthan succeeded in asserting himself against colonial power. It was only at the beginning of the 19th century that they finally had to give up their rule. In the west of Rajasthan extends an area that is largely sterile and dry. A total of a third of the total area is today part of the Thar desert. On the other hand, we find shallow slopes in the south-west, which, however, suffer much less from the drought. These fields are considered more fruitful. While in the west on average only 100 mm of precipitation fall, the precipitation quantity in the southeast is on average 650 mm. Most rain falls during the monsoon. Rajasthan is a region for true adventurers. Especially those, who decide for adventure trips, are right here. A highlight is certainly a tour of the Aravallis. It is one of the oldest mountainous areas in the country. The Maharajah can still be traced today. The best known areas of Rajasthan can be explored in the framework of horse and camel safari. A highlight, however, are surely also the palace tours, which to this day are really something magnificent. Numerous old palaces have been converted into hotels in recent years and offer a breathtaking ambience for individual travel.
Caste system is hard to be understood
A caste is an inherited social class, especially in traditional Indian society. Within Hinduism, caste affiliation plays a significant role and the castes are often perceived as god-given, while other Indian religious movements such as Buddhism and Sikhism reject the caste system and appeal to the lower caste. The word caste covers two different Indian words, namely varna that means "color, quality" and Jāti, which means birth. In India, the Jāti are often the most important category, as it is primarily membership of a particular Jāti that determines what social norms one is subject to and who one can marry. The Jāti are usually associated with a particular social function in Indian society and the affiliation with a particular Jāti is often reflected in the surnames. There are many thousands of Jāti, but they are usually grouped into four main groups, namely the Varna. Brahmins Priests, scholars, must impart sacred knowledge and take care of religion. Kshatriyas Chiefs and warriors, must protect the people and make sacrifices. Vaishyas Traders, artisans and landowners must keep cattle, cultivate the land and trade. Sudras the servants, must perform manual work for the other castes. Outside the caste system are Dalits or casteless, who are considered lower than even the Sudras. They are often the poorest farmers, butchers, unskilled workers, street performers, laundresses or leather workers. Common to them is that they are considered unclean professions. If you touch a casteless person, it is said that you yourself will be casteless in your next life and another explanation for being casteless is that you have been a bad person in your previous life. Therefore, almost no one rich and poor questions their place in the Indian castes. This, of course, means and has done that there have not been very many rebels against law enforcement and India's very strong class system. In India, discrimination based on caste differences is prohibited, but in practice, the lower castes and the casteless are discriminated against. The caste system in India is the paradigmatic ethnographic example of caste and it originated in ancient India and was transformed by various ruling elites in medieval, early-modern and modern India, especially the Mughal Empire and the British Raj.
So with that said, caste is a form of social stratification characterized by a style of life which often includes an occupation, ritual status in a hierarchy and customary social interaction and exclusion based on cultural notions of purity and pollution. Its paradigmatic ethnographic example is the division of India's Hindu society into rigid social groups, with roots in India's ancient history and persisting to the present time. However, the economic significance of the caste system in India has been declining as a result of urbanization and affirmative action programs. A subject of much scholarship by sociologists and anthropologists, the Hindu caste system is sometimes used as an analogical basis for the study of caste-like social divisions existing outside Hinduism and India. The term 'Caste' is also applied to morphological groupings in female populations of ants and bees. Modern India's caste system is based on the artificial superimposition of a four-fold theoretical classification called the Varna on the natural social groupings called the 'Jāti'. The practical division of the society had always been in terms of Jātis the so-called birth groups, which are not based on any specific principle, but could vary from ethnic origins to occupations to geographic areas. The Jātis have been endogamous groups without any fixed hierarchy but subject to vague notions of rank articulated over time based on lifestyle and social, political or economic status. Many of India's major empires and dynasties like the Mauryas, Shalivahanas, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas among many others, were founded by people who would have been classified as Shudras, under the Varnas system. It is well established that by the 9th century, kings from all the four castes, including Brahmins and Vaishyas, had occupied the highest seat in the monarchical system in Hindu India, contrary to the Varna theory. In many instances, as in Bengal, historically the kings and rulers had been called upon, when required, to mediate on the ranks of Jātis, which might number in thousands all over the subcontinent and vary by region. In practice, the Jātis may or may not fit into the Varna classes and many prominent Jātis, for instance the Jats and Yadavs, straddled two Varnas for instance Kshatriyas and Vaishyas and the Varna status of Jātis itself was subject to articulation over time. The social division with castes in India is hard to be understood, let alone accepted for the traveler and tourist. Nevertheless, the caste system in India is still a visible and much-discussed reality. Almost all of the poor are either part of the 'Scheduled castes' or the untouchables Dalits as well as the Adevasi Indigenous peoples. Traditionally many professions are denied them, often they live outside the village communities. Tourists can try to convince local people of the senselessness and reprobation of this centuries-old system. However, it is strange to many Indians or simply rude to do. The fate of the lowest caste, which accounts for nearly twenty percent of all Indians, has dramatically improved for the better over recent decades. Dalit is mostly used to describe communities that have been subjected to untouchability and the Dalits have had lowest social status in the traditional Hindu social structure. In the past, they were believed to be so impure that caste Hindus considered their presence to be polluting. The impure status was related to their historic hereditary occupations that Hindus considered to be "polluting" or debased, such as working with leather, working with night soil and other dirty work. These Untouchables are also called Dalit and formerly Harijan in the traditional Indian society for any member of a wide range of low-caste Hindu groups and any person outside the caste system.
Photography blog from India
Many of the written blogs provided by the photographer provides commentary on a particular subject in India, others function as more personal online photo diaries. On the blog posts you can see a that a typical blog by the photographer combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic of photography. The photographer has on some of the photo blogs made the ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format which is an important contribution to the popularity of many picture blogs online. Most of the blogs are primarily with a focus on the photos, although some are textual of a specific theme. The structure of blogs by the photographer is focusing on the story behind the pictures, so the community of all blogs known as the blogosphere can get the background story of images from India. Since all blogs are online by definition, also when blogging about India, they may be seen as interconnected and socially networked, through blogrolls, comments, linkbacks which are refbacks, trackbacks or pingbacks and backlinks. Discussions of the photographer's photos in the blogosphere are occasionally used by the media as a gauge of public opinion on various issues. Because new, untapped communities of bloggers including travel bloggers and NGO's and their readers can emerge in the space of a few years, many people's attention to life in India in the blogosphere including the photos from India.
Online photography stories
Online photography is content that is delivered on the Internet. Blogs can be delivered more quickly through this method of writting as well as accessed more easily. The internet era has transformed the understanding of blogging. Because the internet allows communication which is not only instantaneous, but also multi-directional, it has blurred the boundaries of which stories a photographer can tell. A common type of internet journalism is called blogging, which is a service of persistently written articles uploaded and written by one or more individuals. Millions of people in countries such as India has taken up blogging. Many blogs have rather small audiences and some blogs are read by millions each month. Photography websites like this one of a Travel photographer have become an important source of cultural understanding and for disseminating links to heritage and things in India. Delivering a blogroll whose headlines you as a reader can find interesting and where one can discover stories about poverty and street photography as it happened through the eyes of a photographer. By reading the blog posts above one can learn more about topics that are important about traveling to India.
Monumental sights of India
Everyone knows the monumental sights of India even those, who have never been there might know how India look like. He would especially like to share his impressions of humans and animals in India with his photographs. Because in my opinion, India captivates not only by well-known sights, but rather by country and people and in this country one understands with its people and actually also with its animals. Because animals play a bigger role in India than the photographer ever suspected. But let us start from the beginning. A saying which is called Incredible India. And India is indeed incredible... incredibly loud, bustling and hectic, dirty, odor-intensive, colorful, flavorful, exhausting and all in all incredibly fascinating. On arrival in India, one thing is as certain as 'Amen' in the church and the 'Om' in yoga class, the culture shock! No matter how much you have read and seen about it, no matter how much you have traveled no matter how you travel, it comes and paralyzes your senses for one to several days. The sensory overload is just too big and all the senses are in demand. smelling, seeing, feeling and most intensively affected the photographer by listening. India is indescribably loud just by the Indian's favorite hobby and the honking. Pure cacophony. One of the most important travel utensil before gastrointestinal drugs, good earplugs. After all, a possible vomiting diarrhea will pass by and India's cacophony will remain there for about eighteen hours a day. At the beginning of traveling in India there are the following three survival rules in India before the photographer left the hotel in Delhi for the first time. One of these rules is to be patient, expect the unexpected and if one want to cross a street, just walk and never watch the drivers. When he rattled the rules of India in a few minutes after setting up the rules in droves with lowered tourist heads, he knew what is was meant. The traffic in India is so chaotic that a European would never cross a street if he could not turn his gaze to his heart instead of onto the street. This is the only way to get to the destination, namely across the street. Over time, you learn that an Indian is indeed a chaotic road user, but has his vehicle fully under control. In complete traffic chaos, especially relaxed cows run around in slow motion, but also dogs, camels and pigs are permanent road users who are respected and who, miraculously, are not harmed. Jaipur is the 3 million capital of Rajasthan and is also known as the "pink city" because of the buildings made of pink sandstone. Jaipur is the perfect example of Rajasthan architecture with beautiful palaces, chaotic markets and winding, magnificent buildings. The best way to get around Rajasthan is on foot or for sights far out of the way, it is worth taking a rickshaw driver or the local bus. Over three million people live here, which is a huge city for the photographer, but not by Indian standards. He has heard a lot about the sights in Jaipur and he did not know quite to exspect really. When he went into one of the main streets in Jaipur, he was besieged by a whole horde of drivers, as always when we arrive at a new location. Everyone offers us their services and wants to do business with us. From all sides everyone is talking to us at the same time and everyone wants to convince us that their services are the best. He took his time to orientate himselve and carried all bags and photo equipment over his shoulders. As his hotel is only a hundred meters away, he decided to walk this route. Jaipur has many attractions to offer so many that you should either take your time or think carefully about which ones you want to watch and which you do not. On the way to Amber Fort, we made a photo stop at the Jal Mahal. The Water Palace was built as a summer residence for a ruling family and still looks majestic in the middle of the water. He got on the with his driver to Amber Fort, just got off a short time earlier. When you have taken enough photos, you can stop the next bus on the street and continue.
Stages of an India journey
In Agra, if possible, visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise or not and not on a weekend as the mystical atmosphere can be disturbed by too many people. As the most well-known sight of Agra and also of India is of course the Taj Mahal, one of the new wonders of the world, which was built on a large marble platform. The great mogul Sha Jahan had it built in 1631 for his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal, which is why it is still regarded as an outstanding proof of love. Nestled in a flowering garden just outside the city, the tomb is a popular destination for tourists as well as newly wedded Indian couples. The Agra Fort, also known as the Red Fort, is another significant building in the city and its construction was commissioned by the mogul Akbar and the fortress is surrounded by a wall about twenty meters high and the wall and most of the buildings are built of red sandstone, hence the name of the fort. In this fort one should definitely take a local guide who can explain the history of the fort vividly and the few rupees are super invested. In Jaipur, in addition to the well-known attractions such as the Amber Fort and Water Palace, it is of course worth taking a look at Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds, which is actually not a palace, but just a façade. Behind this façade the ruler's women could indulge themselves undisturbed in their favorite time looking at the scenery and, as he said, without being seen for himself. What impressed him most was the Pink City, the old city center of Jaipur. Here comes a very oriental feeling and you really feel like you're in another world. Another highlight in Jaipur can be a visit to a Bollywood movie in Jaipur's famous cinema. A true happening. Together with these two cities, it forms the so-called Golden triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and it is on the one hand a vibrant economic center and a modern metropolis. But the centuries-old story is still palpable. The old Jaipur, dyed in the typical pink, filled every visitor with admiration. Historic sites include the City Palace. Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh built the castle to receive visitors in style. The building now houses a museum of royal robes, cashmere scarves and silk saris. There is also an impressive collection of weapons in the Palace of the Maharani. Another stage in this region is Jodhpur, which is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan after Jaipur and famous for Meherangarh Fortress, perched high on a ridge.
Once upon a time in India
In Pushkar, the Hindu blessing on Holy lake in Pushkar may seem a bit touristy, but still captivates you. Also touristy, but highly romantic as the the camel safari in the evening desert, including nocturnal home ride under India's starry sky. Indescribably beautiful. Called the most romantic spot on the continent of India Udaipur is a tourist destination and is known for its history, culture, scenic locations and the Rajput-era palaces. Romance is an emotional feeling of love for, or a strong attraction towards another person and the courtship behaviors undertaken by an individual to express those overall feelings and resultant emotions, but it can also be towards a place. In this city there is more romance in the many restaurants with rooftop terraces and undisturbed views of the evening illuminated City Palace is not suspected. The city of Udaipur is often referred to as the Venice of the East or City of the Lakes. To emphasize is the Palace of Jag Niwas, an architectural and artistic masterpiece, located in the middle of the Pichola lake. On the lake shore on a hill is the beautiful monsoon palace Sajjan Garh. Besides its palaces, Udaipur is also famous as a center of the fine arts, crafts and painting. Once upon a time, the city was the capital of the kingdom of Mewar. After the independence of India, she was integrated into the state of Rajasthan. In Ranakpur, the only attraction here is the 1000 year old temple, which belongs to the Jainism, one of the numerous religions in India. Here a long-sleeved top and long pants or skirt must have it, otherwise, the very adventurous ride on the jeep to the temple was not worth it, because you can not visit it with short clothes from the inside. Discover India in a relaxed way with the photographs from India on this website and if the culture shock is overcome and you have become somewhat acquainted with the customs of the Indians. Not for nothing is Mumbai called Maximum City and it is hard to imagine this city has ever been entirely quiet or that the scents of incense and fried food have failed to comigle on a hot afternoon. Another of its nicknames is the City of Dreams, a place where Bollywood stars are revered as demigodss. A first-time visitor will not fail to notice that the spectre of poverty seems to lurk around every corner, too, but with a booming construction sector and the Mumbai metro projects slowly trasforming an ailing transport infrastructure, Mumbai is moving steadily, noisily, vibrantly into a hopeful new era. A constantly changing kaleidoscope of things has kept him as a photographer drawn to India. This country has unveiled itself in all its complexity and beauty in and almost addicted way. Here everyone believes in different things even within Hinduism, there are millions of way practising, different gods to worship and a choise of festivals to observe. India has made the photographer more open-minded and the country is so vast and varied, a true muticulture and is massive pluralistic in every sense, racially, religiosly climatically, geographically.
Writing and blogging from India
A blog is a website which enables individuals, groups or organisations to easily publish content on the Internet. It is a website that is like an online diary and the word 'Blog' is a shortened form of the combined term web log, which literally means to keep a log on the web of the events in some part of your life. Blogs began by publishing online diaries often with a particular focus of interest to others for instance with his popular blog posts 'Child Beggars of New Delhi' or 'Glimpses of India'. Cheaper and faster to update than writing a book, some early blogs attracted massive followings of readers from around the world. These days, blogs and travel blogs are used for a wide range of online publishing purposes and the concept blog can be used as a noun to refer to the India photography website where information or opinions are published. It can also be used as a verb referring the the act of posting or updating material on a blog website. We refer to the publishers of this type of website as bloggers and the act of posting new entries as blogging. A blog website incorporates a number of distinct features which have contributed to blogging becoming a social phenomenon as her eon the thus photographer website with blog post from India. The ease of publishing a blog post has circumvented the requirement for traditional publishers as intermediaries for distributing information. Many blog websites incorporate the feature for anyone to comment on posts facilitating the ability for immediate interaction and networking on a global scale. Feeds generated from blog sites enable automated connections and reconfiguration of information not previously possible with traditional means of publishing, thus signalling a shift for users searching for information to information finding its users. Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language, but a tool used to make languages be read. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols. The result of writing is called text and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence, record keeping and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, maintaining culture in India. Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject or topic, ranging from travel to destinations. Others function as more personal online diaries or online brand advertising of a particular individual or company. A typical blog combines text, digital images and links to other blogs, web pages and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave publicly viewable comments, and interact with other commenters, is an important contribution to the popularity of many blogs. The blogosphere is made up of all blogs and their interconnections and the term implies that blogs exist together as a connected community or as a collection of connected communities or as a social networking service in which everyday authors can publish their opinions. Since the term has been coined, it has been referenced in a number of media and is also used to refer to the Internet. Within the blogosphere, several sub-communities have developed and these communities are largely divided by genre. Blogs are often identified by a specific genre or topic, such as travel as the photographer's blog.