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  • Indian Pond Heron, Keoladeo Ghana National Park [Bharatpur, Rajasthan]

    The Indian Pond Heron, Ardeola grayii, frequently seen in Bharatpur.

  • Indian Pond Heron, Keoladeo Ghana National Park  [Bharatpur, Rajasthan]

    The Indian Pond Heron, Ardeola grayii, very common in India

  • Siberian Crane, Keoladeo Ghana National Park [Bharatpur, Rajasthan]

    The western and central populations of the Siberian Crane (Grus leucogeranus - also known as the Siberian White Crane or the Snow Crane), used to winter in Keoladeo National Park having migrated from Siberia through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Sadly, the last officially documented sighting of the Cranes in Keoladeo was in 2002. It may well be that this population now ceases to exist.

    Read more on the Critically endangered Siberian Crane.

  • Blue-cheeked Bee-eater [Unknown]

    I'm not a birdwatcher, so my guess as to exactly which bee-eater this is could be wrong. If you know better, then please do let me know.

  • Badmash, a Kulbhushan Gupta film [Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh]

  • Number 29 Tram [Calcutta (Kolkata)]

  • Picking tea [Darjeeling]

    One of my very few portraits in which the subject appears to be far from happy!

    Generally, such a photo would never get taken, as I make a great attempt to interact as much as possible with my subjects prior to, - and while - taking photos.

    In this instance, I was taking photos of other tea pickers, and this woman didn't seem to mind when I motioned that I would like to take a photo of her. While taking the photo, however, she put on a very glum attitude! I didn't take any more pictures of her.

  • Betel nut trader, Shillong market [Shillong, Meghalaya]

    The predominant indigenous (tribal) people of Meghalaya are the Khasis. Their traditional garb includes tartan cloth - here worn on the head.

  • Portrait [Bombay, (Mumbai), Maharashtra]
  • Waiting for the school bus [Pelling, Sikkim]
  • Decorators' Assistant [Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh]
  • Taj Ganj [Agra, Uttar Pradesh]
  • Prayer Flags [Darjeeling, West Bengal]
  • Pillar Box outside Temple [Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh]
  • 'Barrow Boys' [Bombay, (Mumbai), Maharashtra]

    Working in a market nearby the Victoria train terminus, these two teenagers take a well-earned rest in the shade of a lorry.

  • Asian Elephant in elephant grass [Kaziranga, Assam]

    One of the best wildlife parks in India, Kaziranga in Assam is perhaps best known as being one of the last two refuges of the Asian (one-horned) Rhinocerous.

    Taken in the winter of 1997/98, this image appeared in 1999's Rough Guide to IndiaRough Guide to India

  • Taj Mahal [Agra, Uttar Pradesh]

    Finding an original viewpoint for such a well-photographed building is a challenge in itself, especially when the light is changing by the minute.

    Under the gaze of a watchful guard, I lay flat on my belly to take this shot from a building to the east of the Taj, using the magnificent gateway as a frame.

  • Itmad-ud-daulah [Agra, Uttar Pradesh]
  • Macaque monkeys, Keoladeo Ghana National Park [Bharatpur]

    This was taken in Keoladeo Ghana National Park near Bharatpur in Rajasthan. The park is internationally famous for its indigenous and migratory birdlife. I met photographers here who come year after year, and spend weeks photographing the birds. They do make a truly spectacular sight (the birds, not the photographers), and the park is wonderfully peaceful and seems so remote from the hubbub that is Northern Plains India.

    There are also antelope, deer and many other types of mammal to be seen. Even on the busiest of days, the park is large enough to find a remote spot. Though if you've hired a bicycle for the day, (by far the best way to get around), make sure you don't get a puncture miles from anywhere. Yes - I did!

  • Prayer Flags [Darjeeling, West Bengal]

    Darjeeling is the start of a different India. The jump-off point for the rarely-visited North-eastern States and the small finger of Sikkim, it is an excellent place for a spot of recuperation. If you're travelling on the cheap - don't skimp on accommodation here. The weather is almost permanently damp and cold, so you'll want a cosy room, and there are some good bargains to be had.

    These flags were wrapped around a temple on Observation Point, where spectacular vistas of the Himalaya are to be had, - though you might have to wait a day or two for the mists to clear!

  • Taj Mahal [Agra, Uttar Pradesh]

    What is there left to say? Of all the places that I've visited in the world, then possibly the most beautiful man-made structure has to be the Taj Mahal.

    Get up before dawn, pay 105 rupees (£2/$1.25), rather than 15 rupees for the privilege of entering at that hour, and you'll appreciate the stunning changes that take place. The peacefulness and the quality of light, the sheer majesty of this building and its setting are truly awesome.

  • Bathing Ghats [Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh]
  • Temple [Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh]
  • Betel nut trader, Shillong market [Shillong, Meghalaya]

    Betel nut is grown locally in the region and pickled (really!) to preserve it.

    This lady was not averse to trying her own goods, (look at the teeth!)

  • Taj Mahal Minaret [Agra, Uttar Pradesh]

    After the majority of the manic rush for the dawn photos is over, you get a chance to experiment a little with different views.

    I saw a coffee-table photography book on the Taj when I was last in Bombay. The book was full of photos of the mausoleum, taken from every conceivable angle, at all times of day, throughout the year. A little over the top, perhaps, but a labour of love certainly. Visiting the Taj, you get a certain sense of wonder, and can appreciate why someone would choose to dedicate themselves to such a mammoth undertaking.

  • Toy Train [Darjeeling, West Bengal]
  • Taj Mahal [Agra, Uttar Pradesh]

    The 'traditional' viewpoint for a photo. Even at 6am, it was difficult to get in the right position with the surrounding crowds. Somehow, though, it still seemed peaceful.

  • Street portrait [Bombay, (Mumbai), Maharashtra]

    My best portraits are taken on the spur of the moment and this one of my favourites. I'd jumped on a bus in Bombay without having any fixed destination, and jumped off again just as quickly when I saw a particularly attractive-looking temple.

    While wandering around, trying to find a good viewpoint, these two chaps started to take an interest, (doubtless wondering what on Earth a tourist was doing in that part of town). I asked if I could take their photo, and they said yes.

    On a by-note, it's always worth asking to take portraits of strangers while travelling. You'll find that they rarely refuse. If they do, then you would have been intruding to take the shot without asking, and you can be sure that the photo would have been the less for it.

    When taking portraits, I prefer to get 'up close and personal' with my subject, often using a wide angle viewpoint, and chatting all the while so as not to overly-intrude on 'personal space', (which at any rate is set at a much closer distance in many Asian lands than in the West). In this case, I made the shy one the focal point, and left his more exuberant buddy in the background. Which I think makes for a nice counterpoint.

  • Carpet trimming [Darjeeling, West Bengal]

    Tibetan Refugee Centre

  • Eid ul-Fitr [Calcutta (Kolkata), West Bengal]
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