Camel in India

Camel in India

A camel seen pulling a cart outside the Red Fort in Agra, India.

Camels provide milk, meat and hair for textiles. Camels are also working animals; transporting humans in the desert, bearing loads on an ascent and pulling carts in urban areas

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Taj Mahal Detail

Taj Mahal Detail

A detail of the Taj Mahal that not everyone sees.

When pointing a camera at tourist attractions that millions of people have captured, especially with all the mobile phones and selfie sticks being waved around today, it pays to look for something a little more original.

If anyone can get there, anyone can take a picture, but not everyone can see something a little more artistic.

Moving away from the crowds allows us to compose a detail of the place that has an unique angle to it.

Strong colour, lines, shadow and even a slight reflection all help to give an architectural detail a whole new life of its own.

Is that really the Taj Mahal? Well, it’s one of the four 40m high minarets that surround the mausoleum

Holy Cow

Holy Cow

The cow is sacred in India; and woe betide the driver who doesn’t swerve into a field to avoid them.

Cows are not penned into fields here, and in the smaller towns and villages they wander wherever they like. It is even said that some people in India might like to come back as a cow in the next life. Now there’s a thought

Boy Buddhist in Bodh Gaya

Boy Buddhist in Bodh Gaya

Young novice monk in maroon robe meditates beside candles in the afternoon sun at Mahabodhi Temple, India.

Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi Temple gained its UNESCO World Heritage Listing in 2002.

A religious site and place of pilgrimage, Bodh Gaya (in Bihar State) is where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment; after meditating under the Bodhi tree, for 49 days.

For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha; something akin to Mecca for Muslims.

Bodh Gaya is about 12km from Gaya City, where overnight trains connect with Kolkata (Calcutta).

The best time to visit is November to March; with December and January considered the high season.