A Hindu temple outside Sawai Madhopur. A Tantric priest was presiding on the top level.
Scarlet painted idol - Ganesh - in the temple
Our hotel in Ranthambore was built a couple of years ago in the style of a Vitorian era palace. The air is clear here, but the city smog is visible on the horizon
Hilda takes in the sweet smell of ?
A local hurries home with a load of firewood
Next morning we loaded up on the truck to pretend we would see tigers - the truck drivers that go into the park were involved in a lock out, or a strike - we could not tell which.
Long Distance Bus
A holy man was feeding the monkeys. We saw many acts of kindness to animals on our trip
However, when he ran out of food and the monkeys persisted in following, he used his stick to beat them off!
The monkeys came out to observe us
Many of the fields were covered with bright yellow mustard plants
We went the top of an earth dam. The Tiger Park is in the hills across the water. The green strip of land in front of the hills is under water during the seasonal floods.
The land below the dam was farmed by migrant farmers who leased the land from a land owner
ONe of the workers came to speak to us, and brought us a pepper plant to show us what was being farmed
We came across an outdoor school in a village - the children were making clay models
Of course, they wanted to be photographed with their work...
... or even without it
The park gates - they would not let us in. BUT if we did get in, we could have seen things like the great pictures in this website by Jayanand Govindaraj:
We got to see some deer over the park fence
Back in town we passed a pot and bucket shop - very important artefacts when in home running water is unusual
As evening approached the streets became more crowded
Goodnight Sawai Madhopur
Back at the hotel Hilda and I prayed for our bags, which had not yet arrived.