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Sep 18, 2014 / 53 notes

[PHOTOSET] Through these photos we share stories from the far corners of India. Of the places we have seen and experienced – mainly through the people we have met.

Each photo showcases a slice of life in India. Each one of these 7 photos was selected by Yahoo! as the Picture of the Day on the Yahoo! websites.

These are the stories behind the photos:

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Sep 15, 2014 / 53 notes

[PHOTOSET Part 2]

  1. Devotees gather at the Girgaum chowpatty in Mumbai for visarjan of their favourite deity, Lord Ganesh
  2. Mumbai’s biggest celebrity - the Ganesh idol known as “Lalbaug cha Raja”
  3. Performing the final “arti" of Lord Ganesh before immersing it in the water at Girgaum chowpatty in Mumbai, India
  4.  Lights, camera, action - Ganesh visarjan at Girgaum chowpatty in Mumbai, India
  5. Goodbye, and thank you for all the blessings! 

Read more about the Ganesh visarjan day at Ganesh festival, visarjan day in Mumbai.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Sep 8, 2014 / 35 notes

[PHOTOSET Part 1] Ganesh festival in Pune, India

The Ganesh Visarjan day, the 10th and the last day of the Ganesh festival, when the idols will be immersed in water as a farewell to everyone’s favourite deity. These are photos from the Visarjan day procession in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India. This “Visarjan Miravnuk”, as the immersion procession is popularly known, is among the top “things to do” in Pune.

  1. Rangoli, to welcome well being, at the Ganesh festival.
  2. School children perform the traditional ‘flag dance’.
  3. Dance with a hand instrument ‘Zanja’.
  4. 'Dhol' adds rhythm to the Ganesh festival procession.
  5. Ganesh idol in all its glory at Ganesh festival in Pune, India

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Adalaj Ni Vaw, step well of Ahmedabad, India
Adalaj ni Wav or Stepwell of Adalaj in Ahmedabad, Gujurat, built with the intention of providing water and some resting place for a nap, maybe for the travelers. It is 5 floors deep both horizontally and vertically, the landing space of the well is especially beautiful with minutely detailed carving everywhere possible. Even the underneath of the benches has detailing on it. It makes you wonder how the artisans would have managed to see their work down there back then. The well water is now fenced off for protection. You can sit on the steps and enjoy the cool by the water, just like the travellers would have centuries ago! Read more on Culture of Ahmedabad.
By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Sep 8, 2014 / 40 notes

Adalaj Ni Vaw, step well of Ahmedabad, India

Adalaj ni Wav or Stepwell of Adalaj in Ahmedabad, Gujurat, built with the intention of providing water and some resting place for a nap, maybe for the travelers.

It is 5 floors deep both horizontally and vertically, the landing space of the well is especially beautiful with minutely detailed carving everywhere possible. Even the underneath of the benches has detailing on it.

It makes you wonder how the artisans would have managed to see their work down there back then. The well water is now fenced off for protection. You can sit on the steps and enjoy the cool by the water, just like the travellers would have centuries ago!

Read more on Culture of Ahmedabad.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Anmu is a village on the way to the Phuktal monastery just after the end of the motor-able road.
While crossing through Anmu, Tenzing’s family invited us over for tea. It was an idyllic setting, a house on a hill, with a kitchen garden in front, small cozy cheerful rooms and loads of kids’ laughter! We had some tea, home made bread and the most amazing yogurt.
Humbled by their hospitality and hearts filled with gratitude, we carried on.
Read more stories of such warm hospitality at Friendly families from our travels in Himalayas.
By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Sep 6, 2014 / 33 notes

Anmu is a village on the way to the Phuktal monastery just after the end of the motor-able road.

While crossing through Anmu, Tenzing’s family invited us over for tea. It was an idyllic setting, a house on a hill, with a kitchen garden in front, small cozy cheerful rooms and loads of kids’ laughter! We had some tea, home made bread and the most amazing yogurt.

Humbled by their hospitality and hearts filled with gratitude, we carried on.

Read more stories of such warm hospitality at Friendly families from our travels in Himalayas.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

A typical house in Sanasar, Kashmir, India
We were in a bus from Patnitop to Sanasar. Sanasar is a village set on a mountain side, a hill station on the Jammu side of Jammu and Kashmir. All along our bus ride, we saw these mud coloured, box shaped houses. Seeing these unique structures, our curiosity was piqued. We were eager to peek into these houses and the lives of the families which made these home. Read more of our visit to one such house at Friendly families from our travels in Himalayas
By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Sep 4, 2014 / 23 notes

A typical house in Sanasar, Kashmir, India

We were in a bus from Patnitop to Sanasar. Sanasar is a village set on a mountain side, a hill station on the Jammu side of Jammu and Kashmir. All along our bus ride, we saw these mud coloured, box shaped houses.

Seeing these unique structures, our curiosity was piqued. We were eager to peek into these houses and the lives of the families which made these home.

Read more of our visit to one such house at Friendly families from our travels in Himalayas

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Street Dentist, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Barbers, palm readers, tarot card readers, astrologers are very common on the road but dental care services are very rare. This photograph was taken near The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Vadodara. By Sandeepa and Chetan (http//sandeepachetan.com)
Sep 3, 2014 / 275 notes

Street Dentist, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Barbers, palm readers, tarot card readers, astrologers are very common on the road but dental care services are very rare. This photograph was taken near The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Vadodara.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http//sandeepachetan.com)

Youngsters enjoying the rains in Mumbai, India
Sep 2, 2014 / 24 notes
Ganesh Pol, Amber Palace, Jaipur, India
Ganesh Pol is the main entrance to the private palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Read more at Jaipur in 24 hours
By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Sep 1, 2014 / 22 notes

Ganesh Pol, Amber Palace, Jaipur, India

Ganesh Pol is the main entrance to the private palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur.

Read more at Jaipur in 24 hours

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Ganesh festival, Pune, India
Girl tying headband with a message “Ganpati Bappa Morya”. The festival that spreads joy.
By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 30, 2014 / 34 notes

Ganesh festival, Pune, India

Girl tying headband with a message “Ganpati Bappa Morya”.

The festival that spreads joy.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Lord Ganesh arrives to shower his blessings
Ganesh festival will be celebrated for the next 10 days. Kasba Ganpati, Pune, India
By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 29, 2014 / 21 notes

Lord Ganesh arrives to shower his blessings

Ganesh festival will be celebrated for the next 10 days.

Kasba Ganpati, Pune, India

By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Lidder river at Betab valley, Kashmir, India
Read more stories on :
Life and sights around Dal lake in Srinagar
Lolab Valley: Kashmir Unexplored
By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 28, 2014 / 119 notes
Sunset at Dal lake in Srinagar, Kashmir, India
Srinagar is the summer capital of the state of J&K and Dal Lake is its most popular attraction. Watching the sunset at Dal lake while walking along the Boulevard road is a must-to in Srinagar. Read full story on Life and sights around Dal lake in SrinagarBy Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 25, 2014 / 40 notes

Sunset at Dal lake in Srinagar, Kashmir, India

Srinagar is the summer capital of the state of J&K and Dal Lake is its most popular attraction. Watching the sunset at Dal lake while walking along the Boulevard road is a must-to in Srinagar. Read full story on Life and sights around Dal lake in Srinagar

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Aug 22, 2014 / 223 notes

[PHOTOSET] Part 2 of the Dahi Handi Celebrations series.

  1. Vow before the action: Preparing for the climb for Dahi Handi in Thane, India
  2. The tumble is hard and dangerous. The climb to the top is an act of synchronised skill. But there is no rhyme or rhythm in the fall. 
  3. The celebrations by the Govindas after successfully forming the pyramids and getting safely back on the ground are a sight in itself!

Read the full story of this exciting festival at Happy Birthday Krishna – Janmashtami celebrations in Mumbai.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Aug 20, 2014 / 129 notes

[PHOTOSET] These are some fresh photos from the Dahi Handi celebrations from Thane, a suburb of Mumbai. The festival of Janmashtami - the birthday of Lord Krishna is popularly referred to as Dahi Handi here in Mumbai and its suburbs.

  1. Formation of Dahi Handi pyramid begins with a prayer
  2. This is what the formation of the human pyramid looks like.
  3. Not all their attempts are successful.
  4. Delicately balanced eight layered human pyramid is formed successfully.
  5. The group breaks into a celebratory dance.

Read the full story of this exciting festival at Happy Birthday Krishna – Janmashtami celebrations in Mumbai.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)