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Trip to India – Elephanta Island

Today I went sight seeing in South Bombay; catching the boat across to Elephanta Island.  I caught the little rickety train round to the entrance, and began my ascent up the many many steps to the top, where the view was stunning.  The Caves were impressive and the locals charged us double when purchasing drinks!  There were hundreds of monkeys and dogs roaming around, and people asking for money when I took their photo.  But overall it was a great day!

Photos from Elephanta Island…

The Taj Hotel
The Gateway to India where we boarded a boat to Elephanta Island
The Gateway to India where we boarded a boat to Elephanta Island
The boat we took to Elephanta Island
The boat we took to Elephanta Island

 

Some of the locals…


So many souvenirs for sale, but all made in China!
The view from the top
She tried to charge me for taking her photo!
Inside of the Caves
Inside of the Caves
Inside of the Caves
A monkey stole someones lunch!
…and sat in the tree and ate it!

 

On the boat crossing back to the Gateway of India

A few more locals…

Cityscape

We visited Krishna Temple…

Musician outside of the Krishna Temple!
Musician outside of the Krishna Temple!

Making flower garlands
Making flower garlands

Trip to India – Saturday 10th November 2012

More photos from my trip to India.  Today was mostly street life and Sari shopping…

Family
Family
This seemed a popular way to travel
This seemed a popular way to travel

 

Many people owned bikes - it made travelling easier as they could weave in and out of all the traffic
Many people owned bikes – it made travelling easier as they could weave in and out of all the traffic

On the bus...
On the bus…

 

 

 

 

Street seller - Anyone for a My Little Pony?!
Street seller – Anyone for a “My Little Pony”?!

 

 

 

Baby!
Baby!

 

3 on a bike!!
3 on a bike!!

 

Not sure what this is but I liked the photo!!  Answers on a postcard....

 

My friend Sari shopping
My friend Sari shopping

 

Trip to India – Wednesday 7th November 2012

The daylight photos are from the car journey to Whistling Woods International Film School in the morning, and the night photos are from the journey home, where an ISO of 6400 was used.  It was good to see how my camera performed in such conditions, and I’m fairly pleased with the results.

Day 2 photos are below…

My favourite photo taken today, although it was heartbreaking taking it.  We had stopped at traffic lights and this is taken through the window as she approached the car.
My favourite photo taken today, although it was heartbreaking taking it.  We had stopped at traffic lights and this was taken through the window as she approached the car.
Another favourite of mine taken today; this guy was stood in the middle of a busy road, trying to dodge the fast moving traffic.
Another favourite of mine taken today; this guy was stood in the middle of a busy road, trying to dodge the fast moving traffic.
It was heartbreaking seeing children begging for food
It was heartbreaking seeing children begging for food

Street life after dark…

Barbers shop
Barbers shop

Selling decorations for Diwali
Selling decorations for Diwali
Every shop and street was decorated for Diwali!
Every shop and street was decorated for Diwali!
Sari shop
Sari shop
Street seller
Street seller – they sold everything from flowers to feather dusters!

Shops stayed open late; most of them until midnight!
Shops stayed open late; most of them until midnight!

Some people were happy to pose when they saw the camera…

People use horns instead of indicators!
People use horns instead of indicators!
Auto Rickshaw fare meter
Auto Rickshaw fare meter – the price always went up when tourists got in!
Traffic signal - I liked the blue background!
Traffic signal – I liked the blue background!
I was amazed at how many people they could fit on a bike, and the oversized things they carried!!
I was amazed at how many people they could fit on a bike, and the oversized things they carried!!
Making Diwali flower garlands - cars and houses were decorated with these
Making Diwali flower garlands – cars and houses were decorated with these.
Diwali decorations
Diwali decorations
"Horn please"  Horns were constantly being honked!
“Horn please” Horns were constantly being honked!
Selling shoes
Selling shoes
We got excited every time we saw a monkey, however, it is quite normal for the locals to see monkey's hanging out in the trees!
We got excited every time we saw a monkey, however, it is quite normal for the locals to see monkey’s hanging out in the trees!
Travelling light??!!
Travelling light??!!
Selling flower garlands at the Toll Booth
Selling flower garlands at the Toll Booth
Bright coloured wagon
Bright coloured wagon – the majority of them were painted like this
I couldn't believe what they carried on their heads?!
I couldn’t believe what they carried on their heads?!

That is all for day 2, thoughts comments and feedback welcome and appreciated as always.  x