I enjoyed my time in the little town of Nagaur. Located 2 hours north of Jodhpur in state of Rajasthan, India, Nagaur is a little oasis in the desert with literally nothing around it. And there is nothing to do in this town other meets its people and get a flavor of local life. And the one place to stay is Ranvas Nagaur, the 4th century fort which has been partially converted to a boutique hotel.

On the evening we arrived there we explored the town and here are a few photos of some of the locals I photographed.

old-woman-rajasthan-india in town of Nagaur

Drinking chai, Indian tea, is a favorite indulgence for most locals.

The metal pot maker holds up one of his latest pieces.

 
The view of Rameswaram island from the Indira Gandhi bridge

The view of Rameswaram island from the Indira Gandhi bridge

One evening, on our upcoming Festivals & Temples spiritual adventure to South India and Malaysia, we’ll board an overnight train and make the long journey south east to the coast and cross the Indira Gandhi bridge to the laid back fishing island of Rameswaram. Located only a few miles from Sri Lanka this island is steeped in history and is considered to be one of the holiest places for Hindus in India.

Rameswaram temple in south India

Rameswaram temple in south India

Rameswaram temple's elaborate corridors lined with hundreds of pillars

Rameswaram temple's elaborate corridors lined with hundreds of pillars

The Ramanathaswamy temple boasts four maginificent corridors lined with seemingly endless elaborately carved pillars. The temple is built in honor of the Hindu God Siva and is famed for housing 21 theerthams (wells) within the complex which are believed to have particular powers. Pilgrims bathe in waters from these wells as they are ushered from one well to another.

The magnificent tower, at 53 meters high, is the tallest structure on the island and majestically rises over the green groves of palm, coconut and island shrub.

 

 

Indian woman carrying young boy

This photo makes Day 28 of our month long series of photos on Rajasthan. It was taken in the village of Khejarla, east of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India.

 

rajasthan-men-with-turbans

Despite the pretty colorless Rajasthani landscape this land is full of color when it comes to clothing especially the turbans that the men wear. I was in a jeep about 45 minutes outside of the town of Pushkar in a small village when I saw these two men having a chat on the verandah of a home. I took this photo from the jeep which revealed an almost black and white image except for the colorful turban that one of the men wore. We’ll look at more turbans in the days to come. Well, this is the photo for day 20th of our month long series of photos on Rajasthan.

 
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

We checked into our beautiful resort. It’s tucked away in a village, almost hidden away on the shores of India’s longest lake.
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

A lot of the hotel is built in the old Kerala style homes giving it an old world charm. Everyone loves it and are happy settle down here for the next few days and dive into their study and practice of meditation.
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

A lot of the locals travel by boat on the backwaters.
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

We take a little cruise and Mandy is enjoying the backwaters.
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

Each morning we gather for a guided meditation.
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

The setting is perfect. As the sun rises we go within in meditation seated right on the shores of Lake Vembanad.
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

katherine from New York.
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

The group enjoys each others company and we have lunch and dinner together every day.
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

We also have classes in the morning.
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

We explore the subconscious and ways to clear unresolved emotional experiences.
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

Anne from Connecticut.
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

Chris from San Diego.
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

A variety of birds can been seen from the resort.
Vedic Odyssey takes a group on a meditation retreat to Kerala, South India

Another gorgeous sunrise over the lake.

 

Machu Pichu in Peru, Vedic Odyssey photography. Photograph by Dandapani.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T. S. Eliot, Author

Photo: Certainly one of the more magical places on earth, Machu Picchu (old Mountain) is a must see. Urubamba Valley area, Peru.