Faces of Rajasthan, India

Posted on August 24, 2010 by

“The colors of Rajasthan never fail to captivate,” a local man once told me. A region blanketed with bright tie-dyed saris, mirror-studded cloths and artful patchworks, Rajasthan epitomizes India at its most exotic. Besides the extravagant palaces, temples and forts, the people of Rajasthan have also given it a distinctive character that sets it apart from the rest of India.

As we head east leaving Rajasthan behind us, this photo essay is a tribute to the region that have both fascinated and intrigued me. Here are some of my best shots of its beautiful people, photographed in Udaipur, Jaisalmer, the Thar Desert and Jaipur.

A lady in Thar DesertThar Desert: Our camel guide’s wife prepared potato masala and fresh chapati for us under the stars.

A monk at Jagdish Temple, Udaipur Jagdish Temple, Udaipur: A Hindu preacher adorning a bright orange robe sits on the stairs of the temple.

Lady selling offerings in front of the Jagdish Temple, Udaipur Jagdish Temple, Udaipur: A woman sells offerings to pilgrims at the temple’s gate.

Peering out of a window at Amber Fort Amber Fort, Jaipur: A lady sits on a window frame and watches the crowd go by.

tn_IMG_8164Jaisalmer: A local woman selling silver anklets along the streets of Jaisalmer.

A Rajasthani man on the streets of JaipurJaipur: Wearing a red,  yellow and green turban, a Rajasthani man with his bronze barrel.

 Children in Jaisalmer Jaisalmer: Children on the streets

tn_IMG_8422Jaipur: Along the Tripolia Bazaar, a street vendor with typical roadside snacks.

a lady aat her bangle shopUdaipur:  In the labyrinth of the city’s historic quarters, a lady in her bangle shop.

A mother and son pair in downtown Jaisalmer  Jaisalmer: A mother and son pair walk through the streets of downtown Jaisalmer.

A woman doing her laundry in UdaipurUdaipur: A woman does her laundry by the road.

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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

20 Responses to “Faces of Rajasthan, India”

  1. naomi_h August 24, 2010 11:06 pm #

    India is truly a photographers playground, isn't it? Thanks for sharing these … fun "tweeting" with you along the way!

  2. Gray August 29, 2010 3:07 am #

    These are fantastic photos, Nellie! The colors are amazing.

  3. earthdrifter November 24, 2011 10:00 am #

    Really Nice photos! Of every country I've been to I feel that people in India are the most receptive to having their pics taken. I just returned a few days ago and spent the end of the trip in a few cities in Rajasthan. This post reminds me that I have so many photos to go through. I think that I saw the same Hindu preacher at the Jagdish Temple, sitting in the same spot too. The Bangle lady looks angry. I love her outfit. :-) What a fascinating place!

  4. Kieu ~ GQ trippin November 27, 2011 9:31 am #

    The last few weeks I've heard non-stop from Gerard about how excited he is about visiting Rajasthan. We're heading there this coming March just in time for Holi. Up until now, I'm more so so since March is still a ways away. Your pictures just got me excited! Lol. Beautiful pictures! I can't wait. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Nomadic Samuel December 16, 2011 8:26 am #

    Rajasthan is my favourite area in India. You really captured the diversity and colour of the people with this photo essay.

    • Nellie Huang December 19, 2011 11:51 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words Samuel, Rajasthan is truly amazing.

  6. That Backpacker June 14, 2012 11:24 pm #

    Beautiful! I love the smiles and the intensity of the colours. :D

  7. tuscany castles August 4, 2012 6:57 pm #

    Rajasthan is really very nice destination to visit in India. People from all around the world travel towards this amazing place to know and see its history and culture. I like your post very much, Pictures are really very nice. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Rahul August 15, 2012 2:25 pm #

    Hi Nellie!!
    I don't need to ask as your blog says a lot about your trip to Rajasthan, India.
    What i liked about your blog is the culture you have captured. I belong to Rajasthan and it fascinates me like anything. Hope you had a nice time at my place :)
    For any future plans to India do visit http://www.goodlucktourism.com

  9. suzzanelobo November 26, 2012 7:28 am #

    This is what I expect , when I get to see about any real faces of any location, I prefer to see the local people's photo. That's awesome! Thanks

  10. men's back tattoo July 19, 2013 5:53 am #

    Thanks for sharing such inspiring experience with us. Great blog, congrats!

  11. priauginimas August 29, 2013 3:06 am #

    India is funny country, also their people. I mean no offense, but just cultural difference is way from we are used to be. Clothing is also funny, but I lol big time when I saw how they cook, I mean on what they cook, most people would not eat it if they knew how it was made :) but we do and if you dont know it, its damn delicious :)


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