In November I traveled to India, a country I have visited many times but not recently. I had chosen three very different destinations. First to Shimla, the capital of Himachel Pradesh state and in the days of the Raj it was the summer capital of British India. My next destination was to Pushkar in Rajasthan to witness the Pushkar camel fair. Finally I headed south to Kerala and the wonderful Neeleshwar Hermitage Resort. I had planned to travel light and after much deliberation my camera gear consisted of my Leica M9-P rangefinder camera with four lenses, 18mm, 35mm, 50mm and 90mm. This proved to be a steep learning curve for me and I had to work hard at my photography. I did miss my autofocus dslr camera and zoom lenses and will be taking them with me the next time I travel.
I was constantly amazed at how the houses had been built on very steep hillsides – how do they stay there without falling down!
My first night in Shimla coincided with Diwali, perhaps the most well known of the Hindu festivals. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India. Here in Shimla it was a night of very loud fireworks. On my walk back to the hotel people were in the streets lighting fireworks and the “explosions” continued all through the night.
Here are a few images from my days sightseeing in and around Shimla.