The drive from Jaipur to Ranthambore only lasted about four hours, but was a fascinating trip through rural Rajasthan. I was able to capture many pictures of farm and village life. Although only a fleeting glimpse, it was an interesting peek into a lifestyle that, in many ways, appears to be similar to the way it has been for hundreds of years. Camels are the primary pack animal, the scythe is the tool for harvesting wheat, and pounding and shaking the way to separate wheat from chaff. The roadsides are lined with cowpatties drying in the sun, to be used as fuel for cooking fires. Many are packed into dung-and-straw boxes – some decorated quite attractively, to keep them dry even during the monsoon. We passed a camel train of gypsy nomads. Children wave from their front yards.
The countryside was parched, after months without rain, but one could sense that it will become green and even more beautiful when the rains come in July. We saw many elegant Rajasthani men in their colorful red turbans (sapa),white kurta and dhoti (long shirt and wrap-around leg cloth), many sporting impressive mustaches. All in all, Rajasthan is a colorful place. See photos.
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