A two week textile and tribes tour in Gujarat, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. Out of respect, the state is both dry and vegetarian.
Durga, our erudite and articulate tour leader. As the tour progressed it became ever-clearer how appropriate it was that he should be sitting next to the words on the wall on our first day!
Gujarat is one of the less well-visited states by tourists, and even on the first day in the capital, Ahmedabad, it was evident that the locals were as interested in looking at us as we were at them
Others go about their daily routines (4 photos)
The rooftop of the Jain temple
Praying peacefully in the courtyard below.
...and dinner in the rooftop restaurant of their hotel.
...at his Juliet below?
His wife and daughter wash chickpeas in the stream opposite
A mongoose peers out by the roadside
and the well bred dogs of Utelia Palace greet us at our next accommodation
...here seen from the road below
Typical road scenes, here on our way to visit a nomadic tribe that the Maharajah had said had taken his scouts two days to find (3)
Youngsters learn their craft anywhere there's a track, however unpromising
Arriving at the camp
Two days to find?!
The Maharajah talks to the village elders and the high priest
Scenes from the camp (6)
Spilling into the country road, Louise and Carmel are invited to join in the dancing at a village wedding (3)
The leader of the pack borrows Carmel's hat
On the way back to the Palace, a large car overtook the Maharajah's Jeep, and seeing him at the wheel, stopped and flagged us down, and all six got out to pay their respects. Another slice of Indian life.
Scenes from an afternoon walk around the dusty streets of Utelia (11)
Invited to photograph a bridal couple
that's poise, and attention!
being offered a ride