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!
The rooftop of the Jain temple
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
Praying peacefully in the courtyard below.
His wife and daughter wash chickpeas in the stream opposite
Youngsters learn their craft anywhere there's a track, however unpromising
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)
Two days to find?!
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
that's poise, and attention!
In the hot sulphur water, cleaning something brown off my shoes.
Orchard Palace, Gondol, our next stay for two nights - faded glory masked by night and reflection (2)
...and with a collection of vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages (2). Did they really make them with two steering wheels in those days? On reflection, perhaps not...
and from outside our hotel as the sun rises (2)...