Explore Bhap Rajasthan (in Phalodi Rajasthan) through my lens.
Late last year, I visited Bhap village, near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Despite being one of India’s most travelled states, Rajasthan harbors secrets that take long to find, and even longer to forget.
Bhap Rajasthan, surrounded by a serene village lake, gorgeous salt pans, massive sand dunes, and friendly people, is one such secret. This photo essay is a collection of fond memories from the days I spent there:
SOAKING IN THE SERENITY OF PHALODI RAJASTHAN LAKES
in Bhap village. Bhap itself is a typical Indian village with no proper sewage or drainage system, but after a disheartening walk through its narrow by-lanes, arriving on the pristine shores of this village lake is nothing short of amazing. Across the lake, we could spot several herds of camels trotting along in the desert.
LAUGHING WITH VILLAGE KIDS NEAR BHAP RAJASTHAN
in a village where Dalit families are still discriminated against and not allowed to visit the village temple. The smiles of these Dalit children give hope that India’s future will be brighter than that.
MEETING SALT WORKERS
at the nearby salt lakes, as they painstakingly dig salt from the waters and port it to a cart.
PLAYING WITH REFLECTIONS AT THE SALT LAKE NEAR BHAP RAJASTHAN
Far off Rajasthan’s tourist circuit and a visual delight.
STAYING AT THE HERITAGE BARSINGHA VILLA IN BHAP RAJASTHAN
Mud huts, beautifully furbished from within, opening into royal courtyards at Barsingha Villa in Phalodi Rajasthan.
FINDING A GREEN VILLAGE IN THE THAR DESERT
of India, where sandy brown is the dominant color. Trees, shrubs and other vegetation has survived in this village due to its proximity to the Indira Gandhi canal, that starts in Punjab and offers irrigation facilities to the northwestern Rajasthan.
PLAYING WITH KIDS ON THE SAND DUNES
which, unlike the dunes of Jaisalmer, are completely devoid of travellers, camps, camel safaris and such. The moment we sat atop these dunes, the kids came rushing up to play with us, and asked us to take pictures of them rolling the sand.
8. RELISHING TRADITIONAL RAJASTHANI FOOD
made with delicious fresh vegetables, and served with local Bajra rotis.
10. FEELING LIKE A SMALL FISH IN THE VAST DESERT
of Rajasthan; pure bliss.
MARVELING AT A PINK SKY AT SUNSET IN BHAP RAJASTHAN
and at nature’s ability to add such brilliant colors to the dull monotones of the desert.
CONTEMPLATING ALTERNATE PROFESSIONS
you know, just incase the whole travel blogging thing doesn’t work out!
What are your first impressions of Bhap Rajasthan? Have you visited the region of Phalodi Rajasthan?
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