After visiting Agra our group proceeded by bus to New Delhi, signaling the completion of the main portion of the 2012 India photo tour. Upon arrival in Delhi, we bid a sad farewell to 5 members of our group, who were heading home. The rest of us spent one night in New Delhi before catching the early train to Haridwar.
Haridwar, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, near the point where the Ganga reaches the plains, is an ancient pilgrimage site, held in reverence for centuries. A visit to Haridwar is like stepping into a totally different world, and is one of my favorite photography locations in all of India. Every evening, “Aarti”, a Hindu puja ceremony is performed on the Ganges in Haridwar. We always shoot the Aarti ceremony 2 consecutive nights, and that ended up being a great idea because we encountered a bit of rain on the first evening.
After photographing Aarti, the following morning we did our usual “morning photo expedition” on the streets near our hotel. It’s always a pleasure to photograph in the morning, before the streets are full of pilgrims and vendors, it’s the only time when things are a bit more sedate.
I’ve decided to share black and white images of Haridwar, to continue in a tradition that I started last year. For some reason, I like the feeling of “Haridwar in black & white”. Enjoy these 21 images.