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I travel extensively across India, sometimes on meticulously planne d trips and on a whim at others, capturing the its diversity in culture, traditions lifestyles and terrain. Join me on my journeys -- from the Himalayas to deserts and coasts.

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Sankar Sridhar 1 month ago
fatigue is not a human emotion alone. Aijaz and his "child" Mahalaxmi rest at the end of a hard day's work. while this is an image made during a recent photo workshop I led, the subject is part of my personal project delving into the relationships humans have forged with animals they call pets, or use for work. this candid moment to me highlights the trust both share, as perhaps they do dreams, by the look in their eyes.
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Sankar Sridhar 2 months ago
on the road again! winter seems to be in no hurry to arrive in Rajasthan, and a group of tourists, tired from the hourlong guided walk around the Udaipur City Palace, seek the shade to rest themselves. Shot on my mobile while leading my Rajasthan, Varanasi photo workshop.
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Sankar Sridhar 2 months ago
Back in Delhi, but the itch to shoot hasn't died down one bit. sitting at a roadside tea stall was my way of fighting jet lag and an intense conversation caught my eye. The light from the tea stall and the part illumination by street lamps added to the tension of the scene.
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Sankar Sridhar 3 months ago
Cannon beach, California. finding magic hour at midday is a miracle indeed. one of the times when I was thankful I had carried the camera with me
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Swaminathan Jayaraman 3 months ago
Beautiful!
Farryn Blake 3 months ago
GUEST QUESTION
Hi! I'm deciding between Kerala or Gujarat for a 7-day trip in December. Which do you recommend?
they are remarkably different destinations, so would be difficult to make a choice for you. it will depend on what you preferences are.
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Enock Pio Ulle 3 months ago
Gujrat
Pankaj Keswani 3 months ago
Kerala! Its quite wide and it satisfies all preferences. It has beautiful mountains as well as back waters, you can enjoy both the worlds. Then natural spa therapies is an added advantage.
Sankar Sridhar 4 months ago
early morning at a changpa camp. As breakfast gets ready in the tent in the background, father son and daughter weave through the maze of wool and fleece identifying the animals that will be milked before the herd heads out to pasture
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Chinmayi Bhambure 4 months ago
GUEST QUESTION
Hi Sridhar,
I am thinking of travelling to Himachal Pradesh in December end. Will it be a nice time to enjoy snow? Is my vacay destination is right for December ??

TIA
the later the better, the higher the better. the weather is unpredictable, so it will be difficult to predict snow
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Pankaj Keswani 4 months ago
I would suggest Dalhousie for snowy mountains.
Sankar Sridhar 4 months ago
Re-energised by the sight of home, sheep and goats care little about the shepherd's attempts to lead them in a neat file to their respective corrals. For the changpa, this daily occurance is an irritation, but a lovable one. They don't mind waiting patiently for the dust to settle before segregating their flock. Ladakh, India.
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Sankar Sridhar 4 months ago
waves of silver sand offer a photographer vantage points to watch and capture the magic of dawn in Ladakh, India, allowing me the added advantage of adding scale to the vastness of this incredible landscape
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Sankar Sridhar 4 months ago
The hurriedly fashioned greenroom, where monks transform into fierce guardians and gods, has a three layer security aimed at keeping shutter happy photographers at bay. Layer 1 is manned by the wise monk who tells photographers entry is prohibited.; Layer 2 is a novice monk who, safe in his anonymity, makes mischief and wields a whip. Then there is the toy gun. The masked monk usually prevails with his unconventional ways of persuasion.
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Sankar Sridhar 4 months ago
changpa elders catch up on conversation during a monastic festival in ladalh
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Sankar Sridhar 4 months ago
dark skies, light dunes. it is not so much about what you see but how you see it. photographers scouting for patterns, shapes and solid ground make their way through the dunes of Hinder in Ladakh. their search helps me add scale to the spectacular landscapes that define this transmission Himalayan region
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Pankaj Keswani 4 months ago
GUEST QUESTION
Hey Sridhar,

I am going to Ludhiana to attend a wedding. Post that I have got 2-3 days which I am thinking to spend in Himachal Pradesh. This would be around end of September. Which place would you suggest be best at that time there. I would be accompanied with my 2 year old kid so not much walking. And would there be any place where I can get some snow at that time?
Dharamsala, I would say, with a trip to Bir-Billing. easy travel and fresh air!
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Sankar Sridhar 4 months ago
flying horses, anyone? a dwindling sport, I was lucky to be shown what horse racers can do when I was spending time with the changpa nomads as part of my recent photography workshop
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Farryn Blake 3 months ago
Where is this!
Sankar Sridhar 3 months ago
This is Ladakh
Sankar Sridhar 5 months ago
Jehangir's palace, Agra. the combination of a cloudy morning and great architecture can't ever be overstated. and the friendly guard patrolling the grounds was a bonus.
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Sankar Sridhar 5 months ago
A slightly different take on one of the most recognisable monument on earth -- the Taj Mahal. people tired from their walk around it, wait for the sunset.
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Sankar Sridhar 6 months ago
Shooting Rabaris is not all about turbaned men and their sheep. Sometimes it's about photographing half-rebukes a little painter gets from her mother because she's not washed her feet properly.
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Wayne Dial 6 months ago
You are most welcome
Farryn Blake 3 months ago
And this?
Kushagra Sahu 6 months ago
GUEST QUESTION
Is it a good time to visit Goa?
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it is, if you don't mind the humidity. the monsoons are worth witnessing there. on the coast and in the forests. don't expect the quintessential food shacks on the beaches to be open though!
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Sankar Sridhar 7 months ago
Two litres of water, three rotis and pickle, and a little pot to make tea in -- all of them packed in a knitted bag: that's all the Rabari carries on his daily journeys.
While his flock follows him most of the way back, thoughts of water and an easy meal see the sheep scamper home, leaving the rabari with only dust for company on the last leg of his journey home.
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Sankar Sridhar 7 months ago
Weeds and wildflowers that are a match for Rajasthan's blazing summers offer a Rabari's flock much to chew on but little as nutrition. The RabariΒ supplement their livestock's scarce summer grazing by feeding them acacia leaves, which is better than weeds but not by much. The saviour, they say, are the neem trees that are generous with the fodder they offer, and the health they infuse into their sheep and goats.
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Sankar Sridhar 7 months ago
I met Shyam in Gujarat and knew I just had to photograph him. A soft spoken person, he agreed to be shot but only with his daughter and and his week-old grand-daughter -- an offer I could not refuse. He spoke about them lovingly throughout the 20-odd-minute walk to his home. After the courtesy tea, he invited me to meet them and shoot to my heart's content.
It was only when he stood himself against the wall and between the cow and the calf did I realise what he meant by "daughter and grand daughter". This was the image he loved most. Today a copy of this image hangs on a wall above his bed.
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Sankar Sridhar 7 months ago
Bharat, 9, goes to school and most likely will not be a herder like his father. But the child and the rabari in him show themselves each morning when he spends almost an hour, first thing after waking up, with the family's livestock.
Shepherd or not, his father Ghanshyam says, I am sure he will be a caring person when he grows up.
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Sankar Sridhar 7 months ago
A gentle stirring courses through a rabari settlement as dawn breaks, with the cattle awaiting the swish of the rabari's lath (staff) to signal their day's journey. The cattle are corralled not to protect them from rustlers or wild animals -- rather the other way round. Quite like dogs, these cattle are fiercely protective of their family and human friends, and with horns that mean business, much deadlier than dogs.
For the rabari, a typical day begins with milking the cows, reuniting the calves with their mothers, and a bit of petting and patting the livestock that can't do without it.
The petting is done when the March begins, and that's what the two girls in the image are waiting to do
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Sankar Sridhar 7 months ago
A gentle stirring courses through a rabari settlement as dawn breaks, with the cattle awaiting the swish of the rabari's lath (staff) to signal their day's journey. The cattle are corralled not to protect them from rustlers or wild animals -- rather the other way round. Quite like dogs, these cattle are fiercely protective of their family and human friends, and with horns that mean business, much deadlier than dogs.
For the rabari, a typical day begins with milking the cows, reuniting the calves with their mothers, and a bit of petting and patting the livestock that can't do without it.
The petting is done when the March begins, and that's what the two girls in the image are waiting to do
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Sankar Sridhar 7 months ago
Lost in thought, most likely because of the delayed onset of the monsoon, a rabari waits for his morning tea outside his home. Being semi nomadic offers some definite advantages, but many elders rue the death of their tradition of following the weather to deeper pasture, which kept their livestock healthy.
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Map Man 7 months ago
Fantastic shot
Sankar Sridhar 7 months ago
From the mighty Himalayas to the far reaches of Rajasthan and Gujarat. A cloud of burnished dust envelopes a herd of longhorn cattle as they make their way to pasture. This indigenous breed weathers hardships of desert and scrubland well. The Rabari say the cattle can go without water for up to 5 days, a reason why the herders prefer them despite a significantly lower yield of milk.
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Sankar Sridhar 7 months ago
Thank you, everyone!
Romesh Tayal 6 months ago
Hello everyone
Shruti Sahu Gupta 7 months ago
GUEST QUESTION
Hi Sridhar, i own a nikon D3300 with lens 18-50mm. Im a novice photographer. should i buy other lenses too or for a start i should continue using this one ? TIA
the 18-50 is a good lens and works well for most photo situations --people and landscapes. I would suggest you use the lens until you are sure you want to pursue photography, even if it is as a serious hobby.
once you are sure, you will be making investments, for pleasure or profession, not incurring expenses that you may later regret.
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Sarvesh Sah 7 months ago
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Trying my hands at photography in remote places in India.
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Sankar Sridhar 7 months ago
Horses and mules are the backbones ofΒ bakarwalΒ families. These pack animals ensure safe transport for every family's rations, necessities and belongings. Unsurprisingly, they are showered with much love and get extra care and treats. The mark of a goodΒ Bakarwal, Mushtaq told me, were horses that didn't stray from camp even when they are free to roam at night. That's Mushtaq in the image, rounding up his horses that had strayed the not 12 hours after he tried to prove a point.
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Sankar Sridhar 7 months ago
The shawl of a bakarwal pastoralist becomes the pennant for the Armada of storm clouds riding wild winds. Exposed above the treeline, however, is not cause for panic for these brothers. It offers them a reason to smile, wondering what I had planned to wait out the storm. Thankfully the rock under which they took spurious shelter was wide enough to hold three people.
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Sankar Sridhar 8 months ago
The bakarwal migration. Light bouncing off their belongings adds a glow to little Nishat's face but does little to hide how tired she feels after a hard day's walk. And yet she will have to fight sleep until their shelter is set up. That comes low on the list priorities, after counting sheep, leading them to water, fetching water and wood, and cooking.
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Sankar Sridhar 8 months ago
Specialised shearers who set up shop on the bakarwals' migratory route make short work of the full winter coat of the sheep. Like hairdressers, these shearers are gain clients not just because they work well and swiftly; they are also expected to be sheep whisperers, keeping the animal relaxed through the entire process. A master shearer even manages to get the entire coat out in one piece.
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