Photos by Bryan Bland unless otherwise noted
For many travellers India is the ultimate exotic experience.
Its vibrancy and colour is epitomised in the dress of the women…
…seen to advantage around the village well.
Here at Jatoli village there is jollity and rejoicing when a WINGS client helps to bring home the water.
Photo: (Photograph by Patrick Nash.)
On the short walk there the same keen photographer also took this portrait of a Large-tailed Nightjar roosting amongst the litter in the Nursery at Bharatpur.
Photographic opportunities also abound whilst we glide amongst the Painted Storks in the heronry.
The strictly-vegetarian Bishnoi people are so gentle and respectful of all forms of life that at Keechan the Demoiselle Cranes wander happily around the village.
—in flocks of several thousand.
This taxi rank in the Thar desert offers the opportunity of a camel ride across the sand dunes (and maybe a sighting of Great Indian Bustard or Stoliczka’s Bushchat)—
—but we usually opt for larger transport up to the Amber Fort.
Rising out of the Thar desert like a distant rock outcrop or a mirage the ancient city of Jaisalmer—
—is on closer inspection a mighty citadel guarding a concentration of ancient stone houses…
…as intrically-carved as fretwork.
Indeed, the architecture throughout the tour is as exciting as the birdlife - from the majesty of the 15th century fortress at Jodhpur…
… to the more elegant splendour of Deeg water palace, the deserted sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikhri, or the city palace in Jaipur, location for The Far Pavilions.
Occasionally these old palaces double-up as our hotels - such as the summer palace at Jodhpur where the maharajah’s bedroom would have accommodated the entire group but was in fact allocated to one person.