Roads – Where Life Happens in Rural India

Roads – Where Life Happens in Rural India

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.      Robert Frost

Rural Roads of India

Traveling, as I recently have, through much of northern India has been an eye opening, exhilarating experience. No five star hotels and air conditioned buses type of group tour for us. We were two guys, nearing all too quickly our seventh decade, out to experience things few Westerners even know about. We slept in tents, traveled by air, train, boat, rickshaw, and car. And we walked and walked. Taking the road less traveled made all the difference.

Rural Roads of India

One of the highlights of the trip for me was the day we wandered back roads through several rural villages. They have changed little through the years.

Rural Roads of India

Yet the villages were just a few kilometers from the site of Kumbh Mela, the largest gathering of Hindu worshipers ever. Other than a few groups of pilgrims returning home from the festival, one would have no way of knowing so many people were so close by.

Pilgrims returning home

People travel between nearby villages along rural roads, sometimes in small groups and often alone.

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Rural Roads of India

And sheep travel between pastures along rural roads.

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Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 29 Comments

  1. Amazing series of photos — capture the essence of a true traveler! ~ Kat

  2. there are so many wonderful images! those colors all but shock the senses into waking up, if one’s eyes have become glazed! z

      1. yes, and i agree with what you said about ecuador’s colors, but there is still an element in the images from india that are unique. maybe it’s the extreme poverty and starkness in the contrast between the rich colors and the background?

        1. You are so right about the background. Everything seems to be coated with a dusting of ochre, but even the poorest women wear the most beautiful saris. The contrast is beautiful.

  3. Wonderful post – your images are great and your adventure inspiring.

  4. loved the pictures, as always!! 🙂

    1. Thank you. India makes being a photographer easy.

  5. Great job Ron. Particularly love the first one!

    1. Thanks Madhu. The first one is probably my favorite as well.

  6. Wonderful post Ron. You could have posted one each day and I’d still have loved them all!!

  7. These are really interesting pics, Ron. That horse and cart has quite a load on. 😀

    1. Thanks Ad. I am sure the horse will be happy to get everyone home. 🙂

  8. I absolutely love your India pictures! I’m travelling to Northern India later this year – it looks amazing! Great that you and your friend are travelling when as you say you are now in your seventies! Keep the photographs coming!

    1. Jane, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. We intend to keep trudging as long as we can. 🙂

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