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The Indian Countryside – slide show

January 4, 2008

On New Year’s Eve we drove out into the countryside and the experience was a refreshing one. It was wonderful to see so much natural beauty and breathe in pure air. It just happened that the area we were in was a prosperous one, and the prosperity left us a little agape. From the signs on some of the village walls, I got the impression that some of these villages had been developed with the help of the government, but I did not get any information on the net. The villages were neat and tidy, and well laid out. The area was clean and the people looked happy and prosperous. The countryside was quite breathtaking despite the dry weather.

The map below (from Google Maps) marks out the area which we visited, and is marked by the red arrow. The inset at the bottom right hand corner is the India map.

There were quite a few good photographs and therefore I thought it best to present them in a slideshow. This slideshow is just of the countryside, and I will be posting a separate one on the people and another one on their dances, which I managed to capture on video. Hope you enjoy the scenery just as I did!

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Related Reading: Country Life in India (slideshow)

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2008 1:43 am

    I get to be first.πŸ˜€

  2. January 4, 2008 1:46 am

    Very cool slide show Nita, thanks.

  3. January 4, 2008 4:33 am

    Nice pics! Is this the same village where Aamir Khan does his farming?πŸ˜‰πŸ˜€

  4. January 4, 2008 8:00 am

    Brian and Amit , thanks! Guess the timing in the United States works out well if I post past 1 a.m.!
    And Amit, I need to find out whether aamir’s farm has been confiscated as yet!πŸ™‚

  5. January 4, 2008 12:48 pm

    Beautiful countryside. The trees are so distinctly different from the ones at my latitude – they have wonderful character. Some of the shrubbery looks as if they might be a form of succulent.
    What amazes me is the height of the hay hills – they even dwarf the dwellings. I like to see how people in different parts of the world use different methods to store fodder for animals, or draw water from wells of local design. The landscape looks like it provides generously for the folks working it. Your pictures make me want to go on a driving tour of places off the beaten, usual paths; I am happy to be able to see through your eyes. G

  6. January 4, 2008 1:59 pm

    @ suburbanlife:

    Thanks.πŸ™‚ The best thing about going off the beaten path is that there are no crowds. One of the things that we enjoyed was the silence and the overall peacefulness.

  7. Vipul permalink
    January 4, 2008 3:52 pm

    Nita – happy new year to you. The pics are great and calming in a way.
    Btw, whats up with driving about aimlessly? … big daddy Al Gore is watching your carbon footprintπŸ™‚

  8. January 4, 2008 4:13 pm

    beautiful photography. loved seeing them

  9. January 4, 2008 5:52 pm

    Thanks insanetalks and Vipul.
    Actually we were going to see a palace at Jwahar which was about one hour’s drive from where we had put up at a resort. this resort itself was about 30 kms from the highway. But what a beautiful drive! can you imagine, hardly any vehicles! fresh air and a beautiful road! It was an absolute dream.
    I will writing about the resort and the palace by and by. Soring out the almost 500 pics is a feat!

  10. wishtobeanon... permalink
    January 4, 2008 6:49 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I hope these pockets of nature remain intact in spite of development.

  11. January 4, 2008 8:02 pm

    kudos to u !!
    only u have the power to make somethin mundane as the countryside so jazzy and presentable

    now i know why gates succeeds in his presentation

  12. January 4, 2008 8:04 pm

    where did u go ? does look like thane or somewhere close

  13. January 4, 2008 9:00 pm

    wishtobeanon, thanks.

    Prax, sweet of you to say that.πŸ™‚ You know I depend on sensitive readers like you to appreciate!
    Actually we went to a small resort off the Mumbai Ahmedabad highway, and you approach it if you turn right from Manor. You are right, it is in thane district and Jwahar which we approached is about 100 kms from Nasik. I will be writing in detail abotu the resort soon.

  14. vidya permalink
    November 18, 2009 1:18 am

    how to have the slide show saved

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