India: The After Session

After the main part of the Hindu ceremony was done, we got a chance to spend the day with Hannah, Rajesh, and Hannah’s family toodling around the Indian countryside to take photos for an After Session.  SO much fun!

We were driving on our wait to a temple and someone in the car noticed the camels on the side of the road.  One thing I learned about India is that nothing seems to be off limits regarding exotic animals.  Our driver made a U-turn and stopped at the roadside.  We got out and asked if we could use the camels for some photos.  A few rupees later, Hannah and Rajesh were up on a camel (and later, Kristi & I were, too!)

 Of course, one of my favorites is Hannah and Rajesh with one of the horses that was there.  Many of you know that I’ve been riding for about 20 years.  It was SO cool to finally see this beautiful Indian horse breed, called Marwari, in person.  They’re characterized by their unique, paisley shaped ears that tip in to the middle.  I was touched that the people there brought the white horse (very auspicious in Indian culture) over in it’s best show bridle.  It was beautiful.

Another thing I learned in India is that the phrase “it takes a village” rings very true.  These are all the men that had a hand in facilitating the photos with one camel and one horse. 

After the roadside camels, Rajesh took us to a spectacular Jain temple.  It was a challenge because of the religious rules involving just about zero tolerance for men and women touching (save for a hand hold) at sacred ground, but the place was so beautiful I wouldn’t have traded the location for anything! 

Mmmm!  Fresh coconuts!  YUM

Again, a HUGE thank you to Kristi of Kristi Odom Photography for taking me along on this trip.  Without you, this would not have been possible.

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