‘When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.’
Sunrise and sunset are my favorite moments when I am in a solo travel. It relives my stress and allow me to connect spiritually with the mother earth. Here I present some of my exciting moments of travel in different geographical and cultural settings of India.
These are from Mandvi, a historic town on the coast of the Gulf of Kutch, Gujarat. I was fortunate to be here in a winter evening and it was truly magical to see the sun kissing the earth.
These frames are from Bijapur in the Deccan region of Karnataka. Bijapur is widely known for its splendid monuments of Adil Shahi era, including the majestic Gol Gumbaz and artistic Ibrahim Rouza. But there are thousands of lesser known monuments that are scattered all over the city and its surroundings. I was fortunate to be here in the time of sunset near a lesser known monument and I could connect spiritually with the almighty against the dramatic setting of the Deccani dusk.
These are images from the heart of Thar Desert near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. You see here abandoned settlements including crumbling forts of bygone era. Once a prosperous region inhabited by Jain merchants and Brahmin traders, thanks to the silk route caravans that passed through the otherwise hostile geography of the desert today this obsolete landscape in the time of sunset offers absolute picture postcard settings.
These are from India’s commercial hub, Mumbai near Hazi Ali Dargha. In one of the busiest cities of the world it is difficult to find space and time for yourself. But if you can make it to this blissful setting on the Arabian Sea, I am sure it will not only relax your mind but will also let you discover the child in you again.
These two frames are from Chandrabhaga Beach in Konark, Odisha, my home state. Here if you are at the time of sunrise and sunset you will be spellbound discovering nature’s myriad colours against the settings of fisher folk villages.
Barmer in Rajastan offers a picture postcard setting. Miles and miles of sanddunes and detached hills of the Aravali at the time of sunset will blow your heart into absolute serenity.
Dwarka, the city of Krishna is one of India’s four holy dhams. Here on the Arabian Sea if you come with an idea of relaxing under green canopies then you are disappointed. However, there is different kind of beauty in this arid beach. The pictures above may give you some clues on its hidden treasures.
Being at Orchha on Betwa River in Bundelkhand at the time of sunset is a spellbound experience.
Among the capital cities of India, Bhopal is the most scenic city in many aspects. If you are there at Bhoj Talav at the time of sunset you feel like a natural balm applied to your mind to relive stress.
This frame is from Bundi in Rajasthan. After a struggle of climbing the Aravali for 15 min I felt like on the top of the world for a moment. It was delightful watching the sun going down beneath the mighty Aravali at a place of zero human interference.
Being at Jawai in Rajasthan’s Pali District at the time of sunset was the most cherishable experience. You have majestic Aravali Mountains all around and there are leopards in highest concentration that live in perfect harmony with humans of the villages surrounding the hills.
This is from Osia in Rajasthan in the heart of Thar Desert.
This frame is from Hampi, India’s most admirable world heritage site in Karnataka. You see a perfect riot of colours in the sky at the time of sunset against the setting of green paddy fields and granite hills.
These are the images of stunning Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, where you see a perfect blend of white desert and myriad colours of sky.