As promised, this is the continuation to my previous post, Colors of India (Part 1) and I’m about to fill your screen once again with more hues from India in this psychedelic sequel.
The first picture I started with shows a regular view of Ladakh, where prayer flags hang from almost every building or structure. A 5-hour drive from Leh, and I reached Pangong lake, where I saw a gorgeous blue sky and an ice-blue lake.
I also remember the breathtaking swimming pool at the Udaivilas in Udaipur from a few years ago.
As I approached the grand Oberoi Udaivilas in a traditional Rajasthani boat on Lake Pichola, I saw the royal palatial architecture in an eggshell shade. It was a scene out of a fairytale.
In a similar shade was also the Victoria Terminus railway station in Mumbai. Continuing with earth-tones, above is a picture of the India gate in Delhi and also the landscape in Ladakh.
Moving on to metallic tones; the Golden Temple, a monumental Sikh center in Amritsar, a large golden Buddha statue at the Shey Monastery in Ladakh, bronze sculptures demonstrating yoga poses at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport, a silver sun on a beautiful afternoon in Kashmir and gray, which was the color of my Shikara rower’s woolen vest.
Green is what I saw as I stepped onto the beautiful landscaped garden at Pari Mahal (Fairies Abode) perched on a hill in Srinagar, Kashmir. This color is also a vital part of a craze and religion in India, Cricket, and I got a taste of this passion at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi few months back.
I also peered into a lighter mysterious shade, into the eyes of a mischievous monkey during a stare-down as I was on the way to the Taj Mahal. Next to that is another classic Indian image, demonstrating the co-existence of cars and cows; here a black cow during its afternoon nap.
That brings us to the end. I’ve had a lot of fun with the Colors of India series, but we know it would not be complete without the most essential part of any culture, the food! And red is the most prominent color of most spicy and delicious Indian dishes. Namaste!