A brief snippet of my travels to India - to the South and my home away from home Udaipur, Rajasthan.
India is becoming a second home for me now, there is something magical and special about this place, it’s such a interesting and diverse country that there is always more to see and do, and each time I go I travel to a different area - this time it was the South of India, but I base myself in Udaipur in Rajasthan.
I get so much inspiration from travelling, I love to get lost in different worlds and cultures.
(Pushkar Lake, India - Above)
Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state.
It is known for it’s spice box, incense and perfumes.
Pigment - (pictured) they will try and tell you this is natural colour but clearly it is not, so you just nod politely lol But this is mainly used in festival times when they colour themselves and colour the streets and throw in the air at celebration time.
Backwaters - this was super laid-back and beautiful, which you can just organise this through your accommodation etc.
This is Tea Plantation country and also really good coffee grown here too.
Just breath taking scenery and you could really feel the fresh air as I went higher up into the hills - just magic with such lush greenery.
Pondicherry - Auroville
Auroville is nothing I’ve ever seen - it is very futuristic looking, you can only view this from the outside - but if you join their programme - which I’m not sure what is involved to be accepted, then you can enter this spectacular building. But when you arrive they have this amazing intro movie area that talks a little about how it came about and shows you inside. Amazing architecture!!
This really felt like I was on a movie set.
This is quite a spectacular place to visit, it’s not big but amazing temples and very desert tropical/movie set feel there, and now the main temple is lit up at night which makes for some beautiful night shots. There is also a lucky elephant which resides inside the temple too.
Visiting the Paper Factory - which I did manage to bring back a few sheets of the large paper pictured and also some small A4 size made for me with the beautiful natural deckle edge on them - I love this paper - it is super white. Here is some of the work that I painted on this while over there.
While I was there I also got the local carpenter to make these beautiful ornate frames for me, which I’m still not sure what I’ll do with these - I may gild one in gold possibly….
Happy Holi Festival - a couple of guys celebrating in front of our mural in Udaipur, India that we painted with The Painted Peacock Project