Indian Summer: Climbing the steps of Palitana

Maybe the expectations about Diu where too high: I expected some good old Portuguese cuisine to take a break from the delicious but strong Indian food and also expected to find locals who spoke Portuguese. I found neither. My wife and I hoped to take some rest in Nagoa beach but it was crowded with local weekenders, the seawater was muddy brown and the sand was covered with litter. Maybe it just wasn’t the right season to appreciate Diu so we decided to take a rain check and headed to Palitana on the next morning.

Soon after arrival, we climb up the stone steps (all 3364 of them!) on our way to the Jain temple complex at the top of the Shatrunjaya hills. Being the most sacred place for the Jain community, it is expected that every Jain follower will climb to the top of the mountain at least once in his lifetime. The path is a spiritual journey and one doesn’t need to be a Jain follower to feel it.

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photoblog 2012

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12 responses

  1. Great set of images, one of your best in a long while I’d say. Obrigado!

    November 5, 2012 at 16:52

    • António Marques

      Thanks, Trevor. The exoticism of the place makes the task of getting nice shots a somewhat easy one.

      November 5, 2012 at 17:15

  2. Lovely photos Antonio. My native place is in this part of Gujarat, though I am in Delhi now, and I’ve been to Diu and Palitana a few times. Yes, Diu can get crowded at times and the beach tends to get dirty. But Palitana is absolutely wonderful as can be seen in your pics too. The B&W effect is amazing. cheers, Bhaven

    November 6, 2012 at 05:57

    • António Marques

      Thank you, Bhaven.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:00

  3. Spectacular! The black and white really brings out the details on the temples. And those portraits are great; I love the beaming smiles in the third photo.

    November 6, 2012 at 14:15

    • António Marques

      Thanks, Meghan. The Indian smiles are something else…

      November 6, 2012 at 14:36

  4. stunning work !

    November 6, 2012 at 17:07

  5. marialla

    WOW – IT ALL SEEMS LIKE A FAIRYLAND!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 23:17

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    November 28, 2012 at 22:13

    • António Marques

      Go right ahead!

      November 28, 2012 at 23:59

  7. Pingback: Palitana, Gujurat, India « toemail

  8. It’s posted now. Thanks so much, we really appreciate it!

    December 1, 2012 at 20:56

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