Inside: a photographic journey through India & Nepal

Often the inside of something is even more interesting than the outside. – Sara Rosso

Here’s some pictures that represents “inside”, plus a bunch that I just throw in for fun. All these photos were shot between December 2004 – December 2005 when I spent 9 months traveling around in India on my Bullet 350 motorcycle. Most of the time was spent in in Delhi & Rishikesh, plus 3 months were I settled in a village in Nepal.   

Inside my Bullet350

The inside of my Bullet350

Exterior, obviously.

The exterior of a motorcycle (obviously).

Icecold water in Ganga Mata

Inside the ice cold waters of Ganga Mata. Rishikesh, Uttar Pradesh

Nothing left inside...

Nothing left inside…

Such a lovely dog - I just had to take another photo.

Such a lovely dog – I just had to take another photo.

Dead Slow, or you'll end up like the dog...

Dead Slow, or you’ll end up like the dog… (this photo was shot while driving:  sorry for the blur)

..like the dog, or like these guys...

..like the dog, or like these guys…

Inside the back-streets and hidden alleyways of Delhi, you'll find quiet places like this.

Inside the back-streets and hidden alleyways of Delhi, you’ll find quiet places like this.

or you 'll risk finding a stable with some sorry ass looking horses.

or you ‘ll risk finding a stable with some sorry ass looking horses.

For some weird reason they wouldn't let me go inside the Presidential Palace...

For some weird reason they wouldn’t let me go inside the Presidential Palace…

..but the Delhi Police were happy to pose for a photo.

..but the Delhi Police were happy to pose for a photo.

A famous mosque in Delhi

A famous mosque in Delhi. I didn’t go inside.

On the way to Dharamsala

On the way to Dharamsala. Not the best quality roads, but..

road in Dharamasala

…the roads in Dharamasala are interesting to drive.

The entrance to The Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Upper Dharamsala.

I stopped when I came to the entrance to The Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Upper Dharamsala.

...I went inside the small church.

It’s a small church built of stone.

Jesus and pals were inside (inside the window actually).

Jesus and pals were inside (inside the windows actually).

Somewhere along the way.

Somewhere along the way.

Great view

Great view

Petrol Station employees; happy to pose for a photo.

Petrol Station employees; happy to pose for a photo. (when was the last time you experienced that anywhere in the Western world?)

This is at some 'dabha' (a place you'll get warm food) in a village somewhere in Punjab

This is at some ‘dabha’ (a place you’ll get warm food) in a village somewhere in Punjab

After 6-7 months in India, I parked my Bullet 350 and went by bus (& horse – crossed the border by horse!) to Nepal.  

Inside? No thanks, I'll sit on the roof. (bus ride to Nepal)

Inside? No thanks, I’ll sit on the roof. (bus ride to Nepal)

Hiding in the rice paddy (Pokhara, Nepal).

Hiding in the rice paddy (Pokhara, Nepal).

Working in the rice paddy (Pokhara, Nepal).

Working in the rice paddy (Pokhara, Nepal).

Cooking inside, prepping outside.

Cooking inside, prepping outside.

That’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed following me on this short photographic journey through India & Nepal.

Please keep in mind that all these photos were shot with an old school point & click film camera, before being stored in a shoe box for years, scanned and then post-processed. If you’re interested, you can read more about my stay in Nepal here: Life in a village by the foot of the Himalayas.
Or you can read this short story that took place in India: a beach, a bar and a girl in a black & white bikini.

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72 thoughts on “Inside: a photographic journey through India & Nepal

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    • The best thing: I met some great people on the trip. A few of which are still my friends today (especially this one guy, a dentist).
      I even ended up marrying one of the women I met!
      (I should have married all the women I met, but…)

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  5. I love that you are putting these out there – I am doing the same with over a thousand I took when travelling through Africa in the 80’s…and i love that you took the trouble to deal to the horses red-eye

    • Thanks Jo. The horses deserved that little extra post-processing.

      I shot a lot of photos during the first month, but after 5 weeks I lost my camera (I forgot it in a taxi when I was totally fucked up). 5 weeks in Goa: gone!

      Then I went without a camera for a while: bought a film camera that didn’t work, went without a camera (again), before I finally got myself a point & shoot film camera that actually worked (the one that I shot these images with).

      I also got some digital photos from people that I met along the way – if it wasn’t for them I would hardly have any photos at all :)

      I’ll have a look at your Africa photos!

      • They are slowly going up as i get them sorted. they were stored for so long and shipped from holland to Oz to here and needs lots of attention to get them viewable…at least some of them do. And man…I am also trying to scan twenty years after in to the computer…what was I thinking. ;)

        • I wonder how the old freaks back in the days remembered anything at all from their trips? No wonder the old sailors had to bring artist on their ships: They wouldn’t know what the fuck they had done if it weren’t for the guy with the pencil & paper.

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  8. These are fantastic. Where did you get that Bullet? It’s a beauty! I want one now :P

    5 weeks in Goa and no pictures?! That’s a tragedy if I ever knew one. :(

    • No pictures from Goa, none from Mumbai either. Wish I at least had some photos from the 48-hours train ride to Delhi, but..
      I bought the Enfield Bullet in Rishikesh. When I was totally broke I sold the motorcycle and spent the money on a ticket back to Norway.
      Would have been great if I could have stayed longer, but I’m grateful for the time I had :)

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  16. That looks like quite the adventure, thanks for sharing. Some cursory warnings for us all thrown in for good measure even ;) lol! Like don’t turn out like the dog or truck if you don’t obey the dead slow sign. I find myself ending up with pictures like these too, I have one of a dead deer and various signs and other various things just just beckoned to be photographed and people will say why did you take a picture of THAT?! But as you likely well understand, some things just need to be recorded – and there can definitely be beauty in decay.

    • Some things just need to be recorded. Like that “mean sea level”-sign: at first I passed it, but then I turned around to stop and take a photo.

      And the road kill. It’s true what you say: there can definitely be beauty in decay. That’s why B/W photographers love taking pictures of old people :D

  17. I had to stop by this post again… I remember posting once a dead frog on some site, and most of the visitors were appalled :S. Do you still have that Bullet motorbike?

  18. A delightful series of pictures – as the trip seemed to be. I like the feel of a point-and-shoot camera with pictures taken on film and then stored in a shoe box. Brings an extra quality to the photo essay with faded colours and soft focus. Very nice.

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  20. I do like the sense of being off the beaten track in these shots, and on that wonderful Bullet! A shame the poor dog didn’t make it across to the other side . . .

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