Oriol Casanovas Photographer

Daily life in North India, notes

For this first edition of my look at daily life, I share images from different states located in the North of India: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Rajastan.-- Oriol Casanovas

boating ganges varanasi uttarkhand

Symmetry in the Ganges. The boat ride is a very common activity for hindu pilgrims and tourists in Varanasi.

ganges haridwar uttarkhand puja

Puja in Haridwar. This worship consists of a ritual of offerings and prayers. For the majority of Hindus, the most important religious path is devotion (bhakti) to gods. Saffron, sacred ash or turmeric powder is often used for purification.

holy ganges varanasi uttarkhand

A boy jumps into the river Ganges in Varanasi. The values ​​of most of the polution parameters in the river are, still today, alarmingly high.

ganges varanasi uttarkhand hinduism

Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi ensures release of a person's soul from the cycle of its transmigrations. Thus, many Hindus arrive here for dying.

holy ganges varanasi uttarkhand

A man meditating in Varanasi's banks. This city is considered the spiritual capital of India.

ganges varanasi uttarkhand hinduism

Two boats full of passengers, traveling in opposite directions, coincide in time and space in front of one of the piers in Varanasi.

train station india pilgrim

A pilgrim sleeps sprawled on a bench in the train station of Rishikesh, beside his tiffin box and chappals.

India ramayana sundarkand hinduism

Reading a writing from the 5th book of Ramayana called the "Sundarkand", from the 16th century, on the banks of the Ganges, as it passes through Rishikesh.

saddhu ganges uttarkhand rishikesh

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh it's known as The Gateway to the Himalayas. Rishikesh, sometimes nicknamed "the world capital of Yoga", has numerous yoga centres that attract many Saddhus (ascetic, wandering monks) and tourists.

Mehndi hands india bride

Mehndi, the ceremonial art form made out of henna, is typically applied to brides before wedding ceremonies.

puja ganges haridwar uttarkhand

The Ganges, the sacred river, receives offerings of flowers in Haridwar. Devotees believe that bathing in the river causes the remission of sins and facilitates liberation from the cycle of life and death.

ganges gangotri uttarkhand pilgrim

The Bhagirathi river as it passes trough Gangotri. This is the source stream of the Ganges, the holy river of Hinduism. Gangotri is one of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit.

bhagirathi gangotri uttarakhand pilgrim

A boy and a pilgrim crossing a bridge over the river Bhagirathi in Gangotri.

gangotri bus security mother

A mother assures her son as the bus descends the road to Gangotri, the spiritual source of Ganga.

India manali himachal pradesh

A family in Manali. Even being agriculture the main source of income and employment in Himachal Pradesh, the state has one of the highest literacy rates in India.

India himachal pradesh keylong

The Population Fund of India has rated Himachal Pradesh as a best in the country in the implementation of the Reproductive and Child Health programme.

India keylong child labour

A boy walks on stilts in Keylong.

India keylong traditional market

Ladies buying silk clothes in the market day at Keylong with their traditional neckless. Himalayan tribal jewellery is usually made out of fossilized red Coral and lapis lazuly mined by hand.

India keylong dancers

Dancers waiting their turn to perform at the celebrations of the Independence Day in Keylong.

India keylong buddhist monastery

A Buddhist monastery hidden in a a cliff near Keylong.

India keylong independence day

Military parade in Keylong in India's independence day.

India keylong actors

The posters sales of modern and fashioned actors in a small town market contrasts with the social reality of the place.

baralacha pass zanskar himalaya

The Baralacha Pass (4,890 m) is a high mountain pass in the Zanskar range, connecting Lahaul district in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

Leh Manali Highway himalaya

The Leh–Manali Highway, open only for four and a half months in a year in summer, was constructed because of the strategic importance of the area. It is capable of supporting the heaviest of army vehicles.

Leh Manali Highway

The bus ride from Manali to Leh, a distance of six hundred kilometers with its highest elevation at 5,328 m. through winding roads, demands patience and sometimes even courage. Technical stop.

traditional tibetan folk dance

Women in traditional Tibetan clothes performing a folk dance. Annual Festival of Leh.

ladakh farmer leh


ladakh leh thikse

A worker rests while collecting grass. In the background, the monastery of Thikse.

maitreya buddha thikse

The Maitreya (future Buddha) statue of Thikse monastery, 15 metres high, covers two storeys of the building.

buddhist gompa monastery ladakh

Restoration work on paintings in the Stok Gompa.

ladakh leh lamayuru himalaya

Roads in the Himalayas, hardly leave margin for error, accidents are fatal because of the huge drops.

ladakh mulbekh buddhist wheel

A man sitted in a Buddhist Prayer Wheel in Mulbekh. Mulbekh marks the boundary between the buddhist Ladakhi territories and the Kashmeere muslim culture.

ladakh lamayuru farm

Aerial view of a family farm near Lamayuru monastery.

ladakh mulbekh farming

The economy in Ladakh has been based on small farms and herding. A lady separates barley grain from chaff in Mulbeck.

Leh Manali Highway ladakh

The working conditions of road maintenance teams are precarious. Tarred Workers.

ladakh lamayuru gompa monastery

The oldest and largest existing gompa in Ladakh is Lamayuru. It was founded by Naropa on the 11th century, and is home of 150 monks.

ladakh lamayuru gompa monastery

A novice monk looks at the view from a terrace in Lamayuru Monastery.

ladakh lamayuru gompa monastery

An elderly Tibetan woman with a prayer wheel shares a moment with a younger woman.

lamayuru himalaya indian truck

Lunar landscape in the Srinagar - Kargil - Leh road, 15 km east of the Fotu La, at a height of 3.510 m.

dung beetle thar desert

A dung beetle climbing a dune in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan.

thar desert rajastan

A cameleer preparing the dinner on aA dung beetle climbing a dune in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan..

thar desert rajastan

With an area of more than 200,000 km2, the Thar desert its a natural boundary between India and Pakistan.

pushkar rajastan turban

Turbans in Rajastan are referred to as the "Pagari". They vary in colour, size and style. They can also indicate the wearer's region, social caste or the occasion it being worn for.

pushkar lake rajastan

Taking a holy bath in the sacred Pushkar's Lake.

pushkar lake meditation rajastan

A Brahmin meditates facing the sacred lake of Pushkar.