Jenny December 5, 2012

On our journey through Gujarat, we stopped for a few hours in a small place called Bhanvad. The town is surrounded by a semi-dry landscape, dotted with palm trees and greenery, and has the mountainous Barda Hills as a backdrop. There was a maze of charming back alleys, and I soon found myself stopping in front of every door, admiring the many beautiful doorways.

A metallic door, painted in shades of green, with the Om sign.

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Simple, beautiful wooden doors.

One example of the fascinating wooden carvings that are common in this part of Gujarat.

Diwali decorations still adorn some streets.

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Light green, pink, sky blue – the whole town wears shades of pastel.

One of Bhanvad’s many mandirs (Hindu temples). This tiny one was closed off and locked.

In a small alley, an entrance that reminisces of Gujarat’s princely past.

More from the past.

A shop owner and his friend.

After feeding the family, feed the cows!

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On the main shopping street running through town.