It was a last minute trip: the flights were affordable and I already went through 7 circles of hell to get my visa to India earlier that year (that’s a separate story).

One Friday evening, after getting an email for a deal from a low cost airline, my husband and I hopped on a plane to Jaipur, Rajastan. No plans, no reservations, no prior research.

We ended up hiring a driver for the weekend. We told him: “go around your usual day, take us to places where you eat, pray or shop yourself”.

Most of the photographs below were taken from a passenger seat of that said taxi.

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Hindu devotee. The secret to his thoughtful gaze? He is talking on the phone using a bluetooth earpiece.

Man being chilled out about his hammock business

“Do you feel sometimes that we are being watched?”

Tea time. Today, India is one of the largest tea producers in the world, with over 70% of the tea being consumed within India itself.

The Rajasthan region of northern India is the country’s epicenter of the turban. There, a turban can tell a lot about a person — where he lives, who his family is, what he believes and what he does for a living.

Devotee jumping into a spring pool

The holy ash(seen on the man’s forehead) made of burnt dried wood in Agamic rituals, called Vibhuti or Bhasma, is believed to protect devotees from all evil forces, purify, and kindle one’s spirit.

In India, Earthen pots have been in use since ancient times and can be found in houses of every class.

A friendly vegetable seller. Underconsumption of fresh fruits and veggies is a big problem in India.An affinity for fast food, long work hours and rising prices of fruit and vegetable are the leading reasons for that.

Small business owner. In India, small businesses employ about 106 million people, 40% of India’s workforce. Next only to the agricultural sector.

Making of a fresh curry. I don’t know how these guys could tolerate the heat from the fire combined with 40C (104F) outside.

There is a believe that sweeping the floor during the evening brings bad luck – something important might get swept away in the dark. So people start sweeping their floors at around sunrise.