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After several days in Mahaballipuram in southern India in 1987 I proceeded to Vellore, a fairly small town safely off the tourist tracks. Between heavy showers caused by the northeast monsoon I did some sightseeing and took a few photos.

This looks like the cattle section of the market area. In the WS is a view from another muddy market street. Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

I had actually planned to go to Kanchipuram, another famous town packed with fantastic temples. But when my bus arrived there it was raining so heavily that I temporarily lost my interest in sightseeing. I boarded the next bus to Vellore, hoping that by the time I got there the rain would have stopped.

My tactic worked well enough for me to find my way to 'India Café & Boarding & Lodging' without being drenched. It was described by my guide book as the "best budget hotel" in town. I found it dreadful, but it would only be for two nights, and I even managed to convince them to provide me with sheets, so it was okay.

Vellore was mainly famous for a large 16th century fort with an attached museum, and a temple on the grounds. I spent some time there, but I don't seem to have taken any photos. Either the light was too bad under the dark monsoon sky, or I didn't find anything spectacular enough.

However, in the streets of Vellore I also took a few photos of people, my favourite hobby. I will show them the next time.

There are only 20 photos on TE marked Vellore, and only 3 of them are actually taken in the city (one is mine), which indicates that not many tourists go there. (Two further photos are from a place called 'v ellore'.)

By the way, 14 years later I saw Kanchipuram at a time when the weather was much better. I was glad I finally got there.

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