I had the best time in India a year prior in 2015, so I wanted to go back for more of the constant whirlwind of energy- as I was hooked! 🙂 I went this time as I wanted to be more of a tourist, and do less of the mediation/yoga (not that I didn’t want to), as I really wanted to experience the rawness of it all. It was my partner‘s first time in India and my relationship with India got tested as well his own impression of India as he was sick a lot and both of us were in the hospital. Nothing major though so it could’ve been a lot worse!

I was on my own for the first 2 weeks, so started in Varanasi, which is one of the most sacred places for Hindus as they believe the Ganges is very holy, and it’s also where public cremations are held when people pass away. For me it was very refreshing to see death out in the open and they were not ashamed of it, where as here it’s very private and you don’t see the body unless it’s open casket. It was very fascinating to go on the boat rides through the Ganges as well as you get a different perspective of the town and how they live. Of course you get a fabulous sunset as well which you can’t go wrong with!

On my way back to meet my partner in New Delhi, I stopped in at Agra since I’m a lover of architecture I’ve always wanted to see the Taj Mahal! Plus it was one the 7 wonders of the world so I had to go! Despite dealing with a lot of red tape and random rules that made no sense-they did let me bring my camera in– YAY! So I was able to truly enjoy all the hand carved details in the window frames, and the shapes of the Islamic domes-so unique!

I joined my partner at this stage of our journey and we headed to Udaipur next, and it was also one of my favorites as well as it was a great get away from all the noise and chaos of the rest of India. It reminded me of an old European town as there was a massive lake dotted with islands or resorts all along the waters edge-and at dusk that scene looked even more spectacular as the resorts lights started to come on and reflect along the water. The Abhaneri Step Wells are also there which I always wanted to visit, it’s a giant set of steps where stray dogs like to hang, also reminds me of a Salvador Dali illustration, never-ending steps! In town as well there were so many incredible Hindu temples to visit as well-which look like works of art as every carving is a different Hindu god/goddess and has lasted the test of time.

Then we headed to Jaipur on the last leg of our trip together. Another city filled with architecture waiting for us! Also known as the pink city-as it had a ton of pink colored buildings, markets going on for endless miles, and also home of Palace of the Winds, another Indian design wonder I’ve always wanted to visit. It resembles a bunch of tiny houses all stacked together-or very intricately carved organ pipes. Either way it’s stunning palace to visit!

So I know I definitely had a great time this time being tourists, but there’s still WAY more to see in India-the north maybe? But I think I need a break from India for a couple years, maybe see more of South America…who knows where the winds will bring me next.

So I bet you’re wondering how all this love of epic things translates to your wedding day photos? I have a very unique style as I draw from the following inspirations: architecture- graphic designs, texture, balance, and reflections. Using travel as well as I like to immerse myself in the culture, I enjoy the different colors of the saris, to Holi festival, to seeing the magnificent sunset reflect like a mirror over the still waters, I also like having fun with light and shadow. With all these inspirations in mind I gel them together, which make for some very quirky and creative images! 🙂

If you enjoyed this post about India and wanted to see more, head to the travel category of my blog or click on the following link for India Part 1-the south and India Part 2-the north,

men rowing at night in the harbour waters of India

photo of man looking by red cart

man riding painted elephant down the streets of India

man standing behind rick shaw on streets of India

children riding around busy streets of india

walking through the busy streets of India

The ally view of a street in india with light coming through

mother and child walking together through the historic streets of India

man on the streets of India blowing biubbles

puppy under a bike on the streets of India

woman smiling in blue robes on the streets of India

man sitting by cart of the streets of India

man sitting by the dock in one of the harbours in India

man bathing in the waters by the boats in India

man sitting with child on the boat in the harbour in India

men sitting on the steps of a guest house in India

man sitting with two children on the streets of India

man walking down the steps of a street in India

Dog sitting and sun bathing on pillars in India

man sitting on his bike in the streets of india

man sitting in his boat decorated by flowers in the water in India

woman rowing in her boat off the shores in India

men sitting squished together in boat on the harbour waters of India

 

A view of the harbour, boats and market at night in India

man standing on boat by the harbour at night in India

A black and white photo of children on the back of a rickshaw on the streets of India

A man smiling and dancing in the square for a festival in India

man standing in robes in front of altar with bell in India

woman smiling in red robes outside of temple building in India

man standing in a doorway of the streets of India

man sitting infront of some lockers in orange robes in building in India

woman sitting outside colourful building on the streets of India

man sitting and smiling in orange robes on the streets of India

three men sitting on the streets of India

Child standing in the door way of a building on the streets of India

man sitting and woman walking on the steps on a street in India

women standing together by boats on the harbour shores of India with children

man standing holding instrument in orange robes by a painting on the streets of India

Goat sitting with straw mat on the streets of India

A man waving by a red door on the streets of India

A gathering on the docks of the harbour with many people in boats for a festival/ ritual in India

lighting candles on the water in India

Man lighting a fire in the evening on the streets of India for a ritual

Fire at the street festival by harbour in India

architecture of temple in India

Woman looking out by a shop on the streets of India

Blue water bottles in front of street shops of India

The sunlight on the water of a temple garden in India people standing in background

crowd of people walking towards the Taj Mahal

the taj mahal temple and garden in foreground in India

A roof top night view of the temples in India

man holding up fire for a ritual in India

A view of the moon by the temples in India

people sitting by building at night on the streets of India

man walking by cart and shop on the streets of India

women sitting outside building with elephant drawing in pink robes on the streets of India

A wreath of flowers on the streets in India

many pots stacked by a red door on the streets of India

woman sitting by plants under the shade of a building on the streets of india

View of beautiful building in India under a blue cloudy sky

A statue of a deity on the temple walls in India

A beautiful tree by the stairs of a building in India

A piece of orange cloth tied round a tree in India

man sitting cooking at his shop on the streets of India

A view of an abandon building with red door in India

Woman staring off with glasses on the streets of India

men standing holding child on steps of street in India

Monkey sitting of the steps of street in India eating

man sitting on the street steps of India with beads around neck

A man sitting hunched over on the steps of a building in India

man sitting alone on bench on the streets of India with blue flipflops

Woman looking out window with dog into the streets of India

Beautiful above view of the water way and buildings of India with the mountains in the background

A view through the window of the water and buildings. A night view of India

women and child walking down the street a night in India

Women dancing in the streets of India at night in beautiful dresses

A mosaic of an elephant by the steps of a building in India

man walking down road in India carrying sticks

Women smiling selling fruit on the streets of India

A night roof top view of fireworks in India

Horse in window looking out to the streets of India

a clothes line and door on the streets of India

Beautiful flowers hanging by the water in a garden in India

Women sitting together in pink robes smiling on the streets of India

Three children posing for camera two shirtless on the streets of India

view through doorway of men standing the the streets of India

monkey sitting on the window ledge of a building in the streets of India

man carrying brick on his head through the streets of India

A girl sitting on the streets of india in green robes staring

The harsh shadow of light hitting a building in India

men sitting working while sharpening knives in shop in India

Children smiling with their bike on the streets of India

The view of stray dogs climbing the intricate patterned stars of building in India

Carvings of statues on the temple walls in India

A view through a hole of a building reaching for the sky in India

Tow women sitting outside building in pink and blue robes on the streets of India

man sitting on bike riding through the streets of India

men sitting outside yellow building with plants on the streets of India

two little girls riding in toy red car by the bridge on the streets of India

children sitting on bridge ledge with the mountains of India in the background

man smiling in green shirt by cart on the streets of India

Child peaking out from behind man at shop stall in India