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,