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I thought I would share my photos from my latest travels to India- one of the most intriguing, magical, contrasting countries I have ever visited. Right from the moment the plane landed I was hooked, and I know I’ll be visiting again as there’s still a lot of India to see. Firstly I visited Goa to do a yoga retreat there for 10 days in the middle of the jungle, it was so spectacular and soul cleansing. The retreat really taught me to slow down and just relax. We were fed really nutritious food everyday from their organic garden, and at night we would have bonfires and listen to music. We were surrounded by monkeys and exotic birds, It was a very spiritual place. When we weren’t doing yoga during the day we would spend our days by the sandy white beaches of Agonda.

After the retreat ended our group took the train to Hampi, and had such an amazing time there.  We went to a lot of amazing Hindu temple ruins and hiked up the Monkey Temple at sunset, it was very breathtaking. We also went swimming which was an incredibly refreshing break from that hot Indian sun. A lot of the locals just wear their underwear swimming; we even saw one local boy with a belt around his underwear so they wouldn’t fall down, very resourceful! 🙂

Then after our Hampi adventure we headed back to Goa where we took part in the Holi Festival, which is the festival where they throw coloured powder at each other. It was SO much fun and everyone was covered head to foot in colour. It was a perfect ending to my time down south. The next day I headed up north to Rishikesh to continue to do more yoga/meditation, but that’s on a separate blog post: India Part 2-the North

If you still can’t get enough of India like me, have a look at another trip I did where I became more of a tourist and got a great taste of Indian life and architecture. It’s India: Round 3.

 

a travel photo of a fisherman at sunset goa india

a travel photo of an elephant with colourful markings in hampi india

a travel photo of a tree beside the ruins in hampi india

a travel photo of a boy playing with a bike wheel in goa india

a travel photo of the ferry crossing in hampi indiaOn the ferry to Hampi, they jam packed us in so tight, until you can’t move. You can’t see in the photo but there’s at least 4 motorcycles packed in there!a travel photo of the palm trees on the beach in goa india

a travel photo of a campfire in goa indiaBonfire night at our yoga retreat.a travel photo of colourful flowers in goa india

a travel photo of a man bathing in goa india

a travel photo of sun coming through in goa india

a travel photo of a night shot of a tree in goa india

a travel photo of a family on a motorcycle in goa india

a travel photo of the rikshaw meter in goa india

a travel photo of a woman with a scarf on the beach in goa india

a travel photo of rocks on the beach in goa india

a travel photo of a laughing family on a motorcycle in hampi indiaTypical Indian family jammed packed onto a motorcycle, with no helmets of course 🙂

a travel photo of cows on the beach in agonda beach indiaWhen it’s this hot,  there’s only one place to be…the beach!a travel photo of the view from the yoga pyramid in goa india

a travel photo of the temple ruins in hampi india

a travel photo of a man in hampi india

a travel photo of a cow drinking in hampi india

a travel photo of the contrasts of hampi indiaThe contrasts of India; the beautiful ruins of Hampi next to some slumsa travel photo of a baby monkey in hampi india

a travel photo of a bike sign in hampi india

a travel photo of a cat drawing in goa india

a travel photo of coloured dye in hampi india

a travel photo of a happy tractor rider in hampi india

a travel photo of happy school kids in hampi india

a travel photo of women dancing in hampi india

a travel photo of straw baskets in hampi india

a travel photo of the kite festival in hampi indiaKite festival in Hampi

a travel photo of a person sitting at the monkey temple in hampi india

a travel photo of the monkey temple in hampi india

a travel photo of people swimming in hampi india

a travel photo of a man sleeping at a monkey temple in hampi india

a travel photo of henna in hampi india

a travel photo of a person walking at the monkey temple in hampi india

a travel photo of a cute kid in hampi india

a travel photo of flowers in goa india

a travel photo of a man in goa india

a travel photo of men on the train in goa indiaAdventures on the train to Hampia travel photo of men on the train in goa india

a travel photo of the holi festival in goa indiaHoli festival in Goa!a travel photo of the holi festival in goa india

a travel photo of the monkey temple in hampi indiaSunset at the Monkey Temple in Hampisouth india travel photography