Friday, 1 December 2017

Life: November Round-Up

I spent the middle part of November in India so my round-up this month can't really be about anything else.

1 - Humayun's Tomb, New Dehli; 2 - Jama Masjid Mosque, New Dehli; 3 - India Gate, New Dehli; 4 - Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah, Agra; 5 - Fatepur Sikri Fort; 6 - City Palace, Jaipur;  7 - City Palace, Jaipur; 8 - Taj Mahal, Agra; 9 - City Palace, Jaipur
India isn't the easiest of holiday destinations - beyond visa applications and trying to figure out how to fit a huge and varied country into ten days of annual leave, it's one which can make you feel every emotion in the same day. Extremes of poverty and wealth, centuries worth of history and the more recent scourge of plastic co-exist, sometimes uneasily and sometimes wonderfully incongruously. A five minute journey can take in more sights and sounds and smells than I witness in an entire day in my current home city.

The streets are packed, there is no concept of personal space and everyone (and everything - water buffalo, cows, goats, skinny stray dogs) is on the move, at any hour of the day or night - often all at once in six different directions. There's little regard for the highway code and a scooter, a tuk-tuk and a (for now) unscratched new car have the same status. Everything is moving, literally and figuratively in a country of 1.2 billion people.

We did the Golden Triangle (New Dehli, Agra and Jaipur) with a few relaxing days in Ranthambore National Park before flying up to Amritsar. I saw the Taj Mahal at sunrise, heard the almost silence of a national park as the day unfolded and intrepidly tasted (for this rather unadventurous eater) the most colourful and spiciest vegetarian food.

But, sights and sounds and tastes aside, the overriding memory of this country is of the people: our brilliant guide who made us learn and laugh in equal measure; the matriarch of a colonial-era bungalow in Agra who served us sweet chai; the teenagers who politely asked for selfies in perfect English and our travel companions with whom we shared laughter and life lessons over ice-free G&Ts.




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  1. Ah it looked like you had an awesome trip! I so want to go to India! x

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  2. These shots are beautiful! Sounds like you had a crazy and amazing time there.

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