India in Photos: 24 reminders of my wanderlust

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Three years ago, my sister and I embarked on one of my favourite journeys to date. Destination: India.

For three weeks, we traipsed around Delhi, Agra and the cities of Rajasthan.

Known as The Land of Kings, Rajasthan was an absolute playground for this history nerd. The royal state is a landscape of mostly desert and some jungle, and is covered in fortresses, palaces and ruins waiting to be explored.

Visiting ancient sites and learning of the area’s history and faith was fascinating. Meeting amazing people and feasting on delicious food each day was the icing on the cake.

Now I’m in the midst of planning a new Sister Getaway when she visits the USA in spring, I can’t help but reminisce about our last adventure together and the lasting impression India has had on me.

While I’m yet to delve into the India Archives on this blog (hopefully I will get the time soon), I wanted to share some of my favourite photos from the trip. Not necessarily the best composed or highest quality snaps; these are the photos I look back on most fondly, that strike a memory about an experience or people I met on the road.

The Chaos and the Calm

My time in India is best represented as a complete juxtaposition. Moments of total chaos proceeded by a spell of total serenity and calmness.

The chaos in and around Chandni Chowk, one of Delhi’s largest and busiest markets.

India in Photos: The chaos of Delhi near Chandni Chowk market - LiveRecklessly

India in Photos: the chaos of Delhi - LiveRecklessly

The calm: opium poppy fields in the countryside, and by the ghats in the holy city of Pushkar.

India in Photos: Opium poppy fields in Rajasthan - LiveRecklessly

India in Photos: by the ghats in holy Pushkar - LiveRecklessly

Family Portraits

As other travellers can no doubt attest, being a foreigner in India means you will attract the attention of others very easily. It’s a small taste of what celebrities must feel like around Hollywood paparazzi.

A novelty at first, Hailee and I quickly found ourselves trying to be as discreet as possible when visiting different tourist sites, hoping to go unnoticed so we could appreciate our surroundings rather than pose for photos. While there were a few awkward or unfriendly moments, most of the time it was great fun and an awesome opportunity to meet India’s domestic travellers.

We talked to families from all over the country, took photos with their babies and young children. A few times, we even asked for a photo back! Here’s one from Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi.

India in Photos: Family portraits at Humayuns Tomb. We got asked to be in so many photos we ended up asking for our own in return! - LiveRecklessly.com

The Taj Mahal

We spent an afternoon among the crowds at the Taj, and I’m not sure how I managed to snap a photo without anyone else in the foreground.

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But I think I love this one even more.

India in Photos: The Taj Mahal at a different angle - LiveRecklessly.com

Transportation

I pretty much experienced every mode of transport possible while in India: from motorised to the four-legged kind. Some were definitely more comfortable than others!

A six hour train journey through Rajasthan…

India in photos: Train travel through Rajasthan, India - LiveRecklessly

A camel safari in the Thar Desert…

India in photos: Camel safari India Thar Desert - LiveRecklessly.com

Bicycle rickshaw in Jaipur…

India in photos: Bicycle rickshaw in Jaipur, India - LiveRecklessly.com

An afternoon of horse riding in countryside near Bijaipur…

India in Photos: Horse riding in Rajasthan, India - LiveRecklessly

Qutb Minar

Before landing in Delhi I knew little of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the few hours I got to spend walking around it was undoubtedly my favourite time in Delhi. The minar itself was built in 1193AD and stands at 73m tall. The complex also holds the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India.

India in Photos: Delhi's Qutb Minar - LiveRecklessly

India in Photos: Delhi's Qutb Minar complex - LiveRecklessly

The people of Madhogarh village

An afternoon without planned activities became my favourite of the trip. It seemed as though half the village came out to see us, say hello, or offer chai. The children were all so eager to get their photos taken, and their faces lit up when they looked back at the images. Such a joy!

India in Photos: The people of Madhogarh, Rajasthan - LiveRecklessly

India in Photos: The people of Madhogarh, Rajasthan - LiveRecklessly

India in Photos: The people of Madhogarh, Rajasthan - LiveRecklessly

India in Photos: The people of Madhogarh, Rajasthan - LiveRecklessly

Charmed by smaller cities

While the big cities like Delhi and Jaipur offer plenty of historical and cultural attractions, I really enjoyed my time exploring the smaller cities and towns of Rajasthan. I found myself more relaxed, less distracted, and more able to appreciate my surroundings.

The view of a very blue Bundi from Garh Palace…

India in Photos: the view of Bundi town from the top of Garh Palace - LiveRecklessly.com

From the streets of Bundi: a man waiting for the dentist, and sassy cows.

India in Photos: On the streets of Bundi, Rajasthan - LiveRecklessly
Pushkar Lake: the views clearly impressed everyone!

India in Photos: Views of Pushkar Lake, Rajasthan. Clearly everyone was impressed! - LiveRecklessly.com

Forming Friendships

This backpacking adventure was not only a great bonding session for Hailee and I – we also met some incredible women on the road. Social workers, teachers, scientists and writers, all tackling it together.

India in photos: making friends with incredible women - LiveRecklessly

India in Photos: Henna hands in India - LiveRecklessly

Reflections

There’s just something awesome about reflections.  Captured here is the Amber Fort in Jaipur and Lake Pichola, Udaipur.

India in Photos: reflections of Amber Fort Jaipur - LiveRecklessly

India In Photos: Lake Pichola, Udaipur - LiveRecklessly

This trip through Rajasthan only scratched the surface of a magnificent country. Without a doubt, I’ll be back.

What was your favourite of the India in Photos series? Have you travelled to India and loved your experience as much as I did? Tell me about it!

India in Photos: 24 photos that show why I fell in love with this incredible country - LiveRecklessly

India in photos

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