It was a high time to post the second part of the India travel diary. In the previous one, I shared only about the unforgettable moments on the houseboat in Kashmir but I went through all the photos I shot during the trip and guess what, there would have been at least ten parts of India travel diary if I had to write about all of them. So I thought that the best way to share is to do one blog post with all the pictures, including short descriptions to tell you about the places where they have been shot and in which circumstances. It really blows my mind when I think about those incredible moments.
I believe that everyone should travel to India at least once in their lifetime as it seriously feels like another planet, amazingly different from all the places I’ve been until now. That blend of cultures, the striking architectures, the mystical places and the vibrant atmosphere: these are experiences which really touch the soul in some ways. Having said that, I won’t waste more time on the introduction as the photos will speak for themselves. Enjoy the photographs and I hope that they will give you a glimpse of India through my eyes.
I stood there amidst the hustle and bustle on the Chadhni Chowk street in Delhi and realized how different it was from the place I live, yet so rich of cultures, colors and a lively atmosphere. Leaving aside the pollution and strangers’ stares. Well, get ready for the stares if you are planning a trip to India, it’s normal stuff there!
This is one of the most common forms of transport in Delhi, meant to cover short distances. I was shocked to see old men riding this three-wheeler with much vigour and strength though they looked physically weak. Sometimes carrying two or more people (2 seats in front and 1 at the back).
I was fascinated by the Lotus Temple in Delhi. It is a Bahai house of worship which attracts thousands of people everyday.
These photos were shot at the India Gate in Delhi which is a war memorial. It was one heck of a day! Mostly everywhere you go in Delhi is crowded and not to mention the extreme heat. It was like 45 degrees that day! I wore lots of sunscreen lotion and as you can see in the second photo, I could not bear it and I had my scarf over my head (unfortunately I had no umbrella). I had few snaps and ran to the AC in the car!
Just a quick shot before entering Taj Mahal! From the start to the end, I could not stop taking photos!
Aah the Taj Mahal, symbol of love! This is my favorite place in India. It’s so peaceful and has some great vibes. An amazing atmosphere which cannot be described into words! We were accompanied by a guide who told us the story behind every bit of this incredible place! No wonder why it is among the seven wonders of the world!
This place definitely demands souvenir photographs! I took countless selfies that day (lol) and even hired a photographer to take some more photos.
Another remarkable architecture at the back of Taj Mahal which also holds a story! The view behind the Taj Mahal is as beautiful as the front view. I was left spellbound!
This photo was shot in Jaipur which is one of the iconic places of the royal families. You can see the floating palace behind me.
In the ancient times in India, forts were built by kings during their reign. I’m grateful that I had the unique opportunity to visit these places. The second picture is the famous Ajmer fort in Jaipur. Pure bliss to the eyes!
We had six hours of road trip from Jaipur to Delhi. On the way back, we stopped at a restaurant to relax a bit and at the entrance, I saw that statue which I thought was a real person at first glance. That sitting posture is so unusual to me!
The next destination was Haridwar where we had the opportunity to see the Ganges. We reached there after 6 hours of road trip from Delhi. As you see in the pictures, I’ve been holding my bag as a cross-body most of the times as we have been warned about pickpockets which are very frequent in India (especially tourist attractions). So if you are planning a trip, take your precautions.
Hawkers are everywhere in India! These photos were shot close to the Ganges in Haridwar. They were selling flowers for prayers at the Ganges (It is considered sacred by Indians) and bottles for visitors who wanted to bring back the water. Those shells are also used for praying purposes. Unfortunately child labour is still very prevalent in India due to poverty.
Everyday at 7pm, thousands of people are gathered around the Ganges for a special prayer.
After 4 hours of road trip, we reached Sonmarg valley in Kashmir. The views were spectacular with snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys. It was very cold though! My face looks very tired in this picture. We were spending the last few days of that long holiday.
We had to choose between the horses or car to go on top of the mountain in Sonmarg. Obviously, we chose the horse riding which was really fun! I loved every bit of that day!
Some more postcard views of Sonmarg Valley!
As a nature lover, I really enjoyed strolling in the gardens of Kashmir. The guide told us that these gardens exist since decades as they were built on the orders of the Kings.
The most peaceful and relaxing activity in Kashmir was undoubtedly the Shikara (wooden boats) ride. It was a great experience, going around on the mirror-like lake and admiring nature.