India is the most chaotic place I have ever visited. My mouth was wide open in shock for the first few hours I was in the country because everything was just so different and amazing. I witnessed 6 lanes of traffic in a 4 lane road, water buffalo roaming the streets, pigs rummaging through the trash, and locals herding goats down the road.
I couldn’t understand how anyone could live this type of lifestyle but as my week progressed I started to appreciate and enjoy India and its people. I realize most people will never have the privilege of visiting India and I wanted to create this small photo gallery of what India is truly like. Without further ado, I proudly introduce you to the amazing, spectacular and gorgeous country of India!
Delhi is one of the largest cities on earth and is the capital of modern India. In fact, Delhi has been the capital for 7 different civilizations and each civilization has left us breathtaking monuments!
India is a country that loves to celebrate. Upon arrival we were given Marigold Leis, which are a symbol of celebration. They have a party when they have a full moon, they party when they have a half moon and they even party when they have no moon! Man, these people know how to live it up!
To a Western eye the temple above might look kind of silly, but the Hindi people are very proud of it. This god is called Hanuman and he is known for courage, strength and devotion. Hindis have a god for everything. They have a god for good luck, they have a god of wisdom and they even have a god of outer space.
The Qutub Complex is a very impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an array of monuments and buildings but it’s star attraction is the Qutub Minar, which is one of the tallest brick minarets in the world.
The Lotus Temple was built in 1986 and has already become one of the most photographed locations in Delhi. It is a Bahá’í House of Worship, and anyone is welcome to visit regardless of their religious belief.
A trip to Dehli is not complete without paying respect to the person responsible for freeing the Indian people from foreign rule. Since Gandhi’s body was cremated, this peaceful memorial is the best way to pay respect to him.
India was ruled by the Mughal Empire for over 300 years and Agra was the capital from 1556 to 1658. The Mughals are best known for creating the Taj Mahal, which is perhaps the most iconic symbol of love ever created.
The Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah is also known as the Baby Taj or Jewel Box. India is full of unbelievably beautiful tombs, and I highly recommend seeing the Baby Taj because it is of the beaten tourist track and it is what inspired the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal is one of the most breathtaking sites on earth! It was built as a symbol of love for Mumtaz Mahal, the king’s 3rd and favorite wife, who died while giving birth to her 14th child! The Taj has marble inlay flowers and calligraphy that welcomes you before you enter the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal and the king. The calligraphy mainly consists of the verses and passages from the Quran.
In between Agra and Jaipur lies Fatehpur Sikri, one of the best preserved abandoned cities in the world. This walled city was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585 and is a wonder to explore. It remains a mystery why it was abandoned after only 14 years.
Jaipur is known for its jewels and textiles, and was the first planned city in India. It’s called the Pink City because the whole city is painted pink! In preparation for the arrival of the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria in 1876, the city was painted this color of hospitality and has remained that way ever since.
India used to have several kingdoms and the Amber Fort was where one the kings of lived. The fort was built between 1550 and 1614, and it’s one of the must-see attractions in Jaipur.
If you ever wanted to test your faith in God you should definitely try riding in a rickshaw in India. During my 10 minute ride we drove through very heavy traffic, were constantly honked at, and we were almost hit by something (car, tuk-tuk, cow?) at least 50 times.
The Palace of the Winds was constructed for the women of the royal household because the they were not allowed to be seen by the commoners. The lattice design of the palace facade allowed them to watch the street festivals while not being seen.
The Indian people take their astrology very seriously. They have less than a 1% divorce rate because they check the astrological signs of each couple before they allow them to marry. The Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO World Heritage site that features 19 architectural astronomical instruments.
I hope you enjoyed my brief tour of India’s Golden Triangle. Please be sure to visit my India page for more freaking awesome articles on India!
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