Journey through India in Photos

A Journey through India in Photos

Julie India 4 Comments

India is a country of stark contrasts. This is a country of magnificent beauty, ancient temples, towering mountains, steamy jungles, and hot, dry deserts. It’s also a country that is overpopulated and in some areas impoverished. Travel to India and you will love it and hate it, rejoice in its beauty and become disheartened with its squalor, fall in love with the people but get exasperated when they just won’t leave you alone.

It is no secret that we were not big fans of India during our five week visit here. In fact, we considered skipping the last several weeks, shortening our itinerary and traveling to Myanmar or Thailand early. But our time in India changed us in so many ways…how we travel, who we are as a family, and how we think about our place in the world.

It’s funny how time can change your perspective. Now, I look back on India with fondness. Even though not everything we experienced was pleasant, we did make some unforgettable memories. Sometimes, the things that challenge you the most leave the deepest mark on your soul.

Now, several years later, as I pour through our photos, I am feeling nostalgic for India. Journey through India in photos and just maybe get inspired to visit this land of stark contrasts.

India in Photos

Sunrise on the Ganges River in Varanasi

Sunrise on Ganges

 

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

Mumbai train station

 

Kara’s view from our hotel in Jaisalmer

Kara in Jaisalmer

 

Oh, the food!

Indian food

 

India street art in Udaipur

India street art

 

Here’s a little more

Indian mural

 

One of our best memories…on the Ganges River

Varanasi birds

 

Yes, elephants really do walk down the city streets in India

Elephant in Jaipur

 

So do cows

Varanasi street

 

Here are more cows

Walking through Udaipur

 

Cows are found everywhere. This is the city center of Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer street

 

Monkeys also roam wild…with the perfect sunset in the background

India sunset

 

Coolest memory for our family in India…an overnight camel safari in the Thar Desert

Earth Trekkers kids

 

Ghats on the Ganges River in Varanasi

Varanasi ghats

 

Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai

Chowpatty Beach

 

Kara getting a henna tattoo in Udaipur

Henna tattoo

 

Here she is a few days later…

Henna tattoo later

 

People loved taking our photo

Celebrities

 

It was almost impossible to escape the attention

posing-for-photos

 

Sometimes we would attract a huge crowd of people, with photo sessions lasting over 15 minutes. At first, we thought this was fun, but as time went on, this was something that became aggravating.

attracting-a-crowd

 

But we loved the people. And we took photos of them as well.

Kids in India

 

A guard in Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

guard

 

Of course, there is the Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

 

And beautiful Ranakpur Temple

Ranakpur

 

And sexy Khajuraho

Sexy Khajuraho

 

The blue city of Jodhpur

Jodhpur

 

A city street in black and white

India in black and white

 

Boats in Varanasi

Varanasi boats

 

A crowded street in Delhi

Delhi street

 

Taj Mahal seen from the Red Fort in Agra

Taj Mahal from the Red Fort

 

Kara with a snake charmer in Jaipur

Snake charmer

 

Laundry day in Varanasi

Doing laundry in the Ganges River Varanasi

 

Walking the streets of Jodhpur

Blue Jodhpur

 

Walking the streets of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Street

 

One last view of the Ganges River in Varanasi

Ganges River

 

And finally, Tyler with a sadhu

India holy man


 

A journey through India in Photos

Journey through India in Photos: Varanasi, Taj Mahal, Delhi, Jodhpur, Mumbai, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Udaipur, Jaisalmer

Comments 4

  1. Hi Julie-just want to say congrats on your fabulous website . I am so delighted to see your family going to such adventurous places like India! Our son is now 21 but when he was younger we spent two different year-long sabbaticals with him–one in South America and the other in Africa and Eastern Europe. I can’t stress enough the value of travel to teach your children to accept diversity, esp. in this politically charged time (let’s just say I’m with you on this one). My husband and I have recently sold everything to travel long-term, and after over 100 countries altogether we finally made it to India. I love your assessment of that crazy place and your photos. I too got dengue fever there! Anyway, thanks for the great blog and the memories. I’m hoping we can connect up some day, somewhere wonderful! (Maybe on the Bourbon Trail 🙂

    PS (I post on mytripjournal.com/RumskyRambles if you are ever in the market for travel ideas or want to revisit places you’ve been! I also published a book about our travels in South America called BYOC: South America!)

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      Hello Robin. Wow!!! Over 100 countries…fabulous! Thank you for the wonderful compliments. Yes, it would be great to meet up some day. 🙂 Tim and I talk about traveling long-term again in the future. Congrats on going again and again and again. We really admire you. Happy Travels, Julie

  2. You guys have been an inspiration. My sincere thanks to you for great information and amazing blogs. You guys are doing an excellent job and inspiring so many people like myself. I know that maintaining this website and providing all that information itself is also a huge task. Congratulations and please keep up the great work. I will be reaching out to you soon for my Sweden/Norway vacation plan for next summer.

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      Hello Jayant. Thank you so much for the very nice compliment. Yes, you are correct, this website is a lot of work, but it is so worth it. We love sharing our experiences with everyone, hopefully inspiring people to travel more, and giving advice about the things we have learned about. We look forward to helping you out with Sweden and Norway when you are ready. You picked great destinations! Cheers, Julie

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