India – Part 1 (Delhi&Agra)

Have you ever visited a country or place that was the absolute opposite of anything you ever experienced? The language, climate, culture…everything is foreign and you feel like you’re an alien, visiting a new planet for the first time.

April 2012, I visited India, a country that is very different from the Western part of the world I grew up in. I was nervous, but so excited and ready to visit this country and discover a part of my cultural heritage.

India Gate, Delhi

We landed in Delhi. I remember the commute from the airport to our hotel very vividly. It was night time, yet the streets were lit up, so bright and full of life. As I looked out of the car window I saw the streets lined with vendors selling street food. I saw people walking, sitting and sleeping on the side of the dusty roads. I felt like I was watching a travel documentary – except, I was filming it.

My time in Delhi was mostly site seeing. I was definitely in a Photographers paradise.

We took a private tour from Delhi to Agra, to see the famous Taj Mahal. Our tour guide picked us up in his van and another tourist joined us. I had the honor of sitting at the front with the driver! Best seat for hearing the classic Bollywood songs blasting from the sound system as we weaved our way through the roadways.

We finally arrived at the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world.

After visiting Delhi, we headed up north to Shimla. This place was just, captivating. Imagine a quaint city in the mountains. You’ll have to see my next blog for that story!

Stay tuned for the next part of the adventure!

-Jasmin

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