Okay, I’ve decided to divide my experience into several smaller posts, according to a category that I see fit! For any new readers, I went to India back in December last year for the wedding of my boyfriend’s older sister. I’ve been putting off blogging about it because I didn’t know quite how I was going to share my experience, while doing it justice. Everything I read about the country was true: it holds different experiences for different people, and some will end up extremely hating it or extremely loving it. Fortunately, I’ve loved my experience, despite the fact that we didn’t really go for the rugged adventurer type. We were quite comfortable actually, and well-guided thanks to the warm reception we received from the groom’s family.
India was loud, crazy, noisy, amazing, dirty, busy, beautiful, and simply alive. The theme for this post will simply be all the wonderful, vibrant colors that were captured during the trip.
In Mumbai, I got to experience shopping and haggling along the busy streets of Bandra. It was just a short walk from our hotel, and the little tents and stalls set up across the length of the street was so overwhelming! There were so many cheap and amazingly cute, exotic and lovely items that I was itching the whole time to keep from buying some more! The haggling was a bit stressful for me since I tend to be a push-over, so I was very thankful to have my boyfriend’s feisty and energetic aunt with us the whole time. She’s petite, but don’t let that fool you, she’s a mean-as haggler too!
Colaba Causeway was another spot we visited for the flea-market excitement. The prices were a bit higher though as it was a famous tourist spot, but that didn’t stop us from trying push the prices down! It was a fun experience!
We had one day dedicated to touring Mumbai city, and you can see every corner of the streets filled with people bustling about trying to make a living, or trying to successfully navigate through the lively chaos! I had to struggle to keep track of the group while taking photos of random things!
We also visited Agra and the Taj Mahal before heading back home, and as much as the Taj looked absolutely breathtaking from afar, seeing the decorations on its walls close up was equally magnificent. It took me a long time to ponder just how precise and delicate all the patterns and inscriptions were (I didn’t even know that the inscriptions were actually verses from the Quran). There is no question why it is one of the seven original wonders of the world!
And finally, while I plan to dedicate separate post, here are some shots from the wedding itself because really, that had to be the most colorful highlight of my trip!
Wacky shot of the bride, groom, and the bride’s maids!
Alright! Well, that’s it for my first post on India, and hopefully you’ve found it interesting enough to stay tuned for the following posts! Until next time! 🙂