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My Incredible India…

Hi My Loves,

It has definitely been a long time!!

In September, I travelled to my Parents home country and wanted to share some of my highlights with you all. India has always been close to my heart. I visit my family in Gujarat from time to time and the best part about India is the culture, the food and the people!|

Everyone is always so kind and this is one of the main reasons I always want to go back (the media only covers the worst on the news; trust me when I say I didn’t have one bad experience in India with another human being), I really do enjoy it there.

So, anyway, my friends and I decided to pack our bags for 14 days and jet off. We visited 8 places in India, which are listed below along with photos that best describe my trip… So I hope you enjoy it!

All the images below are mine, which were taken on my iPhone f25cf5a694d84bc28000c509a903633f

Amritsar:

The ultimate Golden Temple (I personally think it was better than the Taj Mahal)

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Delhi:

Unfortunately we didn’t get to do a lot in Delhi except for go for dinner in a local restaurant, however I have heard there are a few main attractions in Delhi that are a must visit (which I will do the next time I visit). Some of these attractions are Red Fort, Akshardham Swaminarayan Temple, the lotus Temple, the famous Chandni Chawk market and so many more…

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Agra:

The excitement when you finally find a pool in India…
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The Baby Taj

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The Taj Mahal

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I was so upset by the fact that they were doing maintenance works at the Taj Mahal meaning one of the pillars had scaffolding on it, which i’m pretty sure spoilt everyones pictures, but it is what it is.

The Agra Fort – The Palace of Jodha Bai (Mariam-iz-Zamani) built by Akbar the Great… For all the people who have watched the Bollywood film Jodhaa Akbar, this is where some of it was filmed!
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Agra Sunset

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The most stunning sunset I have seen in India.

 

Jaipur:

This city is called the ‘Pink City.’ It is so vibrant and this city was the most traditional indian cultural city I visited on this trip. The designs, the colours, the traditional wear as well as the traditional people was an amazing experience. The spice markets in Jaipur were remarkable, from turmeric to fresh chillies to sandalwood…

Traditional and cultural interior of our Jaipur Hotel

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Hawa Mahal – ‘Palace of the Winds,’ could that coach not have parked somewhere else!? seriously…
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The stunning Jaipur City Palace

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The most grand cinema I have seen in the world so far – Raj Mandir Cinema; just look at the interior!!
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Jaipur’s streets summed in two images
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Udaipur:

Udaipur without doubt had the best shops! Me and my friends used our special bargaining skills to try to buy everything we could from here.

The Udaipur City Palace
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The detail on this temple though!! The talent hidden in India is incredible…
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Udaipur has a gorgeous lake that had a Palace in the middle of it, which could be seen from any angle of the City.

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The streets of Udaipur

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img_3110 img_3129My friends and I were really lucky to have seen the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in India. This is a festival to celebrate the Hindu God Lord Ganesha. On the final day of the several day festival, Lord Ganesha’s idol is immersed in a lake. We got to see this festival throughout our trip in India and ended it in Udaipur. We danced with the locals and threw coloured powder on each other (just like the Hindu Festival of colours called Holi)
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Bundi:

Can you believe I went to the Bundi Fort! This is the same palace that inspired the author of the Jungle Book. I felt truly blessed to have visited this Fort, as it was exceptionally beautiful. Yes, it was not well maintained but everything in the Fort and all the surrounded it, seems so natural. I fell in love with it…
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Mumbai:

Mumbai is the 2nd busiest City in India, first being Delhi. It is the home of Bollywood and thereby a main attraction to the thousands who visit Mumbai everyday from all over the world.

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Chowpatty Beach:

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Gandhi’s Mumbai home and Museum
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Rajabai Clock Tower (Big Ben inspired) near Mumbai’s High Court
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Gateway of India

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Taj Mahal Hotel (plus the interior) – this hotel is a must see, and I encourage you to go to the Sea Lounge Restaurant and take in a breathtaking view of the Gateway of India, whilst sipping on some masala chai.

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Dhobi Ghat – where thousands of people come and hand wash their clothes. A lot of businesses use this service in Mumbai to wash their belongings, for example, hospital bed sheets.

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Shantaram Shanty Town – this shanty town goes on for acres and acres, and people who live here are genuinely happy and very content with their lives. There is a book about it called Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, which is a must read!!
img_3307Note: if you visit Mumbai, do pay a visit to the very famous Leopold Cafe located on Colaba, minutes away from the Gateway of India and Taj Hotel. It is a popular destination for foreign tourists. The Cafe was founded in 1871 by Iranians and from that day since to now, it is still booming! Try their rich red velvet cake, you will not be disappointed.

 

Goa:

Calangute Beach (visit Baga and Anjuna beaches too)

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My favourite south Indian dish – Masala Dosa full_size

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Do visit Tito’s Bar, Cafe Mambos and Club Cubana…

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I would like to give a huge shout out to STA Travel for organising such an amazing trip, Hotel City Park for being so trustworthy and lastly my team, especially AK for helping me select the best images for you all!

I really hope you enjoyed seeing India through my images, and do email me your thoughts. If you wish to go India, I would recommend talking to STA Travel as they are very knowledgable and helpful. Please stay tuned on my site because I have a few more travel blogs coming!

Don’t be shy to share your travel experiences with me, whether it’s India or another place in the world, I would love to hear about it!

Ciao for now…

Love Bhav x