Photostory: Faces of India

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The Beautifully Dirty Ganges

India never let me down, wherever I turned, everyday I spent there– I witnessed the most shocking sites, and Varanasi certainly didn’t let me down. Thanks to the The Ganges. The holiest, dirtiest, most-used river in the world. A whole lot of titles to claim for one very brown river! The walk along the riverside ghats or the short canoe ride past the ghats is unreal. At one ghat women and men are busy beating their clothes clean, piles... Read More

ONLY in India…!

India is a country that stands out all on its own. It felt more like visiting Mars to me than a place on planet Earth. It’s colorful. The people have huge personalities. The lack of hygiene. Anything goes. We would stop, stare, jaw-dropped open, gawk, point, and never believe our eyes or the sites, sounds, and smells around us. When I say anything goes, I mean ANYTHING. We were the ONLY wide-eyed, bewildered looking fools around. To the rest... Read More

Ajanta Caves: Ancient Artistry

  They will crumble your concept of time… if only for a brief respite from India’s current craziness! The artistry & craftsmanship on show at Ajanta is unbelievable, especially considering the time period they were created in. The caves date back to the 2nd century BC, with construction continuing until around the 7th century AD. In all, there are 27 caves, similar in some respects, contrasting in others, but each & every... Read More

Photo Friday: Sapphire Smiles

  Cute kids in Varanasi with a brush of blue   Children in India LOVE having their photo taken… & we loved taking their photo! In Varanasi we came across a group of kids in the street who were all rather excited we had a camera.With the small streets & vibrant colors of Varanasi as a backdrop we enjoyed their photoshoot as much as they did.    Read More

CouchSurfing with Jungle Johnnie!

  At the elephant camp, with the Ultimate Host!   Backpacking in India is hard. There’s nothing easy about it. The travel is intense with hours and hours spent sweating in old cars bumping down flooded streets, or sitting in cramped trains with families of 15 sharing your seat with you. After weeks of living on ‘edge’, always on guard, fighting to keep my rupees in my pocket and not in the hands of greedy men– it... Read More

Photo Friday: Heavenly Hampi

  Clouds roll by the fallen Hindu capital of Hampi   Hampi… an elegant ancient Hindu capital of Southern India, rich in culture dating back to the 1300’s. We spent the day cruising around on push bikes, exploring the city’s ruins, biking past banana farms, old Hindu temples, picturesque palaces & the gigantic boulders that dominate the natural scenery. There was a laid-back vibe to this once booming city & the... Read More

South India’s Best Beaches

  The North of India is notoriously crazy, polluted, and overall, makes for an intense experience. The South of India welcomes backpackers to sunny beaches, alcohol sales after weeks of sobriety, and a general calming feeling that the North is missing out on. We skipped around the coast line hitting beaches in GOA, Kerala, Pondicherry, and even Mumbai. The beaches were great… even if they don’t compare to Thailand’s crystal... Read More

Taj Mahal: Facts and Photos

  The Facts:… The Taj Mahal was built for & named after Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of the Mughal emperor Shahjahan. She died during the birth of their 14th (yes FOURTEENTH) child!… a prime example of why India’s population is growing so rapidly!! The seventh wonder of the world was built in her memory by the mourning Shahjahan. The building is actually a tomb, with the happy couple buried beneath it & fake tombs... Read More

Photo Friday: Vibrant Indian Jewels in Varanasi

  Colorful jewelry on the banks of Ganges   Indian markets are a kaleidoscopic flash of colors ranging right through the rainbow. In Varanasi local jewellers line the banks of the Ganges to sell their bright beads & jazzy gems. With the bustle of boats & pilgrims in the holy waters behind there’s a vibrant scene at Varanasi.    Read More

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