Travel in India is a guaranteed memorable adventure. There is no other place like India and long after you leave it will remain with you, through vivid memories in dazzling colours.
India’s special essence is made up of a combination of its people, buildings, temples, streets, beaches, criss-crossing railway tracks and dust – it all comes together to create something special that no camera can truly capture.
Despite that, here are some photographs from India that are sure to invoke your wanderlust.
Northern India’s city of Agra is home to the infamous Taj Mahal, India’s most recognisable landmark, and a sight not to be missed. But Agra isn’t just about the Taj Mahal, the city also houses the Red Fort, extremely friendly people and the stunning, and very under-rated, Baby Taj.
The Baby Taj in Agra is beautiful. Far quieter and tranquil than its bigger sister, it’s definitely worth a visit on your trip to Agra
COLOURS OF INDIA
When you think of India, one of the first things that come to mind are the colours, as well as the chaos. It may be a cliche at this stage, but there’s no denying that the colours of India have a way of lingering long after you leave. Rich, contrasting colours are everywhere you look, from the canary yellow of a sari to the deep red of a prawn masala.
INDIA IS A TROPICAL PARADISE
One of the most wonderful things about India is the variety of landscapes the country has to offer. From cooler, tea-producing mountain regions to the Thar desert, India has something for everyone’s taste.
While Goa may have a reputation for both wild parties and a chilled hippie vibe, the western state is also home to lush, tropical greens, red beaches and swaying palm trees.
Visit Goa before monsoon season and you will be treated to a lazy, relaxing heaven where you can spend hours swinging in a hammock, taking long walks on quiet beaches and enjoying meandering moped rides around the red-dusty streets.
INDIA’S ROYAL ENFIELD’S
I’m no motorbike enthusiast, but there’s something about the sound of a Royal Enfield’s engine purr that really epitomises India. Any reader of Shantaram will recognise the bike as character Lin’s preferred mode of transport, which only adds to the bike’s appeal.
The food in India is amazing in the truest sense of the word. Spices that make your nose run and linger on your skin long after the heat has left your mouth, and pillowy nan breads bearing the charred scar of clay ovens are so tasty, I’d happily eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Colour-popping thalis displayed on a silver tray like an artist’s easel, and steaming beige chai in silver-rimmed glasses haunt my dreams. Deep-fried samosas eaten by the side of the road are parcels of heaven, not to mention the feeling of gulping down a fresh creamy lassi on an oven-hot day. India’s food could be the hardest thing to leave behind at the end of a trip!
INDIA’S SPIRITUAL AND SPECIAL VARANASI
Floating in a rowboat in the Ganges as the sun begins to set is an unforgettable experience. Taking in the life on the ghats, the ceremonies, the washing, the playing, the cleaning – all life is in Varanasi. All life and all death. Cremations and floating corpses are to be expected, along with little paper flowers encasing candles bobbing in the brown liquid.
My memories of India are bathed in reddish-orange glow. Indian sunsets are burned into my memory, a perfect fiery globe descending in a hazy and cloud-free sky.
India’s large population means daily life takes place on the streets, which hum and reverberate with the sound of people all day and night. Everywhere you look, you’ll find people talking, working, selling, playing, laughing and sitting still, taking it all in.