India is undeniably a beautiful country.
Past the rubble, the copious amounts of litter and poverty, as a visitor, there is a contagious spirit found in the streets, homes, clothing, food and smiles of the Indians.
I would say this feeling is best represented by the women’s brightly coloured saris against the country’s constantly crowded and chattering backdrop.
This isn’t meant to be a “how to travel through India” type of post, this photo diary is meant to inspire exploration, unearth new ways of life and peak curiosity in a country usually overlooked or misrepresented. Delhi first.
Christmas Eve, December 24; 9:00AM – a full day of sightseeing
Some details that you may find helpful:
Method of travel in Delhi: driver & car, should cost around $60USD a day. They may bring you to shops or restaurants to get a commission so be very firm with where you want to go
Popular dishes we tried:
- aloo gobi (vegetarian dish, cauliflower, potatoes, Indian spices)
- palak paneer (pureed spinach and cottage cheese, non-spicy)
- chicken tikka masala (spicy curry chicken), malai kofta (cottage cheese dumping in gravy, non spicy)
- plain/garlic naan
- Most attractions open at 10:00am, entrance fee for foreigners is usually 500₹, bringing in a professional camera is an additional small fee
- The line to enter the Lotus Temple was almost 4 hours (we didn’t bother)
- Pay attention to the architecture, shadows and
- Delhi has the worst pollution in the world – this is not hyperbole – buy a mask if you plan to be out for a long time or take a Tuk Tuk
Photographer: Luca Durisotto