India – Colors and Light

Let me just start by saying that a 9-day trip to New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur isn’t for everyone.  But I think everyone who is remotely interested in traveling would find the experience of India to be totally worth it.

In every sense of the word, India overwhelms.

The sights, sounds and smells are just a lot to take in. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes not-so-good, especially the smells.  It is nothing short of a sensory overload. The sights for example, covers the entire spectrum of visual stimuli from gritty to breathtaking.  You’ve seen the Taj Mahal in postcards, photographs and travel shows but there’s nothing quite like standing there too see how the rays of the setting sun changes the color of the white marble and red sandstone every minute.  But as soon as you take that in, you walk out and you’ll see the sidewalks lined with the homeless poor sleeping in blankets.

India is a country that has gone through centuries of rich and vibrant history, from years of war and conflict to peace and prosperity. The ancient architecture is simply spectacular.  Whether they are constructed from the extravagance of a maharajah or raised in remembrance of hero, every tomb, fort and palace tells a different story in her historic past.  This is what I find the most memorable about the trip.

I quote Keith Bellows, Editor-in-chief of National Geographic Society:

There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.