Sorry that the blog has gone quiet for a few days … I’ve been visiting India for a few days and had such a great time. I attended a photography workshop with 10 participants and we visited Delhi, Jaipur and Pushkar in just six days.
It was a short but very exciting trip. It was my first trip to India and initially I was worried that I’d get sick (I’m always one of the first to get an upset stomach), lost or harassed during my exploratory walks through the cities or that I’d be too overwhelmed by the poverty and bad smells.
But it turned out that everyone was really friendly and helpful, the vegetarian dishes were very yummy and I was careful enough to avoid any stomach issues. The people everywhere were so heart-warming and keen to share their stories or just asked for their picture to be taken – it was amazing how many different characters I’ve met during the trip.
Of course, not all is sunshine and red roses: There is still a lot of poverty that needs to be overcome. Most of the rubbish just lies on the street (but I was surprised to see many street cleaners), traffic is horrendous and the inequality between rich and poor is huge. Also the smell can change quickly from freshly baked bread to a pungent, sulphuric pee smell. So yes, not all is great – and that is true for many countries in the world, not just India.
But India has some amazing sights, great colours, lovely people – and I really enjoyed this trip. We landed in New Delhi Airport and spent one day exploring the old quarter and Humayun’s Tomb, before taking the 4 hour train to Jaipur. There we explored the old city, Palace of the Winds, Amber Fort and an Elephant village, while glancing over to the Water Palace.
From Jaipur it was another 2 hours on the train to Pushkar, to visit the Pushkar Lake which is considered sacred and see the preparations for the Pushkar camel fair. We went back to Delhi for the final day, to visit the Jama Masjid Mosque, and walk around the old city again, before leaving for Hong Kong again.
Follow me over the next days as I’ll tell you more about the trip.