Why India?

We just booked our flights for another trip to India in February. Often I’m asked, “after so many trips there, why do you keep returning”? For me there are so many answers to that question. Maybe some of these images will help explain.



I love the markets, so full of sights, sounds, smells and frenetic activity. The diversity of people and cultures that come together is so enriching. A far cry from the “Mall” experience here.



The quiet reverence to be found at the Temples. Such a difference from the bustle of the streets and markets. The image above was taken at the Golden Temple compound in Amritsar. What the picture is unable to convey is the constant melodic chanting coming from the loudspeakers.



Of course the people. Particularly the rickshaw wallas, merchants and guesthouse operators. They show such generosity of spirit and respect that it inspires me to try to bring some of that home.



We really enjoy travelling by train. One great benefits of English rule was the railroads. The stations are so chaotic with travellers from all across the country mixed with beggars and cows and people sleeping on the floor. For a people watcher like me, it’s heaven.




When we need some quiet time it’s off to a rural area for some village life. Often these are roads less taken by tourists. Such a nice contrast to the cities. Pretty much everywhere but particularly in the countryside there is such an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and of course delicious curry dishes to be had everywhere.



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