India – a country of contrasts or a country of action?

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We knew about our journey to India for a really long time and still our plans changed every day until the day we left. Even the members of our traveling team changed – thankfully, for the better. Our newly-formed touristic company with its unique identifier – the blue tourist scarf, was ready to conquer India. Until the last moment we were looking for hotels, we were adding destinations to our Indian journey and we were arranging all kinds of details.

 

India - beginning of our journey in Bangalore

One of the few photos with our unique identifiers – the scarfs. The photos are a few, because we had to trade one of the scarfs for something more valuable in Fatehpur.

Apart from our planning and realizing the journey in India, the time was passing by fast and each of us arrived by their unique combination of flights and buses in Bengaluru. I was the lucky one who arrived last. I am saying lucky not because I spent less time in India, of course, but because I got welcomed like this:

India - beginning of our journey in Bangalore
India - beginning of our journey in Bangalore
India - beginning of our journey in Bangalore

 

Two Europeans, well-dressed as Indians, presented me with a colorful kurta and a wreath of flowers (obviously they wanted to point out something about my smell). However, dressing up and sleeping can make miracles. Sleeping reminds me of another contrast – on many days we woke up early in the morning, before the sun has risen, to get on our way to our next destination. At the same time we haven’t missed an opportunity to sleep for a little while. That is even when we are waiting for an airplane, we are riding in a taxi or we are 10000 meters above the ground. We have beaten our personal records for most flights in 8-9 days. This happened because the distances in India are huge. And even the not so great distances are traveled very “fast” by car… I wonder why.

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What are all these contrasts in India? Let’s say that with under a minute of walking you get from a nearly destroyed building with garbage all over it to a super luxurious mall. Or otherwise:

India - beginning of our journey in Bangalore
India - beginning of our journey in Bangalore

 

Our activities were not limited only to cooking. Or at least not only in eating.

India - beginning of our journey in Bangalore
India - beginning of our journey in Bangalore
India - beginning of our journey in Bangalore
India - beginning of our journey in Bangalore

 

We practiced some other activities that are typical for the area. They are connected with the uplift of the soul and complicated postures of the body.

 

India - beginning of our journey in Bangalore
India - beginning of our journey in Bangalore
India - beginning of our journey in Bangalore

 

And here’s the whole experience in blog posts: Bengaluru, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, Kerala.

 

 

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