Tag Archive for: India
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The sacred river Ganges is your go-to destination in Varanasi for just about everything involving water and spirituality. This giant watercourse emerges fresh and clean, high in the Himalaya mountains, before steadily accumulating all the waste and filth of northern India.
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From what we saw on our journeys around India, the men there are obsessed with their hair, and they didn’t waste an opportunity to comb and style it to perfection. It didn't seem that any self-respecting young man would leave their house without a comb.
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On our night time forays we would often see a wonderful, whilst at the same time thought-provoking and deeply saddening, symbiosis. In the dimly lit streets young homeless children would light a small fire made from scraps of wood and the copious amounts of litter strewn everywhere.
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To the Hindu, the cow symbolizes all other creatures. The cow is a symbol of the Earth, the nourisher, the ever-giving, undemanding provider. The cow represents life and the sustenance of life. The cow is so generous, taking nothing but water, grass and grain. It gives and gives and gives of its milk, as does the liberated soul give of his spiritual knowledge.
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The Indian town of Varanasi, or Benares, or Banaras – variously because the original name is written in Hindi and, like many words we noticed in India, the English spelling is based on a bit of good luck. One of the worlds oldest continuously inhabited cities, it is supposedly the most holy place for Hindu people.
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The one thing I can never convey through my photographs is the noise in India. It is relentless and invades your mind constantly. It never stops. It is there when you wake in the morning, and there when you try to get some well-earned rest at night. I even dreamt about the noise
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I had traveled to India once before in 2018, so this trip was to build upon what we had learned the first time. As we were revisiting we could hopefully avoid some of the inevitable pitfalls of a first visit to a very different country, making the trip more enjoyable. As the plane descended into the orange smog above New Delhi I felt confident. I'd been through all of this before. It would be chaotic, but I was ready.
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I am the kind of traveller who likes to be prepared. Prior to our arrival in India, Chennai to be more precise, I'd done a lot of research and felt organised. I knew what to expect, where to go and what we needed to do. However, as I quickly learned, this was India and I wasn't prepared for what was to come at all.