Namaste (Greetings) everyone!
This quote says it best-
“Can there be anywhere else in the world that is such an assault on the senses? Those who know the country of old just go about their business. But nothing can prepare the uninitiated for this riot of noise and color. For the heat, the motion; the perpetual teeming crowds.”
I was so amused with the colors and sounds of India. Every night I would dream of honking horns and people passing us at crazy speeds. Images of animals, people and childen raced through my mind.
It was battle of the senses every minute of the day there. These photos represent a day in Jaipur, India where we explored impressive architectural styles of sprawling palatial complexes and watched impressive people.
I was mystified by the colors and the lifestyles of the natives.
We felt holed up in our hotel on several occassions as our attempts to go out with out our driver turned into a rush of tuk-tuk drivers and beggers attempting to get our business. You are attacked by the locals on every level who want your business and your money. India can be over stimulating.
Your heart breaks when you can’t feed a child who is begging and is trained to beg by parents who watch near by. And when you do help a few….you are overrun by 50 children that come out of the background who want the same.
The roads are atrocious, the trash is piled high, the place is full of poverty everywhere you turn, santation and basic hygiene is non-existent in many areas, except at the Taj Mahal where it is beautiful everywhere you turn. I will dedicate a post just to that later.
The food was hard, I won’t lie. It is hot, spicy and generally disagreeable to your stomach. The term Delhi belly is not an exageration. I lost 4 pounds there as I was working on one meal a day at best.
But yet, it pulls you in and you love it for the same reasons. Maybe because it isn’t like anywhere else in the world.
It is exotic, foreign and so vibrant and vivacious that you look past all of the social issues and see it for what it is.
The architecture is breathtaking and the designs are different than anywhere else in the world.
You have so many questions and leave with a dozen more. Why? Why people are who they are? Why they do the things they do, eat what they eat, tolerate what they tolerate? Yet everywhere in the world there are happy people…..and sad people….. People longing to know God and disassociate with God.
People are scrambling to make a living, feed their children and stay alive. India is powerful! A powerful example of who we are and who we can become. It reminds you that life can change in a single second and fate is in our future.
We celebrated Hillary’s 19th birthday in Jaipur, India and road elephants up to the infamous Amber fort and marveled at the architectural masterpieces of Hawa Mahal and the City Palace.
We stumbled around the market places and charmed snakes, we walked streets and wondered.
We visited Jantar Mantar, an impressive UNESCO World Heritage-listed architectural-astronomical observatory.
And one of the most entertaining parts of the day was watching the traffic which was unbelievable.
Everyone must visit India at least one time in their life. It is undeniably one experience everyone must have.
More to come on this fascinating place!