India attracts a large number of travelers every year. What is it about India that is attractive ? Is it the diversity, festivals, spirituality ? And why do some people find India repulsive? I have read posts titled ‘Why I love India’ to ‘Why you should never travel to India’. Maybe it is because of this mixed response, I got the idea to come up with my first collaboration with travelers who have visited India.
Welcome to the second part of the Indian Diaries. If you have not read the first part you can find it here.
Brianne Miers (A Travelling Life)
The Agony : While most of the people I met in India had good intenions, sometimes the attention I got for being an unusual looking foreigner got very overwhelming and even annoying. Groups would surround me and ask for photo after photo after photo, which often prevented me from spending as much time as I would have liked touring and taking photos of a temple or attraction. There were a few times that the crowd around me became so large and was pushing toward me so forcefully that I could barely move, and there were other times when people reacted negatively when I turned down their photo request.
#TBT to one of my favorite days in #India – visiting Pallikaranai Government Secondary High #School in #Chennai… I miss these faces so much! #Asia #adventure #travel #school #travelgram #travelpics #traveldeeper #instatravel #travelphotography #kids #fun #indiaclicks #indiapictures #incredibleindia #ourindia #outdoors #sunshine #instagood
The Ecstasy : I spent about two months traveling around the South of India, and with the exception of Goa, I really didn’t go to places that attract many tourists – especially foreigners like me who are tall, pale and blonde. I had a lot of fun interacting with locals of all ages who were very surprised to see me passing through their small town – they would usually ask me where I was from, what I liked about India, if they could take a photo of me, and if I could take a photo of them. I was also asked to hold a lot of babies! The majority of people I met were incredibly warm and welcoming, and made me feel so special. It was hard to return to the U.S., since I’m just “normal” here!
Brianne Miers is a Boston-based travel blogger who is working to see the world by balancing her career as a communications consultant with a life of travel.
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Rashmi & Chalukya (GoBeyondBounds)
The Agony : We believe the availability of clean toilets with hygiene conditions and clean drinking water all over India is crucial today. We have traveled through 18 countries in Europe with our kid starting when she was 6 months old. And we can say the trips went smooth and comfortable because almost every place we visited had a clean toilet and changing rooms for baby. Availability of Safe drinking water is yet another important factor which requires consideration. We know there have been several necessary steps taken in these directions by the government and we hope these are implemented at the earliest.
Once the capital of the Chalukya Dynasty Badami is famous for its magnificent rock cave temples carved from the massive rugged sandstone cliffs. #badamicaves #cavetemples #incredibleindia #sandstonestructure #daytrips #wanderlusting #instatravel #instagood #travellers #travelphotography #travelblogger #exploreeverything #citytour #sightseeings #colorsplash
The Ecstasy : India is rich with cultural heritage and diverse geographical locations. As much as we felt prided learning the intriguing history and culture of Rajasthan and Karnataka we enjoyed exploring the wonderful nature in Kerala and trekking and hiking through the verdant greens to celebrate Mumbai monsoons. India has a multitude of surreal locations which can challenge even the foreign locations we drool over. From snow-capped mountains and ever-changing landscapes of Jammu and Kashmir in North to abundance of verdurous nature in northeast and western ghats to several states with an immense wealth of art and architecture India has all to make it a travelers paradise.
Ladakh #indiapictures #storiesofindia #lonelyplanetindia #iamtb #traveldestination #travelphotography #welivetoexplore #india_gram #_soi #traveltodaytv #livetravelchannel #DiscoverVacations #wowplacestogo #wow_photographs #travelstroke #travellingthroughtheworld #awesomepix #ourplanetdaily #awesomeearth @tipsfortravels #streetphotographyindia #travelblogger
Rashmi & Chalukya are Mumbai based travel fanatics and storytellers. 20+ countries and counting….. Seeking inspiration for life through travel.
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Arnav Mathur (Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT)
The Agony : I did my first trek in May 2016 with Indiahikes, basically it was an organised trek and in a group.Having enjoyed the group experience I chose a small scale event management company for a trip to Kasol, as the package was more economical for me at the time.On reaching the start point, I was taken aback as I realized the company was run by 2 kids in their 3rd year of college.There was a constant state of agony for the whole duration as due to the mismanagement, there were N number of delays, lack of punctuality with the bus timing etc.Though the trek to Kheerganga was enjoyable as I had good company, but overall the mismanagement in almost every aspect made me super irritated during the whole trip. The lesson learnt was simple, ‘ Never go for the cheapest option.’
#ghatsofvaranasi #traveldiaries2016 . . #ETLRTravelDiaries2016 #EatTravelLiveRepeat #ETLR #addictedtotravel #traveltuesday #igs_asia #igs_world #benaras #kashi #wanderingsoul #wanderlust #instatravel #lonelyplanet #indiatravelgram #wraveler #banaras #instafollow #Follow #thursday #whyitravel #IncredibleIndia #instalike #varanasi #sunrise #reflection #boat
The Ecstasy : Even though the mental agony is too much at times, there is nothing more ecstatic than planning the next travel location and exploring it in your own way with/without family. The mental peace one gets surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains is such a welcome break from the chaotic city life and the feeling of ecstasy of breaking free is something which just can’t be explained in words. I did my first High Altitude trek to Chandrashila peak in May 2016,was the first one in my group to scale the summit with a time lead of 30 min. The joy of summiting before anyone else and having the area to myself for sometime was pure ecstasy. I just fell in love with the mountains and traveling ever since and have increased the frequency of my travels.
Our last campsite at #dalkhudi where we stayed for 2 nights during the #deoriatalchandrashilatrek The campsite is a stone throw away from the highway but there is hardly much traffic on the road which ensures the peacefulness of nature. A stream of water passes through the meadow and cows can be seen grazing. The best campsite to see human establishments with minimalistic effect on the environment and to enjoy the sunset. . . . #EatTravelLiveRepeat #ETLR #traveldiaries2016 #traveltuesday #MadeforMountains #himalayancanvas #wanderlust #nature #pahadi #cows #trees #travel #adventure #camping #trippyowl #justwravel #instalike #uttarakhand #instahimalayas #goodtimes
You can find his work here : http://eattravelliveandrepeat.blogspot.in/
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Arnav, is a civil engineer by profession and a hard core foodie and a travel aficionado at heart. Being an ARMY brat by birth, traveling and socializing is in his DNA. His belief is: “Go to a new place every month or two to explore, relax and live life to the fullest.”
(If anyone has similar Indian stories to share for this collab series, please send them right-away to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave your email IDs in the comments and I will get back to you.)