Wednesday, 26 October 2016

India ~a magical Journey

Spices and flavours are the two  things that are most important to me when I cook. I love the balance of sweet with sour, spicy with tangy and delicate fragrance of cardamom and saffron. Having Indian roots of course I grew up with spices, the aromas that filled our kitchen and from my mum's spice box was something I will never forget.


Originally from East Africa I grew up in the UK and I had always dreamt that one day I would go to India, the country that is the king of spice. India is a city of diverse cultures and you will be greeted with a rainbow of colours, flavours, sights and sounds. A country that is so full of tradition and culture that it will leave you mesmerised.

Years went by and the trip never happened for one reason or another. This didn't stop me planning my itinerary and dreaming of visiting the Golden temple in Amritsar, the Red fort in Delhi, Jaipur the pink city, the romantic and beautiful Taj mahal. I dreamt of visiting the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, and the beautiful Lake Palace at Udaipur.



I wanted to bathe in the Ganges, a must for any hindu once in their lifetime. I wanted to hear the cars honking and take a ride in rickshaw. I wanted to enjoy the sounds of  Ganges flowing from the mountain tops in Rishikesh.


I dreamt of tasting Indian Street food such as spicy chilli fritters and pav bhaji. Of course not forgetting vada pavs and the tangy hot and spicy pani puris, bhel puris and masala tea all served by street vendors.I wanted to taste the hot aloo parathas oozing with desi ghee(clarified butter) in the dabbas of punjab and savour the beautiful gujarati thali, a variety of gujarati cuisine served in little brass dishes .


How I longed to taste the sweet coconut water, savour the taste of sugar cane juice and enjoy refreshing squeezed tangerine juice all freshly squeezed on the spot by street vendors.




India, a country that has extreme poverty and slums but on the other hand there are rich  maharajas who live in palaces. You can hear the blaring sounds of the Bollywood  movie songs to the serene chants of the temple bells in the morning and evening. How I wanted to explore all this and much more. I dreamt and dreamt and my longing to visit India grew more and more each day.








I really wanted my dream to come true and like they say if you dream hard and you dream long you CAN make your dream come true and it certainly did....
Bags packed, jabs sorted, visas stamped and  flights finally booked, I left behind my two daughters and hubby  to go and live my dream for 4 weeks.(Ok not totally alone but with my sister)

I visited all the places I had dreamed of and many more over a four week period. I enjoyed the peace and serenity of the Golden Temple in Punjab, enjoyed  a camel ride on the sands of Jaisalmer, savoured the amazing sight of the Taj Mahal and visited Jaipur the beautiful Pink city.


I took a hair raising ride up the mountains to see the Ganges flowing at Rishikesh and I was fortunate to attend the Evening prayers to the Mother Ganges at Haridwar.
I also took a holy dip in the ice cold freezing waters of the Ganges a must for any Hindu to wash away ones sins.  I was crazy but this was a lifetime opportunity how can I go to Haridwar and not take the Dip!!! (Proof in the picture below)




I visited the slums to the palaces and saw the diversity of India. I visited mosques, temples and gurudwaras and prayed to all the incarnations of god. I ate to my content street foods I had dreamt of and enjoyed the sights and sounds of India to the fullest.






And finally I shopped till I dropped, I bought aromatic pungent spices, photography props, beautiful ornate sarees and kurtas and bangles all the colours of the rainbow till my suitcase was bursting at the seams. I wanted to bring back India with me and that I certainly did in my memories.


What a beautiful place my homeland is, this is where my roots are, how I wish I can return to savour and revisit this magical country once again.
Like I said "Dreams do come true" you just have to work hard at them.... so I shall start weaving my dream once more so that I can revisit this magical country once again.

This post is an entry in to the Trips100/Family Adventure Company blogger challenge.


40 comments:

  1. What a magical experience this is. It must have been SO nice to finally visit the place you feel so at home. You captured some great moments!

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  2. India is really beautiful.. Looking forward to going back and living there after having spent so many years abroad.. I have visited all these places. Rajasthan is my favourite .. what an amazing culture it has. Love the palaces most of which have been converted into hotels. Home sweet home . Coming soon !

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  3. The culture that lies in the heart of India is truly magical and everyone knows that I love a good curry.

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  4. It's so great that you were finally able to take the trip of your dreams! Looks like a really lovely country to visit.

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  5. Wow, I'm not sure I could visit India - but this post is great!

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  6. Stunning photos! I am feeling hungry just looking at them. I better go and make myself something to eat. Thanks for sharing

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  7. Wow, I'm so glad you got to India and I loved reading your descriptive post. I have been to Goa and found it stimulating to all senses. India is certainly an experience to be had!

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  8. India seems like an absolutely amazing place to visit - the architecture of some of there buildings are beautiful. x

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  9. India Looks really beautiful, would love to go one day myself

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  10. What a beautiful and passionate post, written from your heart Nayna. I am glad that you got to go on your trip, and to live the dream!

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  11. India sounds like such an amazing place to visit - so many sights, smells and sounds and so different from the UK. x

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  12. I have heard a lot about India, would love to visit some day.

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  13. I think it was such an amazing journey -going to India. It's a beautiful post and I loved reading it.

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  14. wow it sounds like this was a trip of a lifetime I'm so glad you managed to fulfil your dream!

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  15. Wow what a lovely story. I have only been to Goa, its very beautiful in places and terribly sad in others. The people and food is fabulous, actually some of the food I have eaten in the Goa was the best I have ever eaten in my life and so cheap. So many pretty places to visit. Not any historical temples thou.
    I am so pleased to you've managed to do this, your photos scream so much pleasure and happiness. So much colour of a beautiful culture, all lite-up, fresh and a live xx
    Good luck x

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  16. I got invited to go to India with my friend but we still have not gone yet. The cultural heritage is rich and so different from our own.

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  17. I would love to visit India one day. The photos look amazing and the culture something I would love to experience x

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  18. Oh wow! India looks like such an amazing place to visit. I really hope to be able to travel there one day xxx

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  19. Sounds incredible! Somewhere I've never been but would love to x

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  20. What beautiful pictures - you really bring it to life x x

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  21. I would love to visit India, i would be completely out of my comfort zone but it looks so beautiful x

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  22. Wow, what an amazing place and a fantastic trip for you. Never give up on your dreams! Kaz x

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  23. India is such a rich and vibrant place, I would love to go and visit. You have got lots of great photos too

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  24. One thing that always grabs with India is all the bright and vibrant colours, the food, the drinks, the clothing, it is just amazing x

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  25. I would love to visit India one day! x

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  26. Wow! i always wanted to visit India and the array of food is unbelievable plus the colours of their clothing makes you happy. :)

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  27. What an amazing experience. I have only really seen india from inside a cab, as I went there to work and it was all hotel, sleep, work, sleep and eat! I so want to go back and really experience what there is to see

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  28. I hope you will get the chance to go back. It is a magical place!

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  29. Ohh yes, I'd definitiely want to visit, my husband went a few years back to Mumbai and whilst he loved it, it was heart wrenching to see such contrasts in how people live.

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  30. I have always, always, always wanted to travel to India <3
    Your photos look amazing - Maybe when Hayden is older we can take a trip.
    Thanks for sharing
    Charlotte x

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  31. I went to Sri Lanka as a child and remember it being a busy and vibrant place. Good luck with your entry

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  32. Fantastic photos & very interesting blog. Would love to visit India AND It has my favourite type of food :)

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  33. India looks amazing (So does the food) I really hope I can go some day :)

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  34. One for the bucket list for sure

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  35. I looks amazing, the architecture, the colours, the food, the people. I would love to visit.

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  36. Amazing photos!
    I would like to visit india soon.
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  37. Wow! It sounds like you had an amazing holiday and I love the photos too!

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  38. It looks such an incredible and diverse place, definitely one on my bucket list.

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