I visited the great and vibrant country of India in May 2012 for ten days. My mom and I tagged along my dad’s work trip and it was an amazing experience for my first time abroad. On our first day we went shopping and in the evening we watched a show called “Zangoora: The Biggest Bollywood Musical Ever” at the Kingdom of Dreams. ‘Twas quite the production with all the colourful costumes and sets and I enjoyed it thoroughly despite not understanding a single word (lol). For our second day, we toured New Delhi and visited the Qutub Minar (constructed in 1192), the Lotus Temple, and Humayun’s Tomb. And our third day was spent mooching about the Dilli Haat and Sarojini Nagar markets browsing textiles, knick knacks, and getting beautiful mehandi (henna) done on my hand.
After staying in Gurgaon and Delhi, we went on a dizzying road trip up mountain roads to visit Nainital, which is a resort town in the region of Uttarakhand. The former British hill station resembled Baguio to me although it surrounded a large lake in the center. It was much cooler than the cities since we were in the foothills of the Himalayas. While there, we visited a bustling bazaar and got blessed at some really old Hindu temples (like 8th century old!). I found it so interesting to experience a different religion being alongside the devotees offering bells and notes of prayers. It was as if all of these people’s sorrows, joys, wants and feelings of gratitude from past and present come together awaiting action to be done upon them from their gods and goddesses.
We rounded up our visit with a night’s stay at the super fancy The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi. Our trip was short, sweet, and incredibly memorable. India was dusty and colourful and although I didn’t have the opportunity to see the most popular sights, it was a whole lot of fun. I guess that just means I definitely have a reason to come back. 🙂