Feeling Gutsy About India

I absolutely love immersing myself in different cultures. I realized this when I went to Egypt and completely fell in love with everything that it had to offer because it was so different. The history, food, people and all the captivating sites! Ever since my trip to Egypt, I wasn’t quite sure where my next culture-shock adventure would be.

I’ve always been fascinated by India but I’ve heard horrible stories about how females have been and could be treated. I’ve been doing a lot of research and reading on articles of women who travelled solo to India and it’s not too bad.. I found this blog post to be very helpful.

http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/women-safety-in-india/

Just like in any city across the world (including mine!), you must always use your common sense, be cautious, plan thoroughly and do your research!!

Also, I’ve been more interested in India because I am currently studying the emergence of colonialism and nationalism in South Asia, specifically the history of the Indian sub-continent from 1757 to the present. I’m enjoying the class and so visiting India will definitely put into perspective, what I’ve been learning. Plus, my professor has shown the class some pretty awesome photos of places across India.

Another reason came from a volunteer I helped with, who suggested that I continue to travel to developing countries, in order to get that culture shock that I enjoy. She also mentioned that if I went to a country that was so culturally different, I would always have a good experience. This is true about me.

Now… I might not have the full guts to do India on my own but I would totally book a tour package and flight on my own!

I’ve had a fantastic experience through GAdventures so I will most likely book through them if I ever get the opportunity 🙂 I would most likely go for the Golden Triangle Indian Tour which is 8 days and the trip covers Delhi, Agra, Bharatpur and Jaipur!

Here are some pictures of what you can see on the tour! 🙂

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Jama Masjid

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Agra Fort

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Orange vendor in Old Delhi *Photo from Jodi Ettenberg

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Old city gates in Jaipur *Photo from Jodi Ettenberg

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Jodhpur, India “The Blue City” – This city isn’t a part of the Golden Triangle Tour but I would love to see this view!
Our First Thali Lunch
“Thalis are like many little meals in one, a little buffet on a banana leaf or metal tray. The idea: salty, sweet, sour and bitter merge in the mouth in one sitting.

A large pile of rice forms the base and smaller piles or tin cups of curries, chutneys, and Indian pickle are placed all around. Top it off with a chapati flat bread or papadum (fried bread) and you are all set.” Post/Photo from Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott

I love Indian food here in Toronto. I wonder how much I will enjoy authentic Indian food 🙂

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The infamous Taj Mahal!

India is definitely on top of my bucket list now! 🙂

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