India (Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra, New Delhi)

March 2-10, 2016 | Related blog post here.


Mumbai | Photo by Joan Narciso for Kaleidoscope Wonders
Rainy afternoon at Powai Plaza
Mumbai streets | Photo by Joan Narciso for Kaleidoscope Wonders
Driving around Mumbai. The city was a lot like Manila. From old structures (better preserved than ours, I admit) to an abundance of cars and motorcycles, public transportation, nice hotels and office buildings, slum areas, churches, universities, street vendors, and bodies of water highlighting sunsets, I always found myself saying, ‘oh, just like at home!’
Mumbai Central Station
Mumbai Central
Bandra Worli-Sea Link | Photo by Joan Narciso for Kaleidoscope Wonders
One of the longest bridges in India, Bandra Worli-Sea Link beats a lot of Mumbai traffic & boasts of scenic sunrise & sunset views.
Jaipur Sunset | Photo taken by Joan Narciso for Kaleidoscope Wonders
Sunset in Jaipur was fiery, and it made me say that the sun is indeed a ball of fire.
Chokhi Dhani | Photo taken by Joan Narciso for Kaleidoscope Wonders
Chokhi Dhani
Amber Palace | Photo by Joan Narciso for Kaleidoscope Wonders
To see the world is to live a thousand times over.
Amer Fort | Photo by Joan Narciso for Kaleidoscope Wonders
Amer Fort, such a postcard perfect palace.
Amber Palace | Photo by Joan Narciso for Kaleidoscope Wonders
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but, by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. — Maya Angelou
Amber Palace
Amber Palace, details
chokhi dhani
“Not everyone can feel things as deeply as you. Most people, their feelings are… bland, tasteless. They’ll never understand what it’s like to read a poem and feel almost like they’re flying, or to see a bleeding fish and feel grief that shatters their heart. It’s not a weakness, Grey. It’s what I love about you most.” —Juliann Garey, Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See
Jaigarh Fort | Jaipur, India
Pink city.
Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort
It is fascinating how our eyes are able to see beauty in everything when traveling. How great would it be if we also see as when we are home.
Jaigarh Fort
It was a dry season when we visited Jaipur, India. But we did not mind the heat. If anything, the sun felt closer than ever, and its rays made the hills play contrast with the sky; the historic forts and mountains, inviting to curious minds; and the patterns, conveniently easy to spot.
Taj Mahal | Agra, India
Despite the crowd, heat, and very insistent photographers, beholding this view is still one of the most breathtaking moments of my life. I’m sure age could blur a lot from my memory but this one is stuck right where my brain connects to the heart.
Taj Mahal | Agra, India
THE Taj Mahal from the left side, where guided tours enter.
Taj Mahal garden
I grew up admiring this view thru paintings submitted by mama’s students in Hekasi (History class in Filipino) for many years. To see this garden, standing just outside the Taj Mahal, is definitely dreamlike.
Humayun's Tomb
The first trip away from home will always be a mix of good and bad memories, but it will always stick with us. No matter the mixture of this India visit, I would always be glad to have seen a few pieces of a country we share almost the same plight with, and beautiful on as many accounts, too.
New Delhi
Lotus Temple | New Delhi, India
Mehrauli Complex
Felt like a scene in the Bible-based movies I grew up watching.
Mehrauli Park
Park envy because locals get to enter this complex for free.

Mehrauli Park

Mehrauli Park
Mehrauli Park, details
Mehrauli Park
Still a wonder how ancient peoples built architecture wonders to last generations.
Qutb Minar
Qutb Minar
New Delhi
Experiencing a new place for the first time is like sprinkling some magic dust on the way we see people, architecture, nature. We always almost have the same surroundings and yet the newness makes everything twice as enchanting as those back home.

 

 

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