Stunning India

Jane Gustilo

We travel initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel next, to find ourselves. We travel to learn, to discover, to experience, to escape not to escape life but for life not to escape us.

I have been to different Asian countries back then, but I can say that my trip in India is somewhat exceptional. As I get a chance to be there to witness a friend’s traditional Indian wedding ceremony, I’ve made up a decision of having a little jaunt.

What’s on your mind when you hear India?

Exotic foods, people wearing turbines and yards of clothes, slums, pollution, horrifying stories of harassment and violent rape cases. Just like any other country India has diversity of culture and tradition although we are in the modern days they managed to keep their ancient culture and beliefs on daily basis which is astonishing.

Unforgettable arrival

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The time I arrived at the airport of Mumbai, I stayed five more hours and wait for the next flight going to Jaipur, so I went to a coffee shop and wonder why this man(barista) not saying any word. I was shocked as he signed that he is a deaf and mute I have so many questions in my mind how is that possible, how he handles everything and so on, therefore not only in this shop but most establishments like restaurants, massage centers, even the hotel I stayed at has disabled people working like normal staffs, as their government implements The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act of 2016, which protect them from discrimination, ensures them to have equal employment opportunities and enhances their social life. Regardless of the race, physically or mentally challenged people don’t really know how they inspire everyone. Yes, they are not born normal, but they are extra ordinary.

City at its best

An isolated city is very common among any countries, numerous people, endless traffic jams, cacophony of sounds, sky towers and anything that you can imagine what a city looks like. Then again India has different version of it, as wildlife is literally in the city. You may be able to see uncommon animals roaming around like elephants, camels, donkeys, eagles, monkey, cows and so on. The street was so enlivened, I am so astound seeing how human and animals in that state of fondness. My dream going to African wildlife was almost fulfilled.

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Explore as much as you can

Striking 45 degrees or more…. would you like to flee and explore? Humidity is terrifying hence I have a strong urge to take a glimpse at the thousand years old royal palaces and their stunning architectural sites. This is once in a lifetime and I don’t want to miss out any chance.

I can’t believe what I am seeing those days of my trip, I am in their royal palaces where royal families used to lived, get to know more about their rich culture, history and tradition, tried wearing saree and mehendi, took a lot of photos with the locals and of course don’t missed any chance to try their dainty foods, 1 or 2 days is still not enough to explore one city, India is really HUGE !

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Amer Fort, Rajasthan

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So far, India was the most memorable travel experience for me, so unique and charming country. You will never know what adventures you find every day or else it finds you. Now my thoughts about India was totally changed.

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