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BEAUTIFUL INDIA

In November I spent eight magical days in beautiful India.  The warm sunshine and light-infused colours of enamelled tiles, saris, flowers at golden hour and buildings painted in chalky pinks and oranges made everywhere a visual feast.

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I travelled around India’s ‘Golden Triangle’ taking in Delhi, Agra, the pink city of Jaipur and India’s most holy city Varanasi on the banks of the enormous River Ganges.  When people who’ve been to India describe it as indescribable I now know what they mean, as it’s unlike any culture I’ve ever experienced.  Its a bombardment of every sense and a photographer’s dream.  There is so much to photograph along every step of the street that it is an overwhelming feeling of wanting to capture so much and my 24 rolls of film was me being selective!

It was really wonderful wandering around meeting people who were largely happy to be photographed and the warm yet gentle light there was beautiful and great for photography.  I would say to anyone who is curious about visiting, but feeling a little nervous as I was, then go on an organised tour depending on the level of comfort and support you need.  I travelled to India with Exodus in a small group of 15 British and Americans and it felt great to be looked after so well by Bali our local guide who headed the tour and took away the headache of co-ordinating travel and accommodation – he even got us into a wedding with 600 guests!

It was a pretty intense schedule of a different hotel every night and two nights spent overnight on a sleeper train, but it was an excellent intro to this magical and amazing country and I’ll remember the excitement at seeing the white marble of the Taj Mahal illuminated in the misty sunrise forever.  I absolutely loved the trip and can’t wait to go back.

Tour Company: Exodus  |  Tour Leader: Balvinder Singh

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