Below is a collection of miscellaneous pictures from our trip to India last April. I’ve written many separate blog postings of specific areas we traveled to which you can find here:
India Adventure Preview
Delhi – the start of our India Adventure
Agra to Jaipur
Sandakphu Trek – Day 1
Sandakphu Trek – Day 2
Sandakphu Trek – Day 3
Sandakphu Trek – Day 4
Maikaibari Tea Estate
The pictures below I didn’t put into the above blogs so decided to include them here in a miscellaneous posting.
We flew on Emirates for our journey to India. Very nice airline with great food and drinks, all complimentary.
Much diversity on the streets of India. All modes of transportation together on the roads and streets and cows in the streets.
The food was great as well. Enjoyed trying many different dishes. We also enjoyed eating at many local restaurants. At the start of our trip, our driver that we hired would take us to “tourist restaurants”. We then told him we wanted to go to local places to really get a flavor of the area, local people, and local food. Most of these places were very modest and simple, but the food was excellent.
After each meal at most restaurants, we were brought an after-meal snack. We were either brought mukhwas, a digestive aid made primarily of fennel seeds, anise seeds, coconut, and sesame seeds. They are sweet in flavor and highly aromatic due to added sugar and the addition of various essential oils, including peppermint oil. The seeds are often also coated in sugar and brightly colored. The word mukhwas is an amalgamation of two distinctly different words, mukh meaning mouth and vas meaning smell. In other words, breath freshener.
Other times we were brought a bowl of plain fennel seeds and a bowl mishri (rock sugar).
I always enjoy observing the people when traveling abroad. I didn’t get to take as many pictures of the people as I would have liked to respect their privacy but I did sneak a few.
A couple of shots of roadside markets.
Another thing we noticed while in India is that almost all cars had little Buddha statues or shrines on the dashboard of the car. Buddha, the Buddhist Amulets, and flower garlands are there to protect the vehicle, its driver and its passengers from danger, to prevent a crash or accident. The Buddha protects against bad karma.
Our trip to India was an incredible experience. I always enjoy seeing different parts of the world and experiencing different cultures. I hope you have enjoyed my blogs about our journey!