india | qutub minar

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The Qutub Minar was our last monument we visited in Dehli.  By the time we reached this monument I was pooped.  It was late in the day and very hot/humid; so needless to say I was distracted when the tour guide was talking.  He honestly seemed over it, too.  This citadel, if I remember correctly is 28 flights of stairs to climb.  I'm probably wrong, but you can see how small the people are compared to the Qutub Minar in the picture above.  What did interest me was the intricate detailing everywhere.  I think their script is beautiful.

The architecture of this monument reminded me a bit of Ankor Wat in Cambodia.  I love a good colonnade

One thing to note about this trip: I didn't use any scary toilets.  That was a relief to me as scary bathrooms give me anxiety.  That's one reason why I always talk myself out of China.  I just can't do the squatty toilets with other people's stuff in it.

Something that was also interesting to me was the amount of Indian people at all our monuments.  I suppose I was surprised there weren't more tourists.  We later found it it was because of monsoon season.  I guess when it's peak season it's super crowded and flooded with foreigners.  We also noticed that of the tourists we did encounter, we rarely saw americans or people under the age of 50.  I thought for sure I'd see more backpackers.

After visiting the Qutub Minar, our tour group separated into our subgroup.  The other group went to eat some authentic India food while my friends and I went to a market to go shopping.  The market was alright, but by then I was exhausted, I just wanted to go back to the hotel.  I went to bed that night around 9pm.  I was super pooped!

india | through the city like a local

On our first touring day in New Delhi, we got to ride a rickshaw through the city.  These bicycle-drawn carriages seem like one of the more common modes of transportation in New Delhi.  My friend, Cherish, and I were squeezed in one.  As we went through the city we tried not to fall out while taking pictures of everything left and right.  I shot all these pictures with my 45 tilt-shift lens, which is manual focus, and had a pretty hard time focusing so good amount of the time I just soaked in the sights. Riding around New Delhi reminded me some parts of Dubai, the Dominican Republic and Peru.  New Delhi is definitely not as developed as I expected.  Most of the roads are somewhere in between a paved country road and a dirt road.  And many of the buildings I saw looked like they were ready to fall apart. At one point, my favorite part, we rode through a maze of alleys. Everything in its own way was beautiful and full of character. I should note that at some parts the pedestrians walked faster than we were riding.

The rickshaw was the best way to get a quick view of a large part of Delhi.

india | color

Three things about India stuck out to me: the people, their friendliness and color!

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Traveling around India was a whole new experience for me; it was an english-guided tour I bought through Living Social. (We bought three and got one free!) I've never done one of these before and there were both pros and cons to it. Although I travel on my own, I didn't feel confident figuring out India on my own, so this package was perfect for me. The tour company, Akron, picked us up and drove us around as well as planned our entire trip including our airfare. The bad thing was we spent a lot of time in a car disconnected from life of India.

So this picture like many of my pictures was taken from the confines of our tour van.