My Love Affair with India

Going to India changed my perception of the world, it opened my mind and my heart.  Everyone kept asking me why I chose India out of all the places in the world?  I was always very drawn to it but I didn’t have the answer until I returned home.

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Golden Gate, Mumbai

MY LIFE CHANGING ADVENTURE 

I knew my India trip was going to be an adventure but I didn’t realize just how life changing it would be.  I am not saying India is for everyone but growing up in a third world country like South Africa I learnt there is beauty in everything, sometimes you just have to look a little deeper.  I discovered that people’s perceptions about India are often clouded.  Anyone can ramble on about things that are wrong with a country so let me tell you what I thought was right with it.

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Durga Temple – Hampi

MORE TO THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE

 If you arrive in Mumbai or any major city in India and you don’t understand the reasoning behind the constant hooting or the undercarriage of the hassle and bustle, it can leave you feeling quite overwhelmed but dont let that detour you.

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Mumbai

 When you leave the major cities, the landscape changes completely.  Once I discovered India’s incredible diversity and scratched beneath the surface I found myself in a land like no other and I fell in love with it

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Hampi

INDIA IS MADE UP OF DIFFERENT RELIGIONS AND TRADITIONS

India is made up of many states therefore many different religions and traditions.  From the desert in Rajasthan to the green tea fields in Kerala there is a little something for everyone. I found that the love and generosity of people stayed the same. It was only their way of greeting that changed.

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A Sadhu in Varanasi

Spiritually this country is incredible, the rivers, mountains and animals are all worshiped.  Temples and Churches are part of the landscape and marigolds decorate the shrines that litter the streets. Race and religion don’t divide, Hindu’s celebrate with the Buddhists, Buddhists celebrate with the Christians, neighbours are friends and communities are family. Festivals are plenty, there is always a reason to celebrate and bring people together and some festivals are celebrated by all India’s people as a nation.

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Ganesh Temple – Hampi

Read about my visit to Varanasi and the The Ganges river here

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD

Four of the world’s religions originated from here and ancient practices like Yoga, Meditation and Ayurvedic remedies are all used the western world today.

Home to some of the most ancient cities in the world and with that, comes some unique architecture. I could sense that some buildings have real historical stories behind them which took me back in time.

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Hampi

 

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Hampi locals

India has come far and is most certainly going places, their contribution to science, medicine and technology has taken world stage. Spiritual practices that they have shared with the world in meditation and Yoga has contributed to society wanting to take a more peaceful and meaningful approach on life.

 

 

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Varanasi

INDIA’S GRATITUDE AND INSPIRATION

I left with friends for life and most of them don’t have half of what I have at home, yet happiness and laughter full their hearts.

This community puts all the things you have or think you don’t have into perspective. The gratitude you gain spending time here will turn what you have into enough and its people’s fight for survival and recognition is inspirational. This country was chosen to teach compassion to the rest of the world and I personally gained so much being one of its students.

If you planning on visiting India, have you considered visiting Bodh Gaya?

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Local woman at a temple

When you strip away the layers and colours you left with real people, beautiful and ancient cities, traditions and beliefs. I didn’t only see India, I felt India and it is a place I will always return to visit friends and to see what is around the next corner.

I know so many people that are intrigued to visit India but are so hesitant, do your research and go on a journey you will never regret!  Here is a great guide that includes a travel budget for South East Asia to get you started!

 

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Liza W

Born in South Africa, fascinated with culture and loves wood fire pizza.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away” Follow me on twitter: @soul_drifters

39 thoughts on “My Love Affair with India

  • August 18, 2017 at 10:56 am
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    It’ nice to know you liked Indian culture and different places in India. I could not get time to explore your site but it seems you have explored a lot in India from Varanasi to Hampi, from Goa to Mumbai. So happy to know you liked my country :-)s

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  • August 18, 2017 at 6:44 am
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    India looks like such a magical place! It is totally high on my bucket list! Thanks for the great insight!

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  • August 17, 2017 at 10:12 am
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    I’ve never been to India but it seems like such a unique, once in a lifetime experience!

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  • August 17, 2017 at 3:45 am
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    India is such a beautiful country. I have only visited around the Delhi area, but even so, there is so much culture to soak in and learn from. Truly an eye-opening experience, and always wonderful to hear/read positive takeaways from others who have visited!

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  • August 16, 2017 at 6:17 pm
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    I’ve spent a whole month in India and fell in love with India as well, so I wholeheartedly understand your love affair with that country. It’s so colorful and inspiring! Great photos, btw!

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  • August 16, 2017 at 4:05 pm
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    Most people I know who have visited India weren’t terribly taken with it, so it’s refreshing to hear from someone who obviously loves India as much as you do! Glad to hear you had such a great time there. It’s indeed a fascinating country with so much history and culture!

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  • August 16, 2017 at 3:04 pm
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    Looks lovely. I’ve definitely wanted to visit India for a while now. How long was your trip? I feel like I’m waiting until I can do it justice with at least a couple weeks. What were your favorite cities or areas? I love the contrast of the different churches in your post. Spiritual places are the best!

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    • August 18, 2017 at 7:00 am
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      Hi Jessica, I have been to India twice, I have a full time job though so it is hard but I have spent 6 weeks there. We planning to take the plunge and quit our jobs end of 2018 and tour the whole of India. You must know that getting from place to place takes time unless you flying. North India is amazing because there are so many beautiful Buddhist temples it is truly an amazing spiritual experience. I loved Hampi, Goa, Varanasi and Kerela, Do it you wont regret it!

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  • August 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm
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    I couldn’t agree more with you when you say india is not for everyone. I personally love India, but I also know so many people who hated their entire time there!
    Without a doubt on either feels india or not.
    Glad you enjoyed your stay!

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  • August 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm
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    Great write up! I have always wanted to visit India but just haven’t taken the leap too.

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    • August 18, 2017 at 7:01 am
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      Hi Shareen!
      Take the leap, you will not regret it just do your research first to see what part of India you would enjoy the most

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  • August 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm
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    India is beautiful ! Only visited Kerala can not wait to go back and explore.

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