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6 days in colourful India

the country of contrasts

Story by David Cristian 18 de abril de 2015

Summary

70 hours of travelling (plane, car or public transport), tens of body and luggage scans, masala sauce, chaotic traffic, bottled water, mosquitos, smog and constant honking can probably summarise pretty well my trip to India which happened about one month ago.
One of the first things you notice is that you cannot see the horizon. A huge amount of smog floats over Delhi and this is the reason why the sky is grey not blue. The number of cars in Delhi increases with 2000 daily.

I've noticed the monkey long after I actually took the shot.

SECURITY

Another thing quite surprising for a European is related to security measures. Due to the tensions between Pakistan and India, the security measures are stricter than any I've never experienced before. Each individual (and his luggage) is scanned when he enters metro stations, malls, hotels, stadiums, etc. We travelled around Delhi, Noida or Agra area by car. The car gets checked as well for potential bombs. A bomb check looks like this. During the night is a bit creepier. First 2-3 days you feel a little uncomfortable but after that you kinda get used to it. Traffic is completely chaotic. There are no rules except honking. Honking is not a sign of impatience or aggressiveness, it just means "I'm coming". Minor collisions are common but no one wants to waste any time if they happen. People just keep on driving and mind their own business.

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THE TAJ

In my case, business trips and workshops are always exhausting. My time is occupied with sketching, wireframing, prototyping and client discussions. It rarely happens that I have a few free hours and India was no exception. Still, after a full week of work we had a free Saturday before taking the plane back. Agra is about 3 hours away from Delhi, so seeing Taj was a must.

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Taj Mahal is not impressive in its size (actually the tomb room is relatively small), but for its finest decorations, calligraphy, reflective tiles and the designs in marble. The level of detail and craftsmanship is mind blowing.

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Footnote: All photos are taken with iPhone 5 and processed with VSCO Cam iOS app
Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India