India Scares Me but I Want to Face My Fear
Collected by Kirsten Alana , AFAR Local Expert
Just like the title suggests, India scares me. Yet, I still want to visit. Here's where I am curating a list of all the things I want to do and all the places I want to go once I finally get to India.
Hanuman Ghat Road, Outside Chandpole, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
During my travels in India, I stayed at all sorts of places -- grungy inns, Taj resorts, and everything in between -- and my favorite locations where by far the mid-level hotels known as Heritage Hotels. These are former palaces and are most...
Anjuna, Goa 403519, India
I had finally settled down on the beach after a grueling yoga class on the shore of Anjuna, just down from the amazing market, when a girl with the most stunning green eyes appeared as if in a vision from behind the cow. She instantly sat down and...
823002, Railway Station Road, Gol Bagicha, Gaya, Bihar 823001, India
Indian ingenuity is what I like to call this. What better way to decorate your bike then using your old compact discs? I spotted this bike in the colorful town of Bodhgaya in India's Bihar province. The town is sprinkled with Buddhist monasteries...
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
While traveling through Rajasthan, my driver took me to meet a Bishnoi family in a village outside of Jodhpur. This is the matriarch of the family whose beautiful silver bangles on her arms and ankles and gold nose and earrings identify her as a...
B1/163, Nagwa Road, Assi ghat, Dumraon Colony, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005, India
A beautiful daily ceremony right on the banks of the Ganges River. Brahmin perform several rituals that are mesmerizing with the combination of music, bells, and drums. Hundreds of worshipers came to witness the ceremony,...
Devaraja Mohalla, Mandi Mohalla, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001, India
These are pots of powdered paint displayed in Mysore Market. This market is one of my favorite places in India because of the beautiful fruit and vegetable stalls, friendly vendors, and the air of vibrancy and decay that makes India feel both old...
Kishanpole, Jawahar Nagar, Khanjipeer, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
I travel to immerse myself in other cultures and, as I work in food, that often happens at the table. While in India, I was eating everything from street food to refined white tablecloth dining, but my favorite experience was the home-cooked food...
Kali Khoh, Harahi, Uttar Pradesh 231307, India
Meet Bengali Ma. She's an aghori, part of a rare sect of Hinduism that has a reputation for very bizarre practices. In their belief system, everything is the same, which means they might eat meat but aren't bothered if the meat came from an animal...
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