A Guide for Traveling in India, My India Trip + Style
India, you came to mind last year in February 2017. I can remember like it was yesterday, driving home randomly listening to MIA songs envisioning myself in India enjoying the culture, exploring, and wishing that I could attend an Indian Wedding. Yes those were the exact thoughts I had in my mind! I kept imagining what it would be like and whenever I'd hear certain songs from my playlist I'd picture it all.
Now let's fast-forward to April 7, 2017, one of my travel friends Danielle and I were having a convo via Instagram discussing where we'd like to travel next etc. peep the chat below. (at this point India was still just a thought)
Later that year in late August 2017, I get a text message from our other friend Tiffany saying "hey let's go to India, my friend Hardip is getting married November 2018 and we will be attending her ring ceremony in March -in INDIA!" In my mind I was like wtf....is this why I kept having these visions and feelings about traveling to India---this was a complete manifestation and I was like hell yes! It wowed me because I didn't expect the thought to manifest that fast let alone a complete wedding/ring ceremony in India too! So here we are March 2018 traveling to India. See the journey below, xo!
Looks unreal right?! The Taj Mahal is often described as one of the world wonders, and in person it's just as magnificent!
The stunning white marble Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved third wife Mumtaz Mahal. Their love story is legendary, especially because she was the one and only woman he truly loved! Together they had 14 children. It's a great full story behind the making of Taj Mahal--if you're curious definitely read up about it.
Meet Sheela, she was our tour guide in Agra, India ! She's the one who shared with us the great full story behind the Taj Mahal and was able to capture some of our best photos.
(If you find yourself traveling to India, I'd definitely recommend having a tour guide to visit the Taj Mahal. It's extremely helpful especially as they will share with you- what you can and cannot bring inside, & all important tips you may need to know. Also---with language barriers it's an added bonus to have a tour guide)
Living our best lives celebrating international women's day!
When entering inside the Taj Mahal, you must wear the shoe covers they supply you with, so that the white marble inside is protected. Inside the Taj Mahal are the tombs of the ruler and his third wife. You can see more footage of the Taj Mahal via my video on YouTube!
Pictured above is a meal made for us by a family in Agra, India! The food was great and the Roti (bread) was my favorite! It was wonderful experience being in someone's home in India watching them cook their traditional favorites.
The many spices and seasonings used to create the dish above! I can't remember them all, but I know for sure turmeric was used.
The picture to the left are the mother and daughter who cooked for us! And to the right is us having breakfast at our hotel in Agra!
I will always enjoy my cup of coffee wherever I go!
This is what I wore the day we went cooking! My scarf from Dubai came in handy when I wanted to add more color to my look.
Here's some of the shoes I brought with me to India!
In India animals roam on their own! At minimum I saw about 100 dogs between the different parts of India where we traveled. This dog decided to pose for the picture.
Walking up to the Jama Masjid Mosque.
Before entering the mosque we were provided with a robe. We were asked to remove our shoes once touring the mosque and wore slippers that cost $100 rupee's to wear inside. ($65 Rupee's are equivalent to the USD $1)
And then there was time for yoga. Doing yoga outdoors with our male instructor was nice. I decided to take this moment to reflect and as always become one with nature. It was a little cold this morning in New Delhi, but my heart was so full listening to the birds chirp and the sounds of nature while doing yoga. We learned new techniques from our instructor and the importance of not sitting in a chair as often as we do in the western culture, but instead squatting as often as possible to prevent back troubles.
Let the traditions begin! We are in Nawanshahr, India in these next photos--at Hardip's (the bride) Home! Hardip and her family showed us such a great time, it reminded me of my home when we were eating together with her family laughing and talking over food/drinks-as we would back home! Hardip also did a great job on our Henna!
Goddess Vibes! This is what I wore to Hardip's ring ceremony. It's called a Lehenga Dress. I purchased this dress in New Delhi, India at one of the markets and was fitted for this dress as well. It's also better to purchase traditional Indian garments in India for better pricing.
The colors of my dress were so rich and beautiful on me! I was so happy that I decided to bring my red/orange heels along--because it matched perfectly with my look.
This entire India Trip was a phenomenal journey! From the multiple tours, sight seeing, yoga, shopping, eye-opening experiences, conversations, culture, food, people, animals, and lastly the ring ceremony-- I'd definitely recommend you all travel to India someday.
Now go grab the popcorn and enjoy my YouTube video of the India Trip below. You'll definitely get a better feel of my experience!
If you have any questions about do's and don't, trip planning, how to book a tour guide, how to pack, where I purchased some of my looks, or any other things you may want to know please feel free to leave a comment below. Ask me anything---that's part of the reason why I blog, XO