Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Travel Diary: Incredible India - Day 1

I'm on vacation in India right now. It's only been two days, and already my senses are overwhelmed. I can't believe we're here!! India is one of those places that you know you have to visit in your lifetime; you just don't know when. When my mom found a good deal for the trip, we all instantly agreed to go! It took just two weeks to plan everything, so everything is still a little bit blurry to me. Taking some time off this morning to take it all in.
Over 10 hours of travel from Manila to KL to New Delhi
with Ralph, Ed, Star, Mom, PJ, Aia, and Tita Bubut
On the way from Delhi to Agra, we drove by this colorful school. The children were out and on their way home.
My comfy sandal-flats on white wooden steps
Mom, my sister Aia, and PJ

Doodle Diary: Day 1
Flower inception
Mr. Banana Man
Chutney and Spices
Fruit bowl. More than the colors, I LOVED how all the flavors blended so well together. Yumyum.

After lunch, we drove to the Taj Mahal.
Nothing could have prepared us for this amazing view.
The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial/masoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years by about 20,000 craftsmen and workers. It looks the same on all four sides, with inscriptions from the Koran made with black marble. And all the designs are symmetrical, except for the placement of the tomb of the Emperor next to his wife.
Exquisite marble carvings
black marble + gemstones laid onto the carved white marble.
THIS is crafting to the extreme level. :P
Patterns everywhere!
A peek at the mosque beside the Taj Mahal. On opposite side is a mirror image of this structure: a guest house that has never been used, but is only there to provide symmetry.
Doorways along the sides of the estate
Can't wait to see more today! :)