Top Ten Favorite Things about India
So until about a year ago, I had never really eaten Indian food. Shocker, I know. In my family, if we were craving curry, we always went Thai. I also had some not great Indian food the first time I tried it, and that discouraged me. It wasn’t until I went to Seattle and went to this Indian Buffet restaurant that I realized what I was missing out on. That restaurant has NOTHING on the food in India though- the flavors, spices, curries, samosas- everything is absolutely delicious. I did not eat one bad thing there. Also, I never got sick from eating the food, but I did eat mostly vegetarian while there.
Everyone that I met in India was incredibly friendly and kind. I met a lot of Indians staying in Hostels, and they would take me around the city, showing me around, and giving me food to try. I met a local family on one of the trains, who shared their food with me. Only in Chennai did I have a bad experience, but mostly people were kind and generous.
The trains were such an easy way to travel around. They are ridiculously cheap, and you can get pretty much anywhere in India on them. They are also so easy to take- just go to the train station the day before or the day of, go to the international office, and buy your tickets there. All of the employees are very helpful, and it is definitely the best way to get around to all of the different cities.
The Red Fort (New Delhi)
The Red Fort was one of the first places I went to in India. It’s huge, and is a world UNESCO site, so basically what I look for in places to go (UNESCO knows what’s up). While it wasn’t my favorite fort in India, I was really glad that I went, and I felt like it really introduced me to what I should be expecting in India. Definitely a place worth checking out.
The Taj Mahal (Agra)
How can this not be on my list? It’s a wonder of the world, after all. And it’s obvious why- it is absolutely incredible. I went early, for sunrise, and it was worth waking up for- I understand why millions of people come to India just to see this building.
Udaipur (Literally the Entire City)
This city was probably my favorite in all of India (that I’ve been to, I have so much more to see there!). I absolutely loved it. The lakes, the palaces, the rooftop bars that look out across the city, everything. I could have spent so much more time there, and will definitely be heading back the next time I go to India.
Akshardham (New Delhi)
I don’t have any photos of this temple, because they don’t allow phones or camera’s on the property, but honestly, this place is one of the most beautiful temples I have ever been to. It is easy to get to (just take the metro). I honestly don’t have words to describe this place.
Amber Fort (Jaipur)
Ah, Jaipur. The whole city was incredible, but the Amber fort was definitely a must-see for me. It is a bit out of the way, but you can definitely get a cab there (or rick-shaw) for pretty cheap. Or, if you are like me, meet some locals in the hostel who have a car and are heading that way. It has beautiful views, and is more like a palace than a fort.
The Blue City of Jodhpur
Jodhpur is pretty similar to Jaipur, if I am being honest. However, where Jaipur was all amber and gold, the buildings in Jodhpur were painted blue. From the top of the Mehrangarh fort, you can look out on to the entire blue city.
I honestly loved everything about the culture that I experienced in India. The spices, the bright, beautiful clothing, the jewelry, the temples, the history. Now that I have had a taste of all that India has to offer, I can’t wait to go back and see more!