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Tribute to the colourful people of India

December 15, 2010

Near the Ganges in Varanasi


That’s the first word that comes to mind when I look back at our travels to India. The country is famous for the Taj Mahal and megacities like Mumbai and New Delhi. But it’s the people that make the country.

Men in India, all in white

It’s the people that create the atmosphere.

It’s the people that bring the country to life.

It’s the people that create your travel experience.

Grand mother in India

India has around 1.1 billion inhabitants. Urban areas are packed with people but also in the smallest villages people gather when you stop passing through their area.

Street kids in India

Rural and urban areas had a different effect on us. We love big cities. We love the bustling life style, the crazy way people live together on a small area of land. We love to be overwhelmed by a city and its people.

Yoga man

In rural areas people approach travelers in a different way, more open. We passed through this small village where people gathered to watch us.
We were watched, while we traveled to India to watch them.

People on the streets of India

This was back in 1998, but I guess in many parts of India this has not changed. India is a gateway to a world that you could not have imagined existed (I will explain this in my next blog posts).
On the other hand you, the traveler, are a gateway as well. Like in many other countries, the incoming traveler is a gateway to a desired but unreachable world (at least for some).

This makes traveling  countries like India intense. Very intense. I would recommend it to everyone.

I admire the Indian people. For accepting life as it is, for living life with a smile.

Girls at Indian village


From → Asia

  1. bagnidilucca permalink

    Beautiful people – incredible India

  2. Hi Emiel, I have yet to go to India – Mysore would be my favorite place to visit but the Taj Mahal is up there too. Your photos are amazing and yet they don’t even match the beauty of your words… as a gateway and the people we see also a gateway……keep writing. You are gifted, my friend. Thanks for the glimpse into India!

    • Mysore, I had to look it up. But indeed, the South of India is another great part of the country to discover! You really should go to India, one of the most intense travel experiences we ever had. Thanks for your compliments, as always you encourage me to keep writing!

  3. Prachtige foto’s! Wat kan reizen (colourful people) toch je leven verrijken.
    Misschien heb je nog eens wat voor portugal magazine?

  4. maryrichardson permalink

    Love these photos, Emiel. When did you go there? It’s on my list of dream destinations…

    • Emiel permalink

      Hi Mary,
      Thanks, we went in september 1998…long time ago and we are sure to return with our kids some day. It is a dream destination for sure, with totally different worlds in one country. I’m now working on two more posts..

  5. I must say that you’ve captured some really nice shots of the amazing people of my homeland – Incredible India! 🙂 Though I’d suggest you visit here again – a lot has changed, for the better (though a lot is still the same, unfortunately), in fact, from your last visit in 1998…

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