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Old May 6th, 2012, 10:24 PM   #1
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[email protected] in ***INDIA*** – Preview (160 photos)

I just got back from a 5-week trip around India a couple of days ago. Even though I consider myself a very experienced traveller, nothing can really prepare you for India and it pushed me closer to my physical and psychical limits than any other country I have ever visited. The assault on all your senses is simply mind-blowing.
However, it was definitely worth it and India rewards you with tons of new and unforgettable impressions every single day.

I flew into Mumbai and from there made my way across the country by train, plane and hiring cars with a driver. You can see my exact route in the map below.

Seeing as I usually lag way behind with posting photos from my trips (I still have to post my New Zealand, Japan and South East Asia photos) and it might be some time until I post detailed threads for each of the visited cities, I decided to create this preview thread for which I selected 160 photos (out of a total of 15,200 I took during the trip).

IMO it gives a good impression of my 5 weeks in India and shows the fascinating mix of the country: spectacular monuments, total pandemonium on the streets, a diverse population and tons of curious ‘Only in India’ impressions.

My route:



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Old May 6th, 2012, 11:07 PM   #2
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I'm lost for words! Just superb - so much richness, colour and variety; life in all its chaos and vivacity.

I love the monkey pictures, and also the pictures which show how cattle are integrated into daily life and city environments.

I'm very envious of your trip - and I hope you post your other pictures soon.
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Old May 7th, 2012, 03:42 AM   #3
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Amazing!

India is the kind of place that you can't remain indifferent: impressive and shocking at the same time.

The pics are incredible. It's one of the best threads I've ever seen (and it's just a preview =P). Thanks for sharing!
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thanks for sharing your wonderful photos from India....
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Pity that you didn't plan Chennai and Bangalore part.
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Great photos , [email protected] ! Really captured the essence of life in Incredible India .
Wish that you had posted more pics of post-independence constructions and the new age engineering marvels , though .
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Really great and very nice photos, Raptor
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Great collection

Wish you had visited Central/Southern parts more - Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Next time
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Yes, Would have been wonderful if you have visited Maharashtra, Kerela or Karnataka....beautiful they are...
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It's hardly possible to visit all of India in 5 weeks...

However, the next time I'm in India I will focus more on the landscapes than on the cities (Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim) combined with Nepal and Bhutan.
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Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have great landscapes, though they are not romanticized as much as the Himalayas.

A small sample:

Shola Forests of the western ghats in karnataka:



Mahabaleshwar on the western ghats in Maharashtra:



Munnar in Kerala





Rural Tamil Nadu is brilliant. Endless rice fields, palm trees and thousands of temples:





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Anyways, I can go on and on and on and on...about the sights in each Indian state, but I'll stop here

If you want you can search the first thread in my signature: India- Architecture and Nature, by entering the name of the state, and you'll find lots of photos + info.
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Thx for yr photos!

Incredible India! The slogans they put on Melbourne's trams had been proved to be utterly correct!

I wanna visit Varanasi and Jodhpur. Jodhpur looks like the blending of Yemen's Sana'a and Greece's Santorini only more prototypical and brutal(ism)...absolutely love it!
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Incredible pictures and as others said its a shame you didnt make it further south or north!
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India is a place I've always wanted to visit. Thank you for the wonderful preview photos.
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great photos, sounds like a great trip. 15200 photos over 5 weeks is like 3 photos a minute or something...your camera, fingers and eyes must be broken!
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If I think of scorching Indian heat around that time you had taken these pics,
I appreciate you even more. Dadabats, sir!
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Great as always [email protected]! Your pictures remind me of my 5 Indian trips. But you have been more places and taken more pictures in one trip. BRAVO.
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