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The Wonders of India

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My winter break trip to India was like a spider web that caught ancient history, vibrant cultures, and breathtaking monuments in its trap. It was a whirlwind journey through four diverse states, each a unique piece of this “Cradle of Humanity,” as Mark Twain aptly described it.

Mumbai: The gateway to chaos 

Our journey began in Mumbai, where chaos reigned amidst the echoes of colonial history. The pulsating energy of the Gateway of India, the history of the Prince of Wales Museum, and the quiet sanctity of the ancient synagogue gave me a fascinating perspective of this intricate city.

Goa: Sun-Kissed Shores and Portuguese influence 

Goa offered a refreshing contrast with its relaxing vibes and Portuguese heritage. We marveled at the vibrant houses, explored the Sahakari Spice Farm, and learned about the fascinating history that’s in the architecture of every building.

Jaipur: The Pink City 

Jaipur, the “Pink City” because of all the pink buildings in the old city, dazzled with its glamorous palaces, intricate art, and exceptional jewelry. City Palace, with its hand-carved details and weapon collection. Then Gem Palace, a playground of exquisite gems, was unforgettable.

Amber Fort: An Elephant Ride to Sheesh Mahal

The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly Amber Fort. Riding an elephant up the steep incline was an exhilarating experience, and the Sheesh Mahal, which is the third largest mirror palace, took my breath away with its mesmerizing mirror magic. 

Agra: Architectural Wonders and forts 

The journey continued to Agra, where the Mughal empire left its indelible mark. Ahead of its time they were one of the greatest patrons of Art. I explored the symmetrical marvel of the Taj Mahal, its perfect proportions and intricate details leaving me absolutely speechless. I also went to Agra Fort, with its gold topped domes and strategic defense position, showcased the other side of the Mughal empire, power.

Beyond the Monuments: A Glimpse into what makes India awesome

India was more than just monuments. It was the friendly smiles of strangers in other cars, the aroma of exotic spices, and the echoes of ancient traditions that truly wowed me. From the mathematical marvel of Chan Bori to the forgotten grandeur of Fatepur Sikri, each site whispered tales of a rich and multifaceted civilization. 

A Land that Leaves a Mark

Leaving India, I carried with me not just souvenirs, but a deep appreciation for its vibrant cultures, the timeless wonder of its monuments, and the warmth of its people. Mark Twain declared “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great-grandmother of tradition.” That is the only way I can put this experience of a lifetime into words. We left knowing that we had only scratched the surface of India’s infinite wonders.

I truly encourage you to visit the links I have put below that bring you to each of the sites but in more detail. 

Mumbai 

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Gateway-of-India

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chhatrapati_Shivaji_Maharaj_Vastu_Sangrahalaya there are pictures just at the bottom of the article

http://midrash.org/articles/india/kenesetheliyahu.html

Goa 

https://www.tourmyindia.com/states/goa/fontainhas-latin-quarter-goa.html

https://www.goa.gov.in/places/sahakari-spice-farm/

Jaipur

https://www.thecommonwanderer.com/blog/city-palace-jaipur-guide

https://www.gempalace.com/collections

https://www.tripsavvy.com/jaipur-amber-fort-guide-4123752

Agra

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/252/

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Agra-Fort

On the road 

http://www.chandbaori.org/

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/255/

 

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