Loving Geometric Indian Patterns – A Massive Photo Collection

Geometric Indian PatternsOne of my favorite things about visiting the forts, palaces, and temples in India is discovering the geometric patterns that are found in every corner.   No matter where you go, these patterns appear and are a beautiful reminder of an age long since past.

The best part about these geometric patterns?  They all seem to be different!   It has been an exciting journey discovering these gems, and we went on a quest to take photos of some of the best.  Since we have dozens of these, we cannot help but share a large collection of our favorites here!

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Looking for a World Class Indian Beach? Try These Three!

In the past few months, I've been giving Angie the reigns in planning our destinations as I figured she'd have stronger feelings on the types of places we visited in Nepal and India.

After getting screwed on train tickets in Northern India, and overall really wanting an Indian beach for the holidays ever since we did the Everest Base Camp trek, we agreed that it was for the best to skip out on the rest of Rajasthan and fly down to Goa and the coastal beaches for Christmas and New Years.

For this task, Angie had been charged with finding the best.

After her research had concluded, she told me that she was taking us to beaches that were considered to be some of the best in the world.  Being a bit astonished by this claim myself, I went along with it in hopes that she was right.

“World class beaches” and “India” in the same sentence? Well, after our time traveling from Nepal to India and exploring the north quite a bit, that was a sight I'd have to see to believe.

And we did.

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Visiting Itimad ud Daulah Tomb – The Baby Taj Mahal in Agra

Before arriving to Agra, we didn't know much about the city other than the famous monument, The Taj Mahal. 

In fact, we had only planned one night to see the Taj Mahal in Agra a because of reading so many stories about how little there is to see other than this star attraction.

But while the Taj Mahal is the most visited attraction in Agra, and likely all of India, there are others that we appreciated far more during our stay in the city. 

One of those was the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, what we consider to be the inspiration for the famous monument everyone comes to Agra to see.

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Varanasi – A Different First Impression of India

Relaxing on the Ganges in VaranasiAh, India.  The only country of this trip that Angie was visibly unsettled over visiting (but still excited at the same time).

Traveling to a country of over 1 billion people often brings these mixed emotions in many travelers. It is not shocking when you think about it, as with that many people there are so many stimuli to the senses that visiting can often be overwhelming until you get a detailed understanding of the place.

For our first city in the country after crossing from Nepal to India, Varanasi gave us a welcome we would never forget as it offered a sensory overload we haven't seen in a while.  But while this change was incredibly different from our previous surroundings, the most shocking part was not entirely due to this new environment, but also that international tourism did not seem to be present when we were there.

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