The colours of India: The Golden Temple

This is the continuation of a photo essay documenting my travels through India! Grab a cup of chai and join me on my journey… don’t forget to visit the Taj Mahal and the ceremony at Wagah while you’re here!

Welcome to Amritsar. Amritsar will forever be, for me, the most colourful of places I visited during my time in India. It also has a special place in my heart because, in Amritsar, I tasted my first cup of Masala Chai. With a creamy richness and delicate spice, Masala Chai was a comfort and a companion in a foreign land. It tasted every bit as delicious as I had hoped and with every sip, the mystique and magic of India flowed gently through me. Of course, mid way through my cup, a rat came out from under the table and muddled everything up, but still, for the five minutes beforehand as I nibbled on naan and sipped my way into oblivion, I was the happiest girl in the world.

Perhaps (okay, most definitely) more relevant than my first experience with Masala Chai is the fact that Amritsar is home to the Harmandir Sahib – the Golden Temple – and the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion. There was so much about the Golden Temple that left me speechless; from the contrast of the clean white floors and buildings to the beautiful colours of turbans and clothing worn by those partaking in religious rituals and cleansing, to the temple itself which shone like a beacon of peace and serenity. Amritsar is truly a holy place and an incredible experience for anyone seeking further understanding of the Sikh religion.

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The colours of India: The Taj Mahal

In 2008, I had the opportunity to step into the magical world of India. While my trip was too short, my time was well spent and over the course of three weeks, I was given a glimpse into the most colourful world I have ever seen. In order to best capture my highlights from the trip, I will refrain from going into too much detail (except for momentary digressions into funny anecdotes and a tip or two).

To kick off our journey, I present to you a glimpse into the jewel of India, the Taj Mahal, meaning “Crown Palace”. Located in Agra, the Taj Mahal – a present day UNESCO heritage site – was built by Shah Jahan (1592 – 1666) in memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. I apologize for the watermarks present throughout the pictures – my camera had a bad reaction to the humidity, but the pictures remain relevant despite the photographer’s  novice attempt to capture a masterpiece.

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