What do you think of when you think of India?
For me I think of colour. Bright colours. Yellows, reds, greens and blues. The colours of prayer flags which lined the mountain passes I trekked through in the Himalayas back in 2008.
India is a country which will daze you with its many sights, sounds and colours upon arriving. Touching down in India gives you a real case of culture shock but, once you’ve settled over the course of a few days, you’ll love the rush of everything going on around you. The cows in the streets, the car horns, the tuk-tuks whizzing past crammed full with an entire family.
Upon remembering a trip to India it’ll be the colours that awaken the memories of your trip. The colours of India are ingrained in its consciousness and each colour holds important cultural, religious and traditional meaning. India is a land whose story can best be told through colour and here are the colours that remind me so much of my trip.
Red, the colour of the monks’ robes in the monastery almost 4000m above sea level. We visited the monastery on our acclimatisation trek whilst repainting a school in the small mountainous village of Keylong.
The monks were going about their daily rituals and, after prayer, they were willing enough to pose for a quick photo against the backdrop of the spectacular valley.
The colour that springs to mind when I think of the monastery the aforementioned monks frequented. Golden details were everywhere throughout and it made an already impressive building all the more impressive.
The colour of the Taj Mahal. Upon visiting the Taj Mahal I was worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype. Would it really be as impressive as everyone claimed? Much like Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal took my breath away. The building and its gardens are a site to behold and will leave you astounded. The glaring white building and all its intricate details is the highlight of my trip to India and a memory that will stay with me forever.
The colour of the tents we lived in for three weeks. My month in India revolved mostly around hiking in the Himalayas, and dark green will forever remind me of the tents we spend so came to love so much. We collapsed in them after hours of trekking, learnt how to put them up and take them down within a couple of minutes and huddled up in them when temperatures plummeted below zero.
Simply; the clear blue skies and lakes found in the Himalayas and the colour we turned when making river crossings in the midst of a rainstorm.
Want more colours of India? Great Rail have put together an absolutely stunning piece on the colours of India – go check it out!