In Your Face, India (& Ears & Nose & Mouth)

New Delhi, India

New Delhi, India

Perhaps it’s a sign of conceit that I’m hardly interested in visiting anyplace that, well, just doesn’t sound all that interesting. Sure, I’ll still go, but there’s no doubt that I am a bit jaded, and these days, a little bit harder to impress. You can thank India for that. In fact, I do, & here’s why:

 

India is a fascinating, sometimes overwhelming, never bland or boring, assault on the senses. More than anywhere else I’ve been on earth, travelers run the risk of stimulus overload. Your eyes will be dazzled by the vivid palette that encompasses entire cities—such as Jaipur, the Pink City; Jodhpur, the Blue City; and Udaipur, the White City. The detail in the architecture is an explosion of curves and flourishes, and I’m convinced you’d be hard-pressed to find even one blank surface in the entire country.

 

Pole Position, Amber Fort

Pole Position, Amber Fort

You ears may not find as much pleasure as your eyes, since in all but remote villages, the sound you’re most likely to hear is a cacophony of beeping horns—all day and all night. When in the midst of things, you’ll also hear the sound of hordes of pedestrians, bleating cattle that wander freely through the streets of even major cities, and extroverted shopkeepers haggling in the market.

 

With all the poverty, you would think your nose would end up with the worst lot, but in reality, aside from the diesel fumes while crawling along in the most intensely absurd traffic imaginable, the smell of burning wood (and sometimes plastic) fills the air, making even the most urban setting smell rustic. And when you venture into a dining venue, things will just get better for your nose and then some.

 

A Feast for the Eyes & Mouth, Jaipur

A Feast for the Eyes & Mouth, Jaipur

Yes, your tongue will compete with your eyes when it comes to stimulus overload. Indian cuisine is much like its architecture—bold, saturated with flavor, and on occasion liable to bring tears to your eyes. Even the street vendors with their open-air woks that may not look like the kind of place you’d want to eat without really good health insurance, serve up delicious samosas and local fare that leave you not caring about where you got it. You’ll just want more.

 

No Blank Surfaces to be Found

No Blank Surfaces to be Found

So if I seem a bit blasé about “normal” destinations like Cancun or the Dominican Republic—don’t blame me. Blame India. It isn’t beginner travel, but if you’re open to new experiences, not agoraphobic, and wish to be dazzled, put India your bucket list. Your senses might be up all night with information overload, but along with your photo album, will thank you for it later.

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6 thoughts on “In Your Face, India (& Ears & Nose & Mouth)

  1. Hi Benjamin! I have nominated you for the Liebster award. I love that you blog about traveling and wish I could do more of it myself 🙂
    Here are the details: http://svdeaner.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/smiles-all-around-liebster-award-nomination/
    Take care!

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    • Thank you so much! Very kind of you. I will definitely check out the details. As you probably already know, in this environment (namely, the blogosphere, the hardest part is being heard among the din of voices. Thank you for listening to mine and even giving me a figurative microphone. It’s very much appreciated.

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  2. Hey.. I’m nominating you for the Liebster Award.. All the information you need is on my blog 🙂
    http://loudthoughtsvoicedout.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/the-liebster-award/

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  3. This is my first visit here, after you popped by my blog.
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