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India: Holy Cow!

India….by Guest Blogger, Brooke Cornetet

Holy cow. Literally holy cow, right in the middle of the constant blaring horn heavy traffic in the North of India.

India is one of the most unique countries I have ever been to. Your five senses all come to life at once in ways you would have never expected.


 Your eyes are open wide as they are filled with sights of beautiful sarees and people.
Your eyes close at the sights of poverty and filth.
Your nose smells some of the most amazing spices and flavors that are so foreign to it, as well as, terribly pungent smells of a city filled with cows and people doing their business anywhere they please.
Your ears hear sounds of pop Bollywood music and the way Indians scream talk Hindi.
Your body feels the jolts of riding in a rickshaw through crazy traffic as you cringe at every almost accident.
You taste the most amazing and diverse bold flavors with spices that have been internationally traded for centuries.
The north of India is everything you anticipate when you think of India. It has the cows in the streets, the hustle and bustle of traffic, aggressive salesmen, and color everywhere. Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi will excite you and overwhelm you all at the same time. Agra being famous for the beautiful marble Taj Mahal a must see. Varanasi known for its religious ceremonies preformed every night on the shores of the Ganges as well as the visible cremations as burnt bodies are put to rest in the holy water.
To distress yourself you can head down South and relax in a colonial town, enjoy living on a house boat, or kickback at a resort with Ayurvedic treatments. As well as experience the different foods and culture throughout the different states of the South.

The country as a whole is so different from the rest of the world as well as so diverse within its own borders.

Brooke Cornetet
Guest blogger, Brooke Cornetet, recently graduated from High Point University and immediately took off for a year of traveling in Asia, camera in hand. She has explored Bali, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand,  Burma, India, Nepal, and made her way home through Istanbul, Paris, and Iceland. She is finally home after 4 months and is working on the 20,000 photos she took from her trip.




To Experience more of India check out these Links.

Ahhh, India 

Khajuraho Temples 

India, a Country of Colors 

Turbins and Saris provide splashes of color 

Forts, Palaces and Temples of Rajasthan 

Sensory Overload in Dehli

Camel Traffic Jams, Pushkar Camel Festival 

Endless Imagery in Varanasi 

Taj Mahal Truly a Wonder 



Post Author
Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.


  1. posted by
    Kim Cornetet
    Jun 9, 2014 Reply

    Holy Cow~ amazing photos and comments that sum up what everyone has ever told me about India!

  2. posted by
    Georgia Gietzen
    Jun 11, 2014 Reply

    Love the photo’s and commentary Brooke! What a wonderful 4 months of adventure and travel. I have seen many photo’s of the Taj Mahal and yours is as stunning as any I’ve seen. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

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