Third Trip to India

Woo-hoo — I just bought a ticket for my third trip to India!  I’ve been thinking of traveling to Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam this time, but because of my job the trip has to take place in March, and these countries are already too hot in March.  So I chose to pay tribute to India once again.  Since I was not able to inspire any of my friends to come along, I will be traveling alone, and it’s probably a good thing that I’ll be visiting a country that I know a little bit about.

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It must be my lucky day today because I found an inexpensive flight (412 €) and the dates are perfect (March 2–15).  I leave on a Monday, so I’ll have a weekend to pack and get ready.  I land in Delhi and after a day or so I plan to take the train to Agra.  I’ll probably spend two days in Agra, photographing Taj Mahal.  I will then travel to Jhansi by train and visit a very colorful village nearby called Orchha.  I’ve already been to Orchha, but only for 3 hours, and that was not nearly enough.

Woman with Child in Orchha

After Orchha I plan to travel to Varanasi, where I will probably spend a week.  This oldest and holiest of Hindu cities has so much to offer, that a week shouldn’t be too long, and if all goes well, that week should end with the amazingly colorful celebration of Holi on March 11 and 12.

'Holi' Child in Udaipur

On the next day I’ll fly to Delhi, visit Jamia Masjid and the Red Fort, do some shopping, and very early on March 15 I’ll start the long journey back home.

Jamia Masjid, Delhi

I am quite excited.  Luckily I know a good bit about India already, the Indian embassy is located in Hamburg, and I have all recommended vaccinations.

The only thing that bothers me a bit is that lots of interesting things happen at the ghats in Varanasi before dawn and after dusk, and my Canon 30D does not have the AF or high-ISO capabilities to master these situaltions well.  I don’t imagine that anyone would lend or rent me a Canon 5D mark II and an EF 24-105/4 L for the duration of the trip, would they?  😉

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