Travel

My Indian Holidays

17/12/2012

My trips to Mumbai at the end of autumn have now become a regular occurrence in my calendar. Every year, me and my husband Sandy travel to India to visit his family for about two weeks. We try to escape the big city when we can, so two years ago we travelled to Rajasthan, while last year we spent most of the time in Mumbai, getting engaged and celebrating Diwali.

This year we had a special reason to stay in Mumbai: our hindu wedding! Friends from all over the world and family joined us in Mumbai, making us feel incredibly lucky and happy!

After a crazy week spent getting ready for the big day, we escaped to south Goa with ten friends and had a sweet and relaxing – albeit too short – honeymoon. Before coming back to London , we squeezed in a 1-day round trip from Mumbai to Gujarat, where we prayed at the family temple and received blessings for our future married life.

Most of the time, we were moving (ie. jumping on a rickshaw) from one place to another, running errands or meeting friends, so I didn’t get to use my Nikon D-SLR much. Thanks to my iPhone, I always had a camera with me to document the highlights of the trip.

If you already follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Google+ you might have already seen these photos, though I hope you will still enjoy this round-up post of my favourite moments in India!

mumbai rickshaw

Walking at the Gateway of India just after sunrise and traveling by myself in a rikshaw.

mumbai vada pav

Eating hot and crisp “Vada Pav” at the street stall outside Mithibai & NM College. mumbai street food juhu beach

mumbai street food juhu beach

Literally eating on the street, sitting on newspapers, enjoying “Masala Dosa” and “Pav Bhaji” at Amar Juice Centre.

wedding indian mehendi henna

Sitting down for 8 hours for my “Mehendi”: hands, forearms and feet meticolously decorated with henna.

After a week of intense preparation, finally the big day of our hindu ceremony arrived!

After a week of intense preparation, finally the big day of our hindu ceremony arrived!

Escaping to Agonda beach in south Goa and relax by the beach, eating homemade muesli and drinking fresh pineapple juice!

Escaping to Agonda beach in south Goa and relax by the beach, eating homemade muesli and drinking fresh pineapple juice!

Lazily strolling in Agonda and having dinner with fish curry, chicken manchurian, lemon rice, chilli chicken, goan prawn curry, chicken tandoori and naan!

Lazily strolling in Agonda and having dinner with fish curry, chicken manchurian, lemon rice, chilli chicken, goan prawn curry, chicken tandoori and naan!

Eating and drinking fresh fruit every day! My new favourite drink: fresh strawberry juice.

Eating and drinking fresh fruit every day! My new favourite drink: fresh strawberry juice.

Road trip to Gujarat, to visit the Kuldevi temple in Rampura and the Swaminarayan temple in Saganpur.

Road trip to Gujarat, to visit the Kuldevi temple in Rampura and the Swaminarayan temple in Saganpur.

Late breakfast of "Bun Maska" and "Chai" at the old Irani cafe B. Merwan in Grant Road, Mumbai.

Late breakfast of “Bun Maska” and “Chai” at the old Irani cafe B. Merwan in Grant Road, Mumbai.

The beautiful skyline seen from Marine Drive to say goodbye to Mumbai: I love it and hate it, but I always miss it when I am gone.
Mumbai skyline

 

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