Incredible India -gliding the Ganges with Avalon

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Ann Castagna Morin

Southampton, MA
An Independent Agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency.
Luxury River Cruise & European travel specialist

I have had a sense of wanderlust since I was a child, always yearning to go off and explore the world.

I will take my own personal passion for travel and use it to craft an extraordinary luxury experience for you.

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The amazing Taj Mahal

"Why India?"

I was asked that question from half the people that I told I was heading there on my next adventure.

My answer was simple, I find different cultures and religions fascinating and enjoy learning about them.

As an artist I was excited to see all of the beautiful monuments.

My journey began in Delhi, I went in several days early so I could adjust to the time change and have a chance to do some exploring on my own.

Although I had visited many countries where the majority of the population were either Muslim or Buddhist this would be my first experience visiting  Hindu and Sihka temples. I hired a private guide and driver who educated me for two days about Hinduism. It was my living classroom. The stories about the various Gods and Goddesses are very entertaining, there are 330 million deities if one wants to get technical.

When the group arrived we set off to visit all of the main sites in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Did you know that there is a Great Wall of India? There is! You can see it from the Amber fort in Jaipur, it looks just like the one in China but it is just not as long.

It is hard to put into words the beauty and detailing of the temples, especially the Taj Mahal. I visited the Taj at both sunrise and sunset and ventured over to a park across the river to catch it from another angle. The colors of the building changed with the position of the sun. The detailing really gives you a sense of awe, I could have stayed there all day looking at it.

Yes, in India there is poverty, and chaos, and noise at times.

You will see cows walking down the road and monkeys jumping around on buildings but it didn’t bother me.

The positives far outweighed any negatives, I certainly wasn’t going to be able to see a snake charmer walking down the main street of my own town.That is an experience I won’t soon forget!

I was astonished as to how happy and friendly all the Indian people I met were. This was not just one or two people but a consistent welcome. Everyone was delighted to see us. They also wanted photos with me as my red hair is a rarity in their area. It was a great ice breaker for my being able to take photos of them. Even if we couldn't speak to each other a smile and the gesture of a camera worked and we knew what each other wanted.

Sailing the Ganges was very unique, we went round trip Kolkata with Avalon Waterways. The Ganges (Ganga) is worshiped by Hindu's, it gives life and is where reincarnation begins. I witnessed many ceremonies along the way from people bathing and praying, to a cremation. There were so many unique excursions, we ventured into small villages and saw how brass is made, visited ancient terra cotta temples, saw how idols are created, and went to the largest flower market in India.

The time just flew by!

If you are looking for a unique adventure where you will feel like you are staring in your own travel show, his trip fits the bill!

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