Instagramming India


After two weeks in India, I think I took more photos than I’ve ever taken before in my life. I had over 2,000 photos on my camera and about 500 on my phone. Everywhere I looked there was something new and incredible right infront on me and I didn’t want to miss a thing.

As always, a few photos can’t do a country justice but I do believe that a picture can speak a thousand words so consider this a mammoth essay…


Orchha Gardens

These are the gorgeous gardens where I stayed in Orchha.

Door Porn

doorporn in India

If you love a bit of ‘door porn’ you’ll be in heaven in India. From the rustic, weatherbeaten old doors with chunky wood as thick as a brick and rusty old padlocks to the incredibly detailed, brightly coloured and perfectly carved doorways.


cooking in India

Travelling as part of a tour group definitely has its advantages and one of the main ones for me was having access into the homes of local people. It isn’t very often you can pop into an Indian home and have a spot of chai tea before they teach you how to make a four-course meal. All the Indian men I spoke to promised that they took their turn in the kitchen but I’m yet to see this for myself and it was usually the ladies making the mouth watering meals. Many women in India don’t speak English but a passion for food is a universal language and I had great fun learning to make my favourite dish ‘Paneer Masala’.

Sunsets on The Ganges

sunsets in IndiaAnyone who has been reading my blog for a while knows that I’m more than a little obsessed with sunsets. See my Sunset Sunday section which ran every Sunday for an entire year if you need any more evidence! These sunsets were all taken on the River Gambia. There’s nothing like a bit of water to enhance the drama of the sky.

The Taj Mahal


And, of course, the Taj Mahal needs a photo of all its own to really appreciate it.

Taj MahalAnd here it is from a few different angles that you may never have seen before.

Holy Cow!

cows in India

You’d be amazed how quickly you get used to seeing cows everywhere in India. They’re taking a nap in the middle of a roundabout, they’re stomping down a busy road with the same aggressive urgency as the cars, they’re chilling out by the river and they’re enjoying a quiet spot in the sunshine. Yes, cows are everywhere and no one bats an eyelid.

Holi Festival

Holi festival in IndiaI was lucky enough to be in India during Holi festival, the festival of colour. It’s an absolutely mental festival where everyone throws paint on each other. Kids line the streets with water pistols filled with colourful paints and people get really offended if you refuse to let them colour you. The festival left it’s trace on northern India for days with dogs and cows still covered in paint and even historic and religious sites had a splash of colour. The first rain after the festival was gorgeous as giant, colourful puddles formed everywhere.



Varanasi was my favourite place in India. I’ll be telling you a little more about it and sharing more photos this week.

  1. Arianwen 8 years ago

    Loving the door porn! And as always, your sunsets are stunning. I need to get myself to India!

  2. Amanda 8 years ago

    Lovely shots. I especially love the door porn!

  3. Monique 8 years ago

    I loved looking at your pictures of India on Instagram. Great round-up. I especially like “holy cow”.

  4. Becki | BackpackerBecki 8 years ago

    There really is a magical side to India and you have captured it! Whenever I think about the stressful time in India I always look at my photos and it brings back the wonderful memories. I’m thinking of heading to South India next. I’m sure you will be back there soon too 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      I’d love to go to South India. I’ve heard it’s like visiting a whole different country in comparison to the north. I was told that it’s not better or worse, just totally different. India is stressful and frustrating though so my memories are still a huge mixture of the incredible and the annoying.

  5. Georgia 8 years ago

    Such beautiful pictures! The sunset ones and Orchha are incredible, looking forward to seeing more. How was Holi?

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      Holi was brilliant but I was in a small village for the main celebrations so we didn’t have any of the crazy paint throwing like you see in the photos. Also, it’s mainly a festival for men where they all drink and it’s a day where they are forgiven for doing anything wrong so it’s not really all that safe to be out and about in non-tourist areas.

  6. tia 8 years ago

    I love the color in all of these pictures! I would love to go to one of those homes and have a home cooked meal.. And you are so lucky to have been there during that festival, it looks like so much fun!

  7. Lynda 8 years ago

    Great pics. India is just so ridiculously photogenic.

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      It really is. I found myself taking photos of literally EVERYTHING!

  8. Salika Jay 8 years ago

    What an amazing series of photos! Few photos truly can’t do justice to a country but you’ve covered the essence of it beautifully. It’s great you were there for the Holy festival. That’s a great festival to be a part of.

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      Thanks so much Salika! Yes, I was so lucky to be there for Holi, a real once in a lifetime opportunity.

  9. Nat 8 years ago

    I am reading so much about India these days. Perhaps I should put it on my BL but it seems like it will be a big culture shock!

  10. The GypsyNesters 8 years ago

    The Holi Festival looks amazing! Great shots!

  11. Pete 8 years ago

    Lovely photos Monica. Dalene and I were just saying how we have to make it to Holi, love the all the colours. Hopefully next year!

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be there during Holi. If you get chance to go next year, it’s well worth it!

  12. Julika 8 years ago

    Stunning! Beautiful photos! I really, really want to book a flight to India now!

  13. Janene 8 years ago

    Sigh, one day, one day I will make it to India. I was paying close attention to the pictures of the woman cooking. Indian food is do delish.

  14. Michael Hodson 8 years ago

    Love how you displayed these here (great shots also, of course). Think I might borrow this format for some of my Instagram posts 😉

  15. Jenna 8 years ago

    I love Instagram posts. I haven’t been to India yet but the colors that you captured so well are inspiring.

  16. Farrah Kelly 8 years ago

    What great pictures- I think there’s really something to be said for good old disposable cameras but I just can’t get enough of beautiful instagram shots like these. And SO jealous you got to experience Holi festival! xx

  17. Really lovely photos, Monika! Love the door porn and you’ve brought a different look to the Taj!

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      Thanks Christine. It seems that everyone loves a bit of door porn!

  18. Virag Sharma 8 years ago

    Lovely post. Many of these places are near to my home town , but never visited.
    This time , i will make it happen 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      Lucky you! It’s always the same. There are so many places in the UK and around Europe that I’ve never been!

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