This week, we’re off to India, seeing the country through the eyes of four community members: Binoyeeta (whose photo heads off this post), Girish, Divya and Zabeeh. What unites these people, along with their residency in India, is a love of travel and adventure.
India ranks top 5 for countries that most of our community lives in. With a long history with deep regional culture, India is the second most populated country on earth with its population hitting 1.2 billion in 2013 and continuing to grow. Today’s community members come from some of the most populous cities in India: Bangalore, Mumbai, and New Delhi.
“India is home to more languages, religions and people than any other place in the world. There are more than 1500 languages used within 100 different cultures and 50 different ethnic groups. Not only that, it is geographically diverse as well. South India has a tropical climate, in contrast to the North where there is extreme cold. Western India is known for its desert while eastern Indian is home to mawsynram, the wettest place in the world. There is no one place which can call itself representative of all India. If you decide to visit, make sure you do your homework.”
Wise words from Omar Siddiqui who was kind enough to give us some great information and tips about traveling to this amazingly diverse country. Here are his tips on places to visit.
Places to Visit:
The Taj Mahal. About 3 hours from Delhi the wondrous building is impressive not only in size but also the immaculate attention to detail that was paid to its architecture and decor. The building is actually a tomb made in remembrance and love for the emperor’s wife. There are many other historic sites and beautiful Mughal castles nearby as well and the city is very accessible and tourist friendly.
Varanasi is another great place to visit. It is considered the holiest of all Hindu cities and provides access to the river Ganges where pilgrims and those on a spiritual journey can bathe themselves. It has hundreds of temples and is widely considered a must see.
For something more exotic, consider a trip to Kerala which is located in the southern part of India. The back waters and tropical climate provide relaxing vacations in breath taking settings. In fact, our header photo is of Kerala and is by Tim Moffat.
India is full of energy and commotion. It’s the second most populous country in the world and there are many different types of people. Generally, Indians are very warm-hearted and gregarious people. Get to know some below!
Omar Siddiqui was born in India, raised in Japan and went to school in the U.S. A traveler, it’s no wonder he created GrabHalo, an app to message anyone in the world.
A visual storyteller, Naina‘s name means “eyes” in Hindi. Check out her page for a link to see some of her amazing wedding photography.
A freelance graphic designer, Don Micky Xavier also loves to review movies and blog. Take a look at his 500px app for his photography.
Nisha John is an entrepreneur and blogger. She founded Of Indian Origin to showcase Indian art and design.
A world traveler passionate about UX, Sree Nivasa stopped by our booth last week at UX Week and had this picture taken. Thanks for dropping by!
Parul Tongaria is an artist and blogger. Check out her Medium app to read about things like, the right way to do artistic work for free and why typography matters.
Shailesh Tiwary is a desingineer, Sunday photographer, and weekday wanderer living in New Delhi
Though she lives and works remotely from Bangalore, Mousumi Bhattacharya forms an important part of the about.me team as a backend developer.
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