And it’s a WEDDING. Firstly, congratulations to the bride and groom. It was amazing.
This was my third trip to India (weddings again) and I wasn’t disappointed. New Delhi was completely different to Kochi and Goa and while I loved those two places, I think New Delhi is my new favourite.
If you’re planning to go to India, you will need a visa and this can be done fairly quickly online via Indian Visa Online. This is the official website, there are many websites out there that charge more and aren’t officially recognised by the Indian government. Secondly, you need to make sure that you are aware of the various risks in relation to your health while travelling and have received the necessary vaccines. The two most important vaccines for India are Cholera and Hepatitis A, make sure you’ve got them and they’re up to date or you’ve received the necessary boosters. You can always use Fit For Travel to check what you need.
One thing I wanted to address was anti-black sentiments in India. Once I posted my location, I had quite a few people reach out to me on various social media platforms telling me to be careful and sharing their experiences. I am aware that anti-black sentiments do exist in India and I would never discredit anyone else experience. However, all the times I have been, I’ve been fortunate enough not to have experienced anything – The most I’ve gotten were people asking to take pictures with me. But this is something I would recommend for my black travellers to keep in mind!
Arriving to 38 degrees was amazing, especially as I just left the rain and sleet in London. In terms of transport to the hotel from the airport, I used Le Passage to India. They were really organised, friendly and efficient. I really dislike having to sort transport on arrival, I would rather pre-book and not have to worry about finding a reliable and safe form of transport while carrying multiple bags. I can’t really provide much information on accommodation as it was all sorted by my friend. But I did stay at the Park Plaza Delhi Shahdara, which I would recommend. Aside from its amenities, it seemed pretty central to everything.
As it was a trip for a wedding, I did expect it to be busy. I thought Nigerian weddings could be a lot but Indian, Hindu weddings have taken first place in my books. I was there for 10 days and I’m pretty sure I attended more than six wedding related events, needless to stay I was exhausted by the end of it all. I can’t even begin to imagine how the bride and groom felt. It was a great opportunity to experience a different culture and religion away from home and I enjoyed every minute of it. I particularly enjoyed participating in the Haldi Rasam, If i ever do get round to finishing my India vlog, It will be included.
Despite all the wedding events, we did manage to see a lot of the city and visit the Taj Mahal in Agra which was a quick journey, thanks to a recently built expressway. It was also great to see so many of my old friends and make some new ones.
This trip to India was definitely one of best trips EVER!
Three food places that I would recommend are: Havermore (Pandora Market Road), The Big Chill Cakery (Khan Market) and ZAffran (GK1).
Check out my photos below.