India Trip│Everything after The Wedding!

If you haven't already checked out my post from last week, and my post from the week before, it was all about a typical indian wedding.


Which is FULL of vibrant, colourful clothes, venues, food and just so much festivity!!!

My family and I travelled to India this year mainly for my cousin's wedding, but we do tend to go every 2-3 years regardless, because all of our extended family is there!

So after the wedding was complete, we began our little India travel tour! :P
Although we made lots of little stopovers at other family places, I'll just get excited over the main ones with you :D

FIRST STOP: Mum's Hometown ❤️
Pilibhit, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
Distance from Delhi: 274km

This place is such a small town, but I just adore it beyond. 

Random reasons why?

1. My three uncles and their families still live there, and we get SO spoiled whenever we go there. 

2. I think the best way to describe this town is that everyone knows each other, if mum and I are outside they'll recognise my mum from when she was a little girl!

3. Because there's not a whole lot to do there, our whole time is consumed by QUALITY family time (Translation: Everyone stays in their PJs till 12pm at minimum, late night sleeps (We're talking 1-2am at least!), cosy sleep ins and family meals together every meal time! 

4. All the houses there have flat rooftops and it is totally normal to hang out on the roof. And that is one of my favourite things EVER. 

5. Everyone crammed into one room or on one bed and just talking and laughing about anything and everything.

6. Because it's my mum's side of the family's hometown, I get to hear such great old stories from everyone. The stack of old photo albums I get to go through. All the reminiscing that takes place and I'm privy too. 

7. I get to make my own little memories in the very places mum made her memories, and I just love it so. much. 

8. My uncle built a temple (mandir) in honour of my grandma in this town and this means a lot to me, as you'll see soon. 

Before I start the random assortment of photos from the hometown, I just HAVE to share this with you guys. On the drive to the hometown, we had a stop at Maccas.

Indian Maccas.

Get ready to have your mind blown.



Yes, that is a Mango Chilli Soft Serve on top.
#TypicalIndia

Fun fact: I tried taking a photo of the menu boards and the server scolded me and said I wasn't allowed...whoops.

Also - India, Delhi especially, is SO polluted at the moment. 
So on the roadtrip over I was thoroughly excited about seeing greenery, instead of the typical, what I like to call, 'brownery' in India. Hahaha.


Another random thing - India doesn't have much regard for rules in general. 
And in small towns, even less. Haha.
You know how when trains are coming here the gate comes down and no one crosses the track?


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I can't really say the same happens in India...
Haha :P
That being said, they're so experienced with it that thankfully no one gets hurt! :P

Anyways, we finally arrived and were greeted with a big, fat box of homemade laddoos (one of the most famous Indian sweets).


Sugar and calories in a box, people.


Door...


...And stairs to the rooftop.


Rooftop panorama.


Homemade Chilli Pickle getting ready in the sun on the roof. 


Drying my hair in the sun on the roof :P

Look at these cool roti-like breads!



To get that swirl is a technique (play below!)

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Another day, another rooftop :P 


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And one afternoon we played cricket on the rooftop :P

How cute is this little one I got to hang out with!


And, one morning we all had chai and breakfast on the rooftop cause I wanted a rooftop picnic! :P


This is my a photo of my brother setting up a timelapse video for it!

And here's the video - so cute!

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That same morning we played around with flying some kites! :P


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And that night they had organised a family bonfire!



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Brother-sister timing on point :P

And cause hand sanitisation is always a laughing matter :P 


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As I mentioned earlier, my uncle built a temple in honour of my grandma.


Look at that heart garden! ❤️


I visited it as many times as I could while I was there, one time there were school kids there and it was just so sweet!





I never got to meet my Nani and she never got to meet me. She is the one and only person I wished I could have met. I think that's why this temple is so incredibly special for me.



And at night time, it has another kind of peace about it!

SECOND STOP: Cousin's place! 
Gurgaon, Haryana
Distance from Delhi: 32 km

I am so, so lucky to have a LOT of cousins (and some of the best!). My mum is the youngest of six siblings, so most of my cousins are married and have kids! Haha. Baby of the family, right here!

But when we went to stay with my cousin and his family, his mum and dad (my aunty and uncle) joined us too. But, my time was very much occupied by their little one! ☺️

Another cool thing about when we go to India, our family always makes effort to come from all over India to spend time with us. Two of my cousins who live close to Gurgaon just came and lived in the same house with us while we were there!

They stay in a gorgeous apartment complex (which constantly has golf buggys running around and from day one my brother and I wanted to drive one, and on our last night with the help of one staff member my cousin knew, we kinda hijacked one for a bit :P).



We did a bunch of shopping in this city! India never lacks variety :P 


This trooper kept herself entertained through the hours! #hideandseek


And lots of eating out!



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Poser! :P


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And my aunty duties were fully fulfilled with little miss!







It just so magically worked out that all overseas parts of my mum's family where in India at the same time! Us, from Australia, my cousins from the Philippines and my cousins from the U.K.!

So our family had organised for a whole family reunion!



THIRD STOP: Dad's Family! 
Delhi, India
Distance from Delhi: 0km

 Now this was a very quick stopover at the end of our trip, so they had organised for all of us to go on a family picnic (including the new wife and husband :)).



So. much. food. That whole hamper is filled to the top with food. The only way Indians do it.


Indian version of crackers and cheese?


Another snack!


And a man casually walking around with 50 bags of fairy floss on a stick :P

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For some weird reason they didn't allow cricket bats into the grounds, but that doesn't stop these boys! :P Hahaha, I loved this!


We have a problem. Couldn't just do sandwiches, after all? I guess? Haha.


Kulfi (or Indian Ice Cream, as I like to call it) is the best! 


And then some last minute jobs and things to pick up from the nearby markets, which my cousins and I went back and forth from with a rickshaw :P

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And that was it, Ladies and Gentlemen!

The end of my month long trip to India!

I hope you guys enjoyed getting some insight to the incredible and insane country that is India :P

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Click here for my first India post,
And here for part two of my India posts!

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❤️Raashi
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20 comments:

  1. this looks so awesome, i would absolutely love to visit india one day!

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. Thanks so much, Danielle! You definitely should, it's such a unique country! :)

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  2. SO.MUCH.FOOD. I just ate and you're making me hungry again haha :D
    It's so cool that you hang out in the rooftops! It's like something out of a movie :D I really like your photos and that you showed us so much. It is always nice to get to know other cultures :)


    aluminah.wordpress.com

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    1. Hahaha, whoops, I'm sorry *monkey covering eyes emoji* :P
      Oh my goodness, old Indian rooftops are my absolute favourite things!
      Aww, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much, Rory :)

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  3. How fun, Looks like you had an awesome trip!

    http://xoxobella.com

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    1. Thank you, Bella! It definitely was :)

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  4. It really seems like you had the trip of a lifetime! I love all the roof-hangouts. That's the best thing to do in the summer. The food looks delicious. Also very curious about that Mcdonald's lol!

    Laura
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    1. Thanks for reading, Laura! The rooftops were the best! Hehe, Indian McDonald's is interesting to say the least... :P

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  5. How touching that your uncle built a temple in honour of your grandmother! The heart-shaped garden is so cute! Also, with each photo, I want to taste some Indian food as soon as possible :)

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    1. It is honestly the most peaceful, beautiful place. I feel so, so thankful to have that there <3
      Hehe, sorry about that! I definitely get very spoilt with all the Indian food! :)

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  6. Wow, you managed to pack a lot in!! What an incredible woman your Nani must have been and how lovely it is that you all have that temple to visit in her honour - beautiful! I tried kulfi the other day in a restaurant here in Exeter, they were delicious! No idea how authentic they were but hey :D xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Travel, Food, Italy

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    1. Oh my gosh, Lucy, it was definitely so, so hectic! Haha.
      Thank you so much for saying that, I feel so blessed to have that temple there <3
      Oh my gosh, yay! I LOVE kulfi! And not to worry, it would have been super authentic! There's not too many ways you can screw it up which is helpful :P

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  7. I love how you have enjoyed your time and made some amazing memories that you will cherish forever. That is what life is all about- making the best memories with your loved ones! I loved having an insight on what India is like.
    Ramsha | Rose
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    1. Awww Ramsha, that's such a lovely comment - that's definitely what life is all about!
      Thank you so much for reading! :)

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  8. I literally spent so long scrolling, oooohing and ahhhing over this post Raashi! This trip must take some beating - especially after that wedding!

    Also,I need me some laddoos! Tell me more! Is it bad I'm always really attracted to the food in your posts!? :P

    Musings & More

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    1. Hahaha, awww I love that you enjoyed it, Emily! It was most definitely a very, very lovely and packed trip!

      Oooh, yes, you must get your hands on some! They're quite sugary and sweet, but in small does, so, so yummy! Haha, *monkey covering eyes emoji*, that is not bad at all! ...Is it bad that I post so many photos of food? :P I'm a bit of a foodie to say the least!

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  9. Wow, so great to catch up on some of your trip! It looks like you had the most amazing time. How wonderful to get to see so much of your family. I love the pictures of those amazing dresses and all the roof-top snaps especially. xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Miranda! Haha, a big family all over India - it's definitely a lot of fun! :)

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  10. This trip looks so interesting! I love learning about new cultures and your photos are gorgeous! Lovely post :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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    1. Thank you, Sarah!!! I'm glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading! :)

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