A Passage to India {Delhi}

March 28, 2013

Oh my... while browsing through all the India-Pictures I realised that I am just not able to pick only a few for a post. I miss India and there are so many pictures I like and want to show you, that I decided to make a little series out of it, which will pop up from time to time here on the blog. I don't have a real plan for it - I think I will split the posts according to our itinerary and maybe do extra posts for some locations (hello Palace of Winds). Let's see where it takes us :)

I shot most of the pictures with this little chap here left: the very first camera of my own. Back then, I didn't really think about photography as such, I just tried to take the whole of India into this tiny pink box and home with me.


To describe Delhi, where we started our journey seems to me utterly impossible. After almost 24 hours on a plane (due to technical problems, but that's another story...), the vibrance of Delhi overwhelmed me. It was my first time out of Europe and I cannot describe the feeling I had when we left the Indira Ghandi Airport and went into Delhi. I had in me a nervous cocktail of happiness, fear, fatigue, total excitement. Do you know the feeling when the ends of your nerves seem to peek out of your body? I took in all the noise, dust, heat,  and colour. I didn't know where to look first, what to hear first, what to smell first. I have to admit I was a bit overstrained. But India has a magic potion for such situations: Chai! We stopped at a tea trolley on a street corner where I met my first real chai walla who sold me my first chai in India. I will never forget the magic of the warm, sweet chai that morning.

After that I was ready to explore Delhi, it's vibrant, colourful streets, the quiet corners, the monuments and sights. And for now, I will let my pictures take over the narration, since I find it hard, as mentioned above, to put Delhi into words.

Furthermore, I would like to recommend this great article by Priya who describes her first visit to Delhi and finds the words I were looking for and puts Delhi into her wonderful illustrations: click


  1. I can't even imagine what it would be like to visit India - having seen it on television it seems like completely sensory overload to me! That being said, I think it would be an amazing place to see and photograph; am looking forward to seeing more of your images :)

    1. Thank you! And yes, it's definitely an amazing place for photography, too! An endless range of colour, it seems...

  2. Thank you, Tracy! We were there in October 2008 - definitely time to visit again! Where did your niece travel? Great that she loved it!

  3. I asked my niece and she said she was in Pune, which a few hours from Mumbai in the state of Maharastra.

  4. Indien muss faszinierend sein. So anders als alles bisher gesehene.Voller Farben und GerĂ¼che.

  5. Hang on…are you telling me you took these photos with the little hello kitty camera or am I being thick? If so, it certainly proves the rule that it's all about the photographer, not the camera! Either way, the busy street shots and the arches are stunning!
    Funny history of your blog name :) I recently bought in a secondhand book shop a Penguin first edition of Margery Allingham's The Beckoning Lady. I love it's quaint old fashioned englishness!!