S: INDIA 2010-2011
BC: Ben & Laura Our Trip to INDIA December 2010 - January 2011
1: India December 2010 - January 2011
2: We traveled to India to visit for Prashant Golecha's wedding. Everywhere we went we were greeted as special guests...with flower necklaces, markings placed on our foreheads, and even having our feet kissed! | ! | Indian Greetings | Our hotel room | Arriving in Pune
3: The Golecha house
4: The women dress so beautifully.
5: The People of India
6: The wedding had so many events. It lasted for more than 5 days. Every day we were in for a new adventure. And, they sure did feed us plenty at each event! | WEDDING CELEBRATIONS
7: The Indian people were so kind to always make us feel special. They even made sure that Laura's arms got all decorated. | Pretty hilarious entertainment | With Prashant and Neja
8: Streets | Out on the | Tuk Tuk ride!
12: elephant | an | right in the middle of town!
13: The wedding parade through town was something special! The groom rode on the elephant, while the rest of us danced in the streets and rode on camels...right along side the everyday traffic. | Now this is India!
14: Wedding ceremony!
15: During the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom families chanted back and forth, and even ordered Domino's pizza. Afterwards, there was a feast. They even fed Laura by hand into her mouth.
16: A spectacular night | The celebrations were grand...from the bride and groom being lifed onto the stage by a crane to dance performances (even by us). And, everyone was dressed up so beautifully | Our gifts as honored guests were flower necklaces and coconuts!
17: Practicing our dance moves
18: Blessing ceremony | Beautiful wedding rituals | The bride leaves the home of her parents
19: The bride sat, and could ask for anything she wanted from her visitors.
20: Intricate attire
22: Mumbai Since Laura had her purse taken...we got to go throught the adventure of filing a police report, and going to the US Embassy for new passports. | This little kid begged Ben for money. He followed us for at least a mile, running after us in our car.
23: New passports | Taj Hotel | Mc Donalds... at last | Gate of India | With our driver, Sudir
24: Mumbai Sites
25: New Friends | Kishur | Prashant's sisters | Scott | Aarti | Julie
26: Life in | A toilet | A shower
27: The Market | India | A necklace being made for Laura...a special necklace that only married women wear. | Ben trying on his new attire
28: Some things we saw along the way... | Lavasa
29: Indian Ocean
30: Farewell to our new friends