Travel with us! DIANA ARNO takes you East to the land of Sun and gold – India

Painted elephants, mysterious temples, golden forts, holy cows and colourful children –
our girl, the editor-in- chief of Iluguru magazine Kristiina Virt discovers the beauties of
India all dressed in DIANA ARNO.

India is an enigma to any city-girl. It’s overwhelming culture, traditions and the indescribable
contrasts between the unwitnessed poverty and royal luxury that will almost put you into a
trance without any need for meditation. “I never dreamed of visiting India,” says Kristiina. “I
always thought I would never fit a place where my hippie-minded friends found themselves
being so happy and natural. And they came back in their baggy tie-dye trousers with stories
that reminded of documentary movies and cameras full of incredible pictures and videos. I
wasn’t sure I had the stomach for such an adventure, but curiosity won – immersing yourself
in a different culture can be quite a creative catalyst.”

To escape the civilisation, see one of the seven wonders of the world and maybe buy a magic
flying carpet, she headed to the airport with a backpack stuffed with shorts, hopes and
beautiful dresses to the land of gods and belly dances. “The miracles started as soon as we
landed in New Delhi and dived into the noisy, polluted chaos with crazy traffic, women
wearing saris and cows literally walking down the streets. All of my thoughts about peace
and unity with nature vanished immediately, but all too soon, right after I started actually
loving the atmosphere filled with happy colours and strong smell of curry, we were off to
Agra to see the magical Taj Mahal. When after a long car ride, we were finally there, I felt
like I was having a lesson in geometry taught by the architectural marble floors and richly
decorated walls. Next stop: Jaipur, the capital of Rajastan known for two things girls love
most: palaces and jewels. No wonder I fell in love with its beautiful views immediately! One
month in India passed as a ride on a cultural merry-go- round taking us from one place to
another. Did I start understanding India? No, and nor did I buy any pair of Aladdin pants. But
all I can dream about is to get there back as soon as possible!”

Read the full story here: kais-indias- otsisin-seiklusi- kuid-
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Photos by Dmitry Knut