At the end of 2011, I was invited by a friend to join a Facebook community called Nomadness. Having little information at that stage, it was simply explained to me as a global community of urban travellers that I should join because I too, loved to travel.
Within days of joining the Nomadness Travel Tribe, it was clear that this was more than a travel group. It’s a global community that has now amassed more than 9,000 members. Whilst the majority of members are based in the U.S. there are many expats around the world that contribute and participate in what has recently become known by the term #familybychoice. After more than three years in the group, I gained a place on my first Tribe trip to India.
Coordinated by Evita Robinson founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe, trips are coordinated for tribe members who want to travel together. Each trip is created with a shoestring budget in mind to make it accessible to all: the trip to India involved spending time in Jaipur, Agra and Pushkar.
The visit was a real trip of a lifetime. We witnessed Holika Dahan also known as the lighting of bonfire that takes place on the eve of the annual exuberant Holi festival – India’s most dazzling celebration – that transformed the streets into a kaleidoscope of colour.
Holi is a time when shops and businesses close down for the day as Indians gather together with family, friends and others in the community to throw powder bombs and fire water pistols as they run through the streets. The festival is meant to symbolise the triumph of good over evil, the importance of love and of happiness, and supports the formation of new friendships – an ideal festival to be experienced amongst friends of the Nomadness Travel Tribe.
Not only this but I was able to experience a memorable visit to the one and only Taj Mahal – the most extravagant monument of love that’s ever been built – in addition to Amber Fort, Monkey Temple, exploring the markets of Pushkar and shopping for my very first sari.
The trip was full of surprises at every turn. From having a palm reading to experiencing the diversity of such a rich culture, India surpassed my expectations. Check out the photos below as highlights of my time in India with the Nomadness Travel Tribe.