7 Super Shots – India Edition

Hostelbookers started a tag game in the travel blogging community — 7 Super Shots, encouraging people to share their favorite travel photos in seven categories.

Carlo & Geneva from Travel Budget Couple nominated us to pick our 7 super shots of travel photography. We figured it would be a good opportunity for us to share recent pictures of our adventures in India. We’re over a month behind on the blog anyways. :)

So here you go, our 7 super shots – India edition:

1) A photo that takes our breath away:


If this is going to be an India edition post, it certainly isn’t going to be a photo of cow poo that takes your breath away. The Taj Mahal is one of those incredible sights that literally takes your breath away. And if for some wacky reason it doesn’t, it’s story, a symbol of great love, will.

2) A photo that makes us laugh or smile


Meet Fleur. We met Fleur and her mother on our  2-day camel Safari in Jaisalmer. She’s a little hippie. Fearless and independent, she loves animals. Sweet enough to offer us biscuits with our Chai, but rebellious enough to throw water on her mother. LOL She’ll cuddle wild dogs, chase after goats and mock safari camels. Just thinking of her makes us smile every time.

3) A photo that makes us dream:


You can tell Fleur’s really made an impression on us if we used her twice. We’re at an abandoned village when Fleur climb the ledge and sat atop, starring out across the Thar desert, daydreaming maybe. Makes us want to see the world through a 5 year old’s eyes.

4) A photo that makes us think:


Beggars are nothing unusual to see in India. But for some reason, I was particularly drawn to this man in Delhi. He quietly, invisibly walks the streets of Pahar Ganj market. I half wanted to stop him, curious to know where he’s been, where he’s going. We couldn’t help but wonder what’s going through his mind as he makes his way through the mayhem and noise that is Delhi.

5) A photo that makes our mouth water:


Street food in India. We avoided the cold, the yogurts and the plain weird looking stuff. But this – Samosa piping hot and made to order – we ate as often as it came. This particular vendor we found in Pushkar. Super spicy and delicious in every bite.

6) A photo that tells a story:


The women of India fascinate me. Quiet and reserved, we rarely had opportunities to interact with them. Most go about their day with daily chores, some hardly even made eye contacts. But their stories need not words nor eye contact. Pictures really tell all. Don’t you think?

7) A photo that we are most proud of (a.k.a worthy of National Geographic):


This Sadhu man was sitting in front of a temple in Udaipur when I took this photo. I felt that his appearance screamed India to me. I shouldn’t have been surprised when he asked for rupees right after taking the photo, we are in India after all.

There you have it – our super seven. We hope you enjoyed a snippet of our recent adventures in India.
To see more photos from India, check out our India photo album on our facebook page!

What’s your favorite shot?


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73 Responses to 7 Super Shots – India Edition

  1. Jimmy March 29, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    Fantastic shots. I especially love the Taj Mahal and the general use of colour in all of them

    • Kieu - GQ trippin March 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

      Thanks Jimmy! I love all the beautiful shades of India – so vibrant. Hard to take a dull photo, literally. :)

  2. Anonymous March 29, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Gorgeous! Now I REALLY want to get to India…

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin March 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

      Thanks Christine! It’s a country that leaves a strong impression on you in every way possible.

  3. Ashlee D. March 29, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    A friend RT’d your 7 shots, and I thought I’d check them out. They are simply stunning, and it’s difficult to say which one is my favorite! I absolutely love all the vibrant colors. I’m following :)

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin March 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

      Thanks Ashlee! India is definitely a country with vibrant colors, loud sounds, and crazy smells. Glad to hear we have new follower. :)

  4. Audrey Bergner March 29, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    I like the one of Fleur looking out over the dessert. She’s one lucky girl for sure! :D

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin March 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

      Yeah she is. She’s already been to India more times than we have!

  5. jenny@atasteoftravel March 29, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Stunning photos. I’m looking forward to reading your posts and being transported back to this fabulous country!

    • Kieu - GQ trippin March 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      Thanks! Sorry we’re a wee bit behind on the blog. But they’re coming! ;)

  6. Ruth Rieckehoff March 29, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Great, great photos!!! There are so many different sights in India. However, the photos of the little girl are some you would not expect to see in an India post. THat proves how travel has a big power to surprise.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin March 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

      She definitely took us by surprise. In a country that’s as unforgiving as India, she handled it way better than we did. Haha.

  7. Kelly Sok March 29, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Beautiful pictures!

  8. Technosyncratic March 29, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Your mouthwatering photo is legitimately making my mouth water – I miss good Indian food! And that last photo is stellar.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin March 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

      Makes my mouth water every time! Lol. Thanks for the comment. We can’t wait to see yours!

  9. Brock - Backpack with Brock March 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Amazing photos! I can’t decide which one I like best.

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin March 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

      It was hard for us to choose which ones to include in this post as well. Thanks for trippin by Brock!

  10. Carlo+Geneva March 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Whoaahhh. Stunning shots. Love ‘em all. This is just India. Can’t wait to see the rest.

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin March 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      Thanks for tagging us yo! You can get super shots at almost every corner you turn in India since everything is SO different there.

  11. Bao from Germany lol March 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Great shot of the Sadhu man, i think a tighter crop would be fantastic.

  12. Andrew Caldwell March 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Can’t wait to get there in May & sample the street food! Some very nice shots here.

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin March 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

      Thanks Andrew! The street food is something to not miss out on. They’re big on the desserts too. But be warned, India does their desserts SUPER sweet

  13. 30HomeGames March 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Its always tough when you can’t access people you’re curious or want to know more about, in regards to 4 & 6
    So many questions. It is rewarding when you finally break through though but it often takes time.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin March 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      Totally! I felt like I was just starting to get comfortable in India. We left too soon. You really need time to adjust. By the end of the trip though, I did manage to connect with some of the women. Eye contact and a smile was enough for me. :D

  14. devmills March 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    LOVE all your pics, guys, and thanks for tagging me! Oooh, now to choose my photos… I’m intimidated after seeing your incredible snaps!

    • Kieu - GQ trippin March 30, 2012 at 2:27 am #

      Psh! Don’t be – you take great photos. How’s your trip going to far?

  15. Fidel March 30, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    Thank you for tagging me. I feel inspired already.
    I love your photos. Yes my mouth is watering after the photo of the food. My favorite picture is the portrait of the Sadhu man.
    I recently wrote about a hotel that I dream of staying at in Udaipur. How did you like it there?

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin March 30, 2012 at 6:24 am #

      Anytime. Udaipur was one of our favorite cities. Smaller, quiet, and they have an obsession with James Bond’s Octopussy

  16. Anonymous March 30, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    Love, Love, Love your pictures. They really define India quite well: a country that brings color, dream, inspiration, flavor, experiences to your life. How I wish to go back!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin March 30, 2012 at 6:26 am #

      Agreed. India is brings every aspect of life out to the max. Thanks for trippin’ by!

  17. A Travel Broad March 30, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    That food looks DELICIOUS!!!

  18. Ayngelina March 30, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    Really lovely shots, my favourite is the street food in India although food photos are always my favourite.

  19. Sabrina March 30, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    Great shots! I love the little girl staring out in the desert. You’re so right! Makes you wonder what’s going through her mind.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin March 30, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      She really stole our hearts. We took so many photos of her at times we forgot we came for the desert. LOL. Maybe we’ll make a Fleur album on our FB page. ;)

  20. Wright2travel April 2, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    All I can say is – WOW! Your pics are amazing and really do tell the story of India! Looks like an amazing experience.

  21. Anonymous April 2, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Love the camel photo!

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

      Thanks! We took so many on our 2 day safari – still sorting out all the camels. LOL

  22. Laura and Claire April 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Such colorful shots! Makes me want to take the journey to India!!

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      India is one of the most colorful countries we’ve visited.. literally. Even the food is colorful!

  23. Cole and Adela April 3, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    Gorgeous and colourful photos! Can’t wait to visit India sometime soon :)

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 4, 2012 at 5:59 am #

      Thanks! India is really a colorful country. Hard to take a dull photo here. :)

  24. Nomadic Samuel April 9, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Great shots! These remind me of how badly I want to return to India.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 11, 2012 at 12:11 am #

      Thanks! Saw your Pushkar photo and made me desperately want a samosa. oH the samosa. ;)

  25. Anonymous April 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    All great shots of India. I have never been but these images are what come to mind in my imagination of the country.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 15, 2012 at 10:08 am #

      Countless photos can be taken almost anywhere in India that really showcase the essence of incredible India.

  26. Leah Travels April 16, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Oh, yes. Gerard must be our photographer on our Go with Oh girls’ trip! These are great!

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 17, 2012 at 3:57 am #

      Right?! Haha, he took most of our pictures in India. I think we’ll be in good hands. LOL. Let’s Go with Oh.. forreal!

  27. Johanna Bradley April 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Fleur gazing into the distance. Nice work!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin April 17, 2012 at 4:34 am #

      We could probably do a Super 7 shots with photos of Fleur alone! Thanks for trippin’ by!

  28. Andi Perullo April 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I love that you did an India edition, brilliant!!! Your shots are AMAZING!

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

      Thanks Andi! We didn’t really do much – India did most of the work. :)

  29. Stephen April 18, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    Love the last one. I usually won’t ever pay for a photo, but I’d make an exception for those Indian guys.

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin April 18, 2012 at 1:53 am #

      I would’ve maybe tipped him if he could play some good music or do some kind of juggling act.

  30. Jenna April 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    These are all lovely. I can see why you were so taken with Fleur. There is nothing as pure as the perspective of a young child.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 19, 2012 at 12:26 am #

      I honestly can say, she taught us so much. Our perspective on how we travel – to see the world through her eyes was such an eye opener. Thank you for your comment!

  31. Michi April 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    This is by far my favorite 7 Super Shots. I enjoyed each and every photo, and its story. You’re photographs are so colorful and magical.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 19, 2012 at 12:27 am #

      Aww thanks so much. We really enjoyed putting it together. Didn’t have to do much though – India is naturally that raw, colorful and definitely magical. :)

  32. Fidel May 8, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    I have not forgotten about my tag here. Need to get on it!

  33. BA May 14, 2012 at 2:58 am #

    I love it! Most definitely approved! :) My favorite would be the last one. Although most of these are all magazine worthy. I think that shot takes the award. I love how the man’s joyful look along with the colors along with the horizontal patterns. Looking forward to see more!

    • BA May 14, 2012 at 2:59 am #

      The beggar also tells a good story. Very dark and serious.

  34. Miyudreams May 27, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    AMAZING photos! Love it!

  35. Svetlana September 4, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Awesome selection of photos. How about sharing your pictures with our game? http://blog.booked.net/2012/08/14/join-our-blogger-promotion-capture-the-seasons/

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin September 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

      Thanks. We’ll look at our photo gallery to see if we have something worthy. :)

  36. Jeremy E. Hahn October 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    These are indeed stunning shots. The story of Fleur is a nice touch… Kids have a way of making us think differently about the world, don’t they?

    • Kieu - GQ trippin October 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

      Absolutely! We still talk about her to this day. Even kept in contact with her mom. :)


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