Photo Essay: UW in India

Photos by Nichole Springer, (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Student Correspondent UW in India, Fall 2016

Kangchendzonga mountain view in Darjeeling for our Diwali break.

Kangchendzonga mountain view in Darjeeling for our Diwali break.

 

Our view of the Krishna Lila: a play about how Krishna subdued a fearsome snake. (Next to our boat was the King of Varanasi)

Our view of the Krishna Lila: a play about how Krishna subdued a fearsome snake. (Next to our boat was the King of Varanasi)

 

Multiple dyes that we come across during one of our Friday class walks.

Multiple dyes that we come across during one of our Friday class walks.

 

We were ready for our first Indian wedding. How do we look?

We were ready for our first Indian wedding. How do we look?

 

That one time we made it into the Varanasi newspapers from the Krishna lila

That one time we made it into the Varanasi newspapers from the Krishna lila.

 

It was my birthday this month! Everyone surprised me with a cool hat, a cake, flowers, and great memories!

It was my birthday this month! Everyone surprised me with a cool hat, a cake, flowers, and great memories!

 

Looking at the sunset while riding the Darjeeling Toy Train: A UNESCO recommended experience.

Looking at the sunset while riding the Darjeeling Toy Train: A UNESCO recommended experience.

 

It was Diwali! There were so many fireworks and light everywhere.

It was Diwali! There were so many fireworks and light everywhere.

 

 In Gantok, Sikkim we learned more about Tibetan Buddhism.

In Gantok, Sikkim we learned more about Tibetan Buddhism.

 

We can’t go to Darjeeling without trying tea!

We can’t go to Darjeeling without trying tea!

 

On our Friday class walk about the weaving community in Varanasi. Here the pure silk warp is being stretched and prepared.

On our Friday class walk about the weaving community in Varanasi. Here the pure silk warp is being stretched and prepared.

 

People from the rooftop of a weaving family say hello.

People from the rooftop of a weaving family say hello.

 

Sitting in a traditional silk shop, learning about the different types of silk and cotton mixtures that are made and sold.

Sitting in a traditional silk shop, learning about the different types of silk and cotton mixtures that are made and sold.

 

 It was chaat puja- a special time to worship the sun god in Varanasi.

It was chaat puja- a special time to worship the sun god in Varanasi.

 

Dev Diwali. All the ghats were bright with lamps and lights on the night of the full, and super, moon.

Dev Diwali. All the ghats were bright with lamps and lights on the night of the full, and super, moon.

 

Large crowds

Large crowds

 

The lamps were even made into different designs.

The lamps were even made into different designs.

 

We begin our walk we take everyday to the program house.

We begin our walk we take everyday to the program house.

 

One of my favorite animals here in Varanasi: the buffalo.

One of my favorite animals here in Varanasi: the buffalo.