Photo Essay: UW in India

Photos by Madeline Titus (American University) Student Correspondent UW in India: Varanasi, Fall 2017

White Dog

My host family has a dog, named Chicu – this is a picture after he was blessed by a local Hindu priest durning Durga Puja.


Mural of Goddess Durga

A painting of the goddess Durga – who is a warrior Hindu goddess. My family celebrated a puja to her. The city itself set up multiple places/tents where statues and paintings of Durga hung – sort of a temporary temple.


Waterfall under bridge

A group of us went to a nature reserve on a Saturday. The highlights included the view as well as a monkey stole our loaf of bread for sandwiches in the first 10 minutes of being there. The only downfall was we didn’t have any food, so had to leave early.


Taj Mahal

We spent a week-long traveling seminar with the professors and program staff. We traveling to the cities of Agra, Jaipur and Delhi. This picture is of me in front of the Taj Mahal in Agra. The site was absolutely beautiful.


Walking through a palace

A personality picture of Ashely, Ximena and Kalady walking through a palace in Jaipur.


Food stall

Harini Ji, one of the professors took us to her favorite street food stall places where we ate samosas, Jalebi(fried sugar) and other deliciously fried vegetables and food.



Karissa at a Mosque in Delhi called, Jama Masjid – we were able to climb to the top of one of the Minarets (tall pillars) and even see a few relics of the Prophet, truly an amazing experience!


Pots and chapati

On our last day in Delhi we visited the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, it is a prominent Sikh places of worship in India. A key value of Sikhism is hospitality – thus they serve a daily meal for all people, free of charge. The meal is largely prepared by volunteers as well. After we finished our meal, we were able to walk/tour the kitchens were the food is prepared in massive pots. They even have a chapati(unleavened bread) machine!