Mandy’s Health, food & Beauty Blog: India – New Delhi

June 30, 2015 by Mandy Glasbergen

HEALTH

Last week I was in New Delhi, the capital of India. It’s a big country: 75 times larger than The Netherlands!

I was there for work and visiting my friends: the best combination 😉

Funny thing about India: you can go for skiing in one part of the country and in the other part it is 48 degrees!

It was 48 degrees! I used sun protection with factor 50 and often wore my cap. People are walking around with umbrellas as well.

It’s a tropic country. You need to drink plenty of water! You can’t drink the tap water in India. There is bottled water for sale everywhere; you should notice carefully that the cap of the bottle is sealed. Also do not eat raw, uncooked or partially cooked food or vegetables (salads) and unwashed vegetables. Preferably, choose fruit that you can peel yourself. Don’t eat to spicy either, we are not used to this lifestyle! Keep that in mind.

I have only eaten in good restaurants, so for me it was all fine 😉

The best Restaurant in New Delhi for diner with Indian food:  ‘’Dakshin’’. Based in Sheraton Hotel. They have an extensive menu and delicious coconut water 😉 Fresh & healthy!

For lunch, you have an AMAZING place:”The Oberoi Gurgaon” I love the design of the hotel!! It’s really new.

In India it’s 3,5 hours later than in Holland, so I didn’t have a real jetlag.

One moment you see monkeys on the road, cows walking on the street, 6 people on one scooter, people begging, bulky waste, poor hovels and then, 5 minutes later, you arrive in your hotel; people are opening the door for you and you are in the ‘’rich’’ part. This was really difficult for me to see. I wish I could help all those people outside!

I have also visit Terragalleria, Indian Gate, Chatarpur temple and the Lotus Temple. Beautiful!

FOOD

Indian Food:

I finally found a country where there are lots of vegetarians!

80% of the people in India are Hindu. Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world.

Most of them live without eating meat.

The Indian kitchen is extremely varied. A meal in India usually consists of rice with curries and bread. Curry is prepared with a mixture of herbs and spices combined with meat, fish or vegetarian dishes. Especially the vegetarian dishes are well represented.

A meal prepared with curry can vary from mild to very hot. Therefore if you are good at eating curries, do not take too much! our body is often not accustomed to fatty and spicy food. Indians eat bread with almost every meal. The best known are naan bread and chiapati.

India’s national drink is tea or chai. The tea is mixed with spices, water, milk and sugar and is a good thirst quencher. There is also Lassi, a traditional yogurt drink diluted with water. Alcohol is a Western value to Indian standards. Relatively expensive.

BEAUTY

Lucky, my (model) friend and I had a massage at 7* Hotel ’The Oberoi Amarvilas’ in Agra. We had a Shirodhara Massage.

Shirodhara is an ancient Indian therapy using warmth, essential oils which flow from a specially designed copper vessel. A gentle stream of warm oil is directed onto the forehead which in turn triggers healing, restores balanced health and calms the mind.

This massage was so relaxed! After that we went to the steam pool as well.

We also went to the swimming pool. I just forgot my bikini, so I had to wear my sexy ‘’Speedo’’ hihi. We were so lucky we could use all of this! A nice ladies day!

The hotel was beautiful, wow! We had an amazing view from our room. We could see the Taj Mahal. Of course we have visited that as well!

Amazing piece of art! No wonder that it is one of the 7 wonders of the world!

It was just so hot outside: 48 degrees! Almost melting 😉

Modeling in India:

I worked for the agency ‘’Karmamodels’’. They are based in New Delhi and in Mumbai.

http://www.karmamodels.in

The owners are really nice and professional! I could stay longer but I had my work in The Netherlands as well. Network and going out is really easy in New Delhi. You meet so many people in such a short time! I met a producer and some people from Bollywood/Bombay. I could go to Bombay directly after New Delhi and work for Inega models, but I have my work in Holland, so maybe later 🙂 You have to make choices in life 😉 Sometimes I wish I could be in 2 places in the same time haha!

I had an amazing time in India! It’s such a beautiful country. I saw the most beautiful places in New Delhi in a really short time. Only the huge difference between rich and poor was hard to see…

The people are very kind, respectful and close with there family. A lot of people, also my firends, have family business, so it’s really important to be close with them because you’re working together!

To see more of this amazing country you need to stay a long time! I will definitely go back, probably to Bombay! That is the biggest city of India. There are a lot of fabrics there… I will not say anything yet, but I’m working on a nice project right now!

Stay tuned;)

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

Explore. Dream. Discover.

With lots of love,

Mandy Glasbergen

Tags: Blog, India, Lifestyle, new delhi, Spas

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