All images taken by Victoria Hulbert.

These photos were taken in Northern India--from New Delhi to Agra, through Rajasthan and onto Jaisalmer in the Thar Desert. I spent a month in India near the end of a much longer backpacking trip and it was a country that overwhelmed me, challenged me, and finally, right when I was about to leave, let me in. I got stared at and grabbed at and got so sick that I spent days in bed. I met other travelers that inspired me, locals that were so eager to show me the best of their hometowns. I ate street food that deserves awards and saw more beauty than I thought possible in a single nation. It's a country that is as hard to love as it is to understand but once it's got its hold on you, I hear it's got you for life. I can't wait to visit again.