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Travel Moment: Getting a Henna Tattoo

[ 1 ] May 3, 2011 |

Henna Tattoo

Henna Tattoo’s known in ‘Hindi’ as Mehndi are traditional, decorative temporary tattoo’s from India.  These intricate designs typically feature flowers, vines, leaves and paisley and are traditionally painted on the hands or feet using dye made from the henna plant.  In Hindu tradition Henna Tattoo’s are usually adorned for ceremony’s. Brides traditionally have Henna Tattoo’s painted on their hands and feet prior their wedding ceremony.


When I went to Singapore back in 2009 I chose to stay in Little India as I figured it would be a few years until I got to India myself so in the meantime Little India would be the next best thing.  I wanted to experience as much Indian culture as I could, I ate Indian food, I drunk endless lassi’s, I bought Indian jewelery and stopped just short of buying and wearing a sari.  But there was one thing I just had to do, that was get a Henna Tattoo. I loved watching the artist adorn my hand with the beautifully intricate design.  It’s such a delicate art form and the end result was simply stunning, something I couldn’t help but brag about for weeks to come!

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About onurwaytravel: Colin has been travelling the world with his young family for the past 2 and half years. He runs a couple of websites all revolve around travel, family travel and digital nomadism. His websites include,, and now View author profile.

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  1. One of my most favorite travel moments was getting henna in Mumbai!

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