Everyone said we were crazy to take a trip to India. “Why would you want to take a trip to INDIA?” they said. It’s nasty, it’s dirty, it’s full of beggars! Well, it IS that but it’s also so much more.
“Incredible India” is a land of friendly people who will accommodate most any wish if you just ask. It is, not surprisingly, a land of contrasts, especially because each state has its own distinct language and none resemble the other. From lush green mountainous terrain to desert-like plains and hills to gorgeous tea and spice plantations as far as the eye can see to Venice-like canal backwaters.
It is also said that no one does ‘hospitality’ like India’s people and this too is true. During our trip to India, the service was, at times, over-the-top for us.
But India is mostly a veritable assault on the senses.
Freshly squeezed juices of all kinds – mango, watermelon, apple, kiwi – and the yoghurt drinks they make with them (lassies)
Fresh spices in the food or drink – basil, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and others in clever combinations
Eating with your hands, no matter how gooey the food
Jostling and bumping while shopping at the marketplace, packed into tiny sidewalks like sardines (think super amped up bargain basement shopping)
Stares boring into us from curious schoolkids to families who couldn’t help themselves (we posed for lots of photos and selfies with these people who clearly viewed us as oddities)
Frenetic Indians crowding to board and disembark flights…they say there is nothing to match this free-for-all like in India
In short, the naysayers were very wrong, though it is not travel for the faint of heart as the culture, food, customs, sights, etc. are SO much different from here. But, if you can get into an adventure mindset, I would highly recommend a trip to India as the education of a lifetime.
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