India will change you. It’ll take you out of your comfort zone and you’ll not want to find your way back. Maybe 😉
Most people love India and it’s people, and admittedly a very small number find it a step too far.
Whatever you feel it’s unforgettable.
You just need to be aware that it will seem contradictory, and unfathomable but it’s a good thing.
It helps to find somewhere extra easy for the first few days while you find your feet.
If we’re from the west. We often wish to experience, analyse and understand. We try to place things in boxes and stick on a label. India by contrast is consistently inconsistent, so to put it mildly you need to expect the unexpected.
It can’t really be boxed.
It’s important that you ‘go with the flow’ you might be the equivalent of bobbing about in the river, shooting the rapids or on the ups and downs of the rollercoaster.
But whilst it’s exhilarating just follow the basic traveller rules and it’s safe with mostly helpful people that want you to love their country.
At times it can feel a bit full-on and in-your-face, so you may need to build in places to stay or find hangouts that provide some respite so you can just switch it off.
There’s a great article on the BBC that might help, check:
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Been coming to India for 16 years. Toured throughout the country including staying with Stephen in Mysore. Have only scratched the surface! My top three places in no particular order – Amritsar, Varanasi and Haridwar. Top tip – go by train and interact with people. My longest train journey so far Chennai to Agra a total of 27 hours. The time flew past.
Dave ‘the cab’ London
Thanks Dave, great to hear from you and I hope all is well. Absolutely agree. Travel by train provides great opportunities to rub shoulders and meet wonderful people. I’ve only visited one of your three. That was Varanasi. I’ve been fortunate to go a few times, sometimes for work. Been there in two VERY special events: Holi and Diwali. I’ll put the other two on my list! Stephen