Trip Start Sep 01, 2011
38Trip End Sep 01, 2013
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There are a few photos of Delhi (but we didn't take much), we also added to this entry photos of our month and a half in india!)
INDIA, is the 7th largest country on earth, the second-most populated with over 1.2 billion people on the slow path to progress.
Home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, four of the world's major religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism- originated here
With one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, it has certainly made
giant strides over the past decade. However, it still faces deep socio-economic issues (extreme poverty, overpopulation, education, corruption at every level of society (read: Arundhati Roy "Listening to Grasshoppers") , terrorism, regional violence, deep-rooted inequalities, and a growing wealth gap).
More than any other place on the planet, it combines horror and
beauty, poverty and wealth, history and modernity,...
We had heard a lot of things about travelling in India, from the craziest stories and warnings ("Prepare for some ass-grabbing") , to the breathtaking beauties...
A lot of people say " You either LOVE it or HATE it"
Some people come and leave the next day
Some people love it so much, they 'll spend 6 months instead of 2.
If you are planning a trip to India, here is a few advice:
First thing you need to do is to : LET GO!
Let go of your fears, of your anxieties, of your comfort, of your guidebook,
of your ego, and of your beliefs...
And start experiencing to the fullest !
Sure people will always try to ripe you off, but can you blame them ? It's written "money bags" on our foreheads, fate had it that we were lucky enough to be born in this part of the world.
Sure everything isn't exaclty "clean" , especially if you're on a tight budget, but who cares sleeping in their sleeping bags, showering with a bucket, and no hot water, or getting sick a lot because of street food?!
Girls should still be careful, indian guys can be really rude and with wandering hands!
If you say you are married they'll stop, so best you wear a ring.
With the high death rates of road accidents in India, pray on your bus journey (especially if you go to the mountains!) or try your best when walking in the streets to not get hit by a rickshaw, car, bus, biclycles or cow ! :) (we're joking of course!)
Go off the bitten track, travel the roads less traveled by... (except for Bir we didn't go outside the tourist areas... huge regret!)
Learn a bit of Hindi, it's always well appreciated by the locals.
And most important: Be prepare to expect the unexpected, because
nothing in India ever quite works out the way you planned
People don't go to India to experience India, they go to experience themselves in India.
The journey starts inwards.
They go to pit themselves against the crowds, chaos and poverty.
They go to experience the open and unabashed spirituality.
They go to test their egos, which India alternately builds up and smashes apart in the blink of a street child's eye.
Even if you didn't come here on a spiritual journey, or to restore your enthusiasm for life, or your faith in the world, India will not leave you indifferent.
People go to India somehow knowing they will be forever changed and not exactly knowing how.
But India is a master, a guru, who takes people where they need to go and teaches them what they need to learn..
India promises to jostle your entire being, and no matter where you go or what you do, it’s a place you’ll never forget.
Our whole indian experinece was by large our favourite time of our year...
But India were not finished with you, we'll be back again and again...
Shukhriya India! :)