Short version: I uploaded pictures of our trip to India.
This is the route we chose in the end:
Parts 1-5 are also known as the “Golden Triangle” and is where most tourist offices are likely to send you… although the ones in Delhi tried to send us to Kashmir a couple of times, which looked absolutely fantastic but we didn’t feel safe doing. :-)
Some people predicted us the “Delhi shock” and we sure experienced it on our first day there. Deciding to “just walk out for a bit and see what happens” caused us a few raised eyebrows from the hotel reception and we found out why: we were out in Pahar Ganj on an extremely busy, extremely hot and stifling Monday and almost every third person on the street asked us where we’re from, if they can sell us something, if we want to go to some shop they can recommend, if we can give them some money, and so on. Kids and old people were lying and sitting in the dirt, tried to make a bit of money from the little they had. Some scenes on the street were piteous, the sheer amount of people we attracted was overwhelming and the climate only bearable if you found a shady spot somewhere and didn’t move. Once we started exploring the city, we slowly got used to constantly being approached.
After lots of thinking, checking, consultations with tourist offices, talking to members of the very helpful Ubuntu India team (YAY!), we decided on the route above, knew we’d definitely come back to Delhi and see more of it. After our first day we were happy to move on and see some more of the country.
I know you expect the “this is what we did on day 1, this is what we did on day 2, nice pictures, etc” here and I started writing it, extending it, changing it a couple of times and so on. Describing just bits here and bits there didn’t seem right to me. If you want to know more about the trip, maybe want to see some more pictures (we did like 1200 of them), talk to me, I’m happy to go into full detail.
The trip was amazing and a great experience. India is just an country we definitely want to go back to. It was great meeting Vivek in Delhi (thanks again!), 3 weeks of vegetarian Indian food were just awesome (we didn’t feel like we were missing anything are ‘hobby vegetarians’ since). There were just so many things that impressed me deeply: the deep religious beliefs, the social interaction of people in their daily lives, the strong will to make something good happen, the friendly people, the foothills of the Himalaya, the bright colours, the music and lots of other little things made this trip so great.
Future tours I could imagine:
- the coasts
- the Northeast
- and all the other tours you’re going to tell me about.
Enjoy the pictures.