India! A feast for the senses…(or is that too cliché?)
Turqoise blue water in front of a gleaming white Taj Mahal with colorful camels marching across the screen. This is the ad that the tourism ministry has touted as “Incredible India!” And, it is incredible! And overwhelming, and teeming with people, and an affront to your senses, and so much more.
I had heard over and over how hard India can be on someone who is not used to the crowds, the noise, the smells. Even as a seasoned traveler, I felt it was best to try and find someone to take over the business of getting us around, so I booked us a private tour, and I’m ever thankful I did.
Instead of worrying whether or not I picked the best hotel, or got the best price, or figuring out how to interpret the train schedules, I just had to worry about having a good time. The very first day, outside of the Red Fort in New Delhi, India was in my face! I love it, every bit of it. The saris, the motorized rickshaws, the mobs of people, the masala chai, the dogs, the everything.
I do have to say, though, that when we visited the Taj Mahal, the water was not turquoise and I didn’t see any camels. Hmmm.
Have you been to India? Were you overwhelmed? But did you love it?
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