India is huge and exceptionally diverse. It is the home to Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Jews, and landscapes that range from the world’s highest mountain ranges to tropical coasts. India has an almost endless variety of people and places to explore. It is impossible to take in all of India on one trip.
The most important advice I can give anyone traveling to India is to spend the time to understand what confronts you rather than judging it on first acquaintance as I did in the first 3 days of my trip…the chaos, poverty and filth enveloped me upon my arrival in Mumbai and I questioned why I had chosen to travel to this faraway land…however, after relaxing and remembering I was there to experience a different culture, the allure of India unfolded before me.
My journey began with two days in Mumbai and then off to Delhi to join a tour of the Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle Tour is a classical Indian tour that starts out in Delhi and includes visits to Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, the Amber Fort, Jaipur and Udaipur. Side trips to Khajuraho and Varanasi were added so I could explore the intricate and sensuous temples in Khajuraho and visit the holiest of all places in India – the Ganges River at Varanasi.