How could I describe my 12 week trip around India? A sensory overload, a culturally enriching experience, at times shocking yet eye-opening, and a journey of discovery (self and otherwise).
On my first day arriving into New Delhi airport, I was overcome with shock. I experienced an assault of the senses: the things I saw, the smells, the noise, the heat. Eventually, I was completely overcome with despair after being sick with Delhi belly for several days. With the last thread of hope I had, I entrusted a travel agent to help me get around the country.
I showed him a list of places I wanted to visit and told him I had three months to see it all. He suggested that my original plan to double-back through Delhi was a gross waste of time and money – so we decided on the following route, to be travelled with train, bus and car.
This India recap has some detail on the cities I visited.
Mathura – Vrindavan
Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve
Ajmer – Pushkar
Then I had plans to go to Nepal and hike Mount Everest – that flight was scheduled for May 1, 2015. I was thankful to have avoided the devastation, which continues even now several weeks later.
I changed my itinerary and took a flight from Madurai to Colombo, Sri Lanka. There I traveled an action-packed route around the country for seven days.
After taking a flight back to Madurai, I headed back to New Delhi and made my way slowly to Thailand. I took a train to Lucknow and was stranded there for several days longer than planned due to not being able to get the train tickets I needed. This resulted in missing my scheduled flight to Bangkok from Kolkata.
But I have arrived in Bangkok, Thailand now, so we’re back on track to explore and discover this new country.