We have been home a couple weeks now from our trip to India and we are still talking about the incredible time we had. India is an amazing place - a place of sharp contrasts, and so different from America. With a population of 1.2 billion, tolerance is key, and it seems that anything goes. One of the first things our guide told us is that there are more mobile phones in India than toilets. Of course, I've read many articles on the subject of U.S. companies outsourcing IT jobs to India but I was impressed that they had more mobile phones than toilets! Well, we also learned that about 70 - 80% of the population reside in villages, and that there are no toilets in the villages. So it isn't that there are so many cell phones, there are so few toilets! Enough on that topic other than to say that it was an eye-opener witnessing men, women and children doing their "business" just off the roadsides.
One of the things I most loved was the charm of Indian children. They loved us as much as we loved them. Driving through the villages we were warmed by the sight of children of all ages running up to the bus and waving at us - ALL of the children!
Prior to the trip I was most looking forward to learning about the food. One big problem, though, is the issue of sanitation. We were not able to eat or drink any fresh fruit or vegetables, despite the fact that we stayed in very nice accommodations and ate at better restaurants. That was a huge disappointment for me since my everyday diet consists of lots of fresh vegetables, salads and fruit. Even with that caveat, everyone on the tour (25 of us) got "Delhi Belly," known in other parts of the world as "Montezuma's Revenge" and the like. As a result of this restriction, I wasn't able to learn much about Indian foods.
I could go on and on about the trip but you'd probably enjoy a few photos instead. To enlarge a photo, just click on it. Here you go!
I hope you have enjoyed this little travelogue.