For those of you just catching up, here’s why?
Funny you should ask ‘cos I’ve been to India before.
Thirteen (13) years ago!
And I have to tell you.
I’ve got mixed feelings about it!
I travelled solo and I was there for a month.
I went to North India and I really liked it and enjoyed it enormously.
But I didn’t love it!
I went to Rajasthan and saw tigers on safari at the Ranthambore National Park, adored the beautiful lakes at Udaipur, chuckled at the wedding cake cinema at Jaipur, licked and tasted camel ice-cream in Pushkar, rode elephants in Jodhpur, went camel-riding in the sandy desert of Jaisalmer, danced to the music of Bollywood, delighted in the openness of the local people, licked my fingers at authentic Indian food, and marvelled at the wonderful amazing-ness of the Taj Mahal.
It was awesome!
However, road traffic was mad and over-whelming, the noise was deafening, the dirt and grime was disgusting, the River Ganges at Varanasi was not only filthy, but I actually saw a bloated dead body being dragged across the water by a dog!
The beggar children were heart-breaking, the overnight train was horrific that I couldn’t sleep a wink, and the food-poisoning that I caught from stale / under-cooked eggs at a 5-star hotel restaurant was so awful, that my skin colour actually turned grey!
That wasn’t good news!
In fact, I was so exhausted by the shopkeepers and city of Delhi that for the only time in my life, I actually wanted to go home!
I stuck it out though, but was thrilled to be able to fly away, and leave it all behind me.
So how is it that I’m going back to India?
And to some of the very same places too!
Ha! Ha! Ha!
I’m totally mad!
But I’m doing it anyway LOL!
And I’m not the type of person that gives up, so back to India I go!
We have a 16-year-old school age boy so we have to go in the school holiday break, and that means just two (2) measly weeks.
And we started with Delhi!
It’s a little confusing but New Delhi, a district in Delhi, is actually the capital of India!
Even though both Delhi and New Delhi are frequently used to refer to the National Capital Territory of Delhi or NCT, they are in fact, two very different areas, as New Delhi is only a tiny part of the wider spectrum of Delhi as the National Capital Region!
Delhi is a very old city and has existed and been inhabited by various kingdoms and empires, since 6th century BC!
The most notable empires have been that of the Mughal Empire (1649-1857), and of course, the British Empire, otherwise known as the British Raj (1858-1947).
Delhi isn’t kind to travellers.
I was nervous about my first solo visit to India.
Back in 2005.
And I paid them the handsome price of €17.00 or $15.00 per night.
Complete with hotel voucher!
I double-checked with the Delhi hotel via telephone, fax, and Email.
All seemed to be well.
They even sent a car to collect me from the airport.
But when I got to the hotel, they told me that they had never heard of me!
Even though I had spoken to them on the telephone just a few hours prior.
They knew nothing about it!
However, if I went to the luxury hotel down the road…
Perhaps they might have a spare room…!
It was 2a.m.
I was scared to leave the hotel.
So I refused.
Two hours later, they “found” my room!
So this time I was prepared.
And it was a good thing too ‘cos the airline lost my luggage!
We booked a most reliable airline in order to get some comfort – in this case Lufthansa.
We got to our gate huffing and puffing, but we made it!
We had a few issues with an elderly man who seemed reluctant to sit in his own seat instead of ours, but after a lot of trying to find his family, and thus his seat, who funnily enough were in the row in front of us!
We merrily settled into ours.
And half-way through the flight one of the flight attendants discreetly told me that my luggage had been left behind.
In truth, I wasn’t too worried as this wasn’t the first time that I’ve had issues with an airline!
And airport staff were waiting for me with forms to sign and huge smiles.
What wasn’t waiting for us though, was my husbands’ suitcase!
He has a blue-green Samsonite suitcase which is a 30-year-old model.
I didn’t think it was even worth stealing!
I was wrong apparently!
It was gone!
And nobody knew where it was.
Was it in Germany?
Was it in India?
No-one had any idea.
‘Back to a thorough search through the airport.
And trying to describe my husbands’ Samsonite suitcase to staff who didn’t have a clue what I was talking about!
While talking to one person, and then the next.
And signing even more papers and forms.
They gave us 10,000 rupees (€120 /£110 /$140) and two toilet bags!
There are a million and one stories as to what happens to tourists who arrive at their destination tired and exhausted.
You really don’t want to do that!
And booked their hotel car.
It was called Aashianaa Living.
I booked it myself via booking.com
I also booked their hotel car!
Our luggage – both suitcases – came two days later.
I couldn’t have been happier!
And for those of you who are over 30 (ahem!).
This blog and the next couple of
months weeks, is for you.
India isn’t easy, but if you want to go there.
And of course, if you’re really nervous, I offer a consultancy, and can help you organise or advice you on many parts of your trip to India!
For more info, click here!
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Well, follow me over the next few months, and find out!
So what are you waiting for?
This article isn’t sponsored, and all opinions and lost adventures in India, are my very own!
That’s it for now.
See you next week!
Watch this space!
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