I’m off to India!
I’m betting that most of my readers have never been to India, and probably have no plans to either.
For the next few
months weeks, I’ll be showing you that if you’re interested in visiting India.
I mean, reaaaaaaally interested.
So how did I do it?
Well, if you look at my about me page, you will see that I am married, I have a son, and I have a corporate job in Germany, as well as this wonderful lifestyle, travel, expat blog!
What I mean to say is that I live a normal life. Just like you.
I’m married, in a relationship with someone, or have been single. Just like you.
I have family responsibilities. Just like you.
I have a full-time job. Just like you.
And by god.
I have a daily budget.
Just like you.
And for those of you who are over 30 (ahem!).
This blog and the next couple of
months weeks, is for you.
The point I’m making is that you don’t have to do anything drastic if you want to afford a life of travel.
You don’t have to choose between having it all and having nothing at all, and you definitely don’t have to quit your lifestyle!
India isn’t easy, but if you want to go there.
For the next couple of months weeks, I’ll be breaking down posts into simple categories such as:
- How you don’t have to backpack around India if you don’t want to
- India for first-timers
- What to pack for India
- How to book trains and cars in India
- How to arrange hotels in India. By yourself!
- What to eat / what not to eat
- How to get a travel phone / sim card, in India
- Family travel for India
- How to be safe and healthy in India
- Travel scams in India
- A break-down of the best Indian cities to travel to
WHY IS VICTORIA GOING TO INDIA?
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.
WHERE IS VICTORIA GOING?
In my eyes that means Rajasthan.
Rajasthan literally means “Land of Kings” and is a state in the north-western part of India.
Rajasthan is 342,239 square kilometres or 132,139 square miles and is the largest state in India and the seventh largest by population!
Rajasthan is surrounded by five Indian states such as the Punjab in the north, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in the northeast, Madhya Pradesh in the southeast, and Gujarat in the southwest. It is also very famous for the ruins of the Indus Valley Civilisation, the Dilwara Temples, Rajasthan’s only hill station – Mount Abu, the Keoladeo National Park, three (3) national tiger reserves – the world-famous Ranthambore National Park, the Sariska Tiger Reserve, and the Mukundra Hill Tiger Reserve!
The capital and largest city is Jaipur.
We’ll not only be going to Rajasthan, but also the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT), otherwise known as Delhi, the northern state of Uttar Pradesh – Agra – and the capital city of the state of Maharashtra – Mumbai – otherwise known (up till 1995) as Bombay!
So let’s see where I’ll be going.
We’ve only got two (2) weeks so we’ll be going to:
IF INDIA DOESN’T BREAK YOU, IT’LL MAKE YOU STRONGER ‘COS INDIA IS HARD!
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!
Well, thirteen (13) years ago is a long time, and perhaps India has changed.
I know I have.
I’ll be going to Rajasthan again but as I said above, I’ll only be focusing on Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur and Mumbai.
I’ll also personally be doing all the planning and organising.
And this time I won’t be backpacking.
I won’t be taking any bumpy chicken-buses.
I won’t be going as cheap as chips.
I won’t be visiting Varanasi.
And I won’t be taking the over-night Indian train!
Who doesn’t like an exciting adventure?
Well, follow me over the next few months, and find out!
So what are you waiting for?
I’M GOING TO INDIA – INCREDIBLE INDIA!
This article is not sponsored, and all opinions and the incredible time in India that I’m hoping to have, are my very own!
That’s it for now.
See you next week!
Watch this space!
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