Why visit magical India? There are many reasons . . .
1) Where one would be able to witness terrific drivers who share the road with all kinds of animals (Stray dogs, cattle, Elephant, Camel, etc). You name it , they have it. The best thing would be you will be crossing the road with these animals together and most drivers would be able to avoid them without their foot stepping the brake. It was quite fun crossing the roads with different animals.
2) Where horns seems to be the way of greeting each other. During my travelling in India, I had noticed that the driver would often have one hand on their horn while the other hand control the steering wheel. For the slightest things, they would simply sound their horn. Horns can be heard almost 24/7. Be warned to have such mental preparation before visiting the country. In other words, it would be wiser to stay in higher floor during your stay to minimize the sound pollution.
3) The street food are simply filled with many varieties with its colourful flavors. If you have a sweet tooth or simply loved deep fried stuff, you are in for a treat! However, always remember we are not the locals there. Do not be overly ambitious when taking in their street food. Perhaps, a gentle reminder that our stomach is not that well trained as compare to the locals. You can try but strongly recommend to try in very small portion and common sense prevail in the end when eating such street food.
4) India people are incredibly late for most functions. I remembered very clearly that each time our tour guide were to meet us at the lobby at the designated time, either him or the driver will be late to pick us up from the spot. Both sector of my international flight had encountered major delay. They do not have a good sense of time judgement. Therefore, be warned, do not totally trust their time when they told you. Most importantly, do have patience while waiting for your bus/train/aircraft to depart. Nevertheless, you are on a holiday. There are many interesting sights one can take in while waiting.
5) Road beggars are quite a number esspecially so at tourist spots. Be aware that these beggars often operate and controlled by a gang. Do not simply give in although I do admit while I was there, it was rather touching and teary to witness the level of poverty among the street kids and families. A trip to India opens up one eyes. During your low point in of life, look back and think of these beggars. One will feel you are luckier than them in terms of material needs and therefore shouldn’t feel any more pitiful.
6) It can be crazily hot at one city and very cold in another city during the same period of time. For instance, when I was in India during the summer month of July, New Delhi was scorching hot at a temperature of 38 Degree Celsius. With just a flight time of 1 hr 30 minutes from New Delhi to Kashmir region, the temperature drop to 18 Degree Celsius and even hit a low of 5 Degree Celsius higher up the mountain range.
New Delhi Temperature:
7) The landscapes are simply amazing. From the spiritually Ganges River to the religious significance of the birth place of Buddha in Gaya, to the the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the “Toy Train” located in the mountain range, India certainly offers one many scenery that is awe inspiring.
Back in Kashmir region, where the back drop of Himalaya mountain range and peaceful surrounds is a huge contrast to the other parts of India. . .
8) You are able to witness one of the 7 wonders of the world monument and get absorbed in the air of romance. The majestic Taj Mahal, a sight to marvel truly.
9) One would have to navigate through the messy streets amid the hot weather, crazy horns and countless souls around you. What’s more if you are a budget traveller and seat the public buses or trains. If you can survive backpacking in India, I couldn’t see no reason why you can’t take on the world. . .
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