My first visit to India ….
Last month I spent three weeks in India traveling across the country. It was my first time in India and it certainly did not feel like a vacation at all! Perhaps if I only had visited Goa my experience of India would have been different but on the other hand also very poor. During my trip I managed to visit New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Varanasi, Kolkata, Goa and Mumbai. The most exhausting and annoying part of the trip was having to deal with people there who constantly were trying to deceive me one way or the other. And sky is the limit when it comes to the creativity of their schemes. If you are going there or planning a trip to India make sure to plan your vacation well ahead and avoid tourist agencies as it is much cheaper to do it yourself. And don’t trust anybody except the Lonely Planet book! It is also a good idea to read it before you go there in order to be prepared for all the lying, deceiving and fake agencies when you finally get there. Also, never pay the full price for anything. Always pay less than 50% of the price they demand. If they are not willing to give in, then just walk away, trust me, you will find identical items in other stores in every city in India. They all sell the same crap! As for shopping, I followed the Lonely Planet guide in regards to my purchases of pashminas and silk scarves which I mainly bought in Jaipur and Varanasi. I must admit that I have developed a love/hate relationship to India. Even though there are a lot of negatives about India, to me, it still is a magical place with huge contrasts, both on the human side as well as its nature. I am already planning my next trip to the southern part of India …
The Pink City, Jaipur
The ganges river in India’s holiest city, Varanasi
Pashminas and silk