Throughout our journey, we have met hundreds of travelers, of those who've been to India, each has a different take. We have heard everything from, "Magical." to "I.N.D.I.A. stands for I'd Never Do It Again". We have finally arrived so we can start to form our own opinion.
Our India adventure starts in Delhi. We thought it would be a good idea to arrange a guide for our first day in India to kind of ease into it. This turned out to be a good idea, not because we wouldn't have been able to get from point a to point b, but to hear the guide's perspective on the cultural differences we were to expect and also to hear general information on India to get a good base of knowledge.
Our guide started with sharing some staggering statistics on India's population growth: The net growth after deaths is about 16 million per year. 31 children are born every minute. India's population should overtake China's within 10 years. India has 42 cities with over a million people vs 9 in the USA.
It goes with out saying that humanity is everywhere in India. Driving through Delhi is a basically a parking lot of cars, motorcycles, rickshaws, bicycles and the famous "holy cows." The journey around the city was slow, but just looking out the window was revealing what an adventure the next month would be for Meggan and I.
As far as sights, we didn't have time to see much in Delhi before our night train to Varanasi. The highlight for us was cruising around the chaotic streets of Old Delhi in a rickshaw.
We also saw a few mosques, government buildings and Mahatma Gandhi's mausoleum. It was a great first day, we are anxious to experience the beautiful colors and the dynamic culture in our upcoming days in India.
- In 2008 we (Meggan and Beau) set out to see the world and start a business. Since then we have visited 48 countries and we’re just getting started. Travel and design go hand in hand. Whether we’re on the other side of the planet, or down the street we always find things to inspire us.