Thursday, August 19, 2010

Passage to India - Before the Trip

I read somewhere: "Travelling to India will change your view of the world forever" and I'll soon find out if this is a true statement.

It all began with the invitation for our friend Bhavnesh 40th birthday party on August 28,2010, in Mumbai. So we decided to attend the festivities and since we will be in India, why not visit the capital, New Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal) and Jaipur as well.

 I didn't realize that India is a huge country with an estimated population of 1.2 billion, the world second most populous country, spread around 1,269,210 sq mi (3,287,240 Km2). Just for comparison, the US has a population of 310 million and an area of 3,794.101 sq mi (9.826.675 Km2), it means that the US has 25% of India's population and it's three times bigger than India!

I knew very little about the country I'm about to visit (and I still do), so what to expect from a country so dense and diverse as India? I know I will have a once in a lifetime kind of experience and I'm ready to savor all that India has to offer.  We took our shots, book our flights and we are scheduled to arrive in Mumbai on August 25 after a 15 hours Continental flight out of Newark, NJ, with my camera and laptop at hand.

The Smart Traveler will be blogging daily from India, sharing this amazing journey with my readers. So stay tunned for the updates.

I read this quote on a travel site and I think it sums up
the way I see this distant country the day before my trip. Time will tell the lessons I will learn while in India...

From the foothills of the Himalayas to the backwaters of Kerala, to the slums of Calcuta, to the ashrams, to the beaches of Goa.... India will fascinate, shock and excite.

So, strap on your seatbelt for a rollercoaster of a travel experience around this incredible sub continent. You will love it or hate it. You'll not forget it.

India is nicey. It is spicey. It is dicey, and if you are not careful it will be bery bery pricey my friend. Beware of touts and scams. 

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