I went to India from the 14th February to the 1st March on a tour with G Adventures. My tour started in Delhi and I arrived the night before my tour started, however my bag was left in Singapore which was annoying! Only flown with Singapore Airlines twice and both times my bag has been left where my layover was!
Unsurprisingly my biggest highlight was seeing the Taj Mahal. This was an amazing evening watching the sun go down! It definitely became obvious to why its one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Also, the fact it was made by the Emperor for his wife when she died during child birth made it even more special. It was a very surreal few hours spending it sat in front of or walking around the Taj Mahal!!
Another highlight was just walking around all the markets. The colours and smells of spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits was amazing! Walking through the streets with camels, monkeys, elephants and cows all around you is very surreal!
I absolutely loved the following cities; Jaipur, Pushkar and Udaipur.
Jaipur was beautiful, its also known as ‘the Pink City’ and going from Delhi and Mumbai to there was like a breath of fresh air. It was still busy but seemed more like organised chaos, rather than just chaos! Whilst in Jaipur we visited a beautiful print shop and were able to see how they make the clothes.
Pushkar was a really interesting city. Its also known as the ‘Holy City’. Theres no alcohol or meat allowed anywhere in the city, and very much has a ‘eat, pray, love’ feel. It was quite hippy and whilst there I did a sunrise walk which was fun! Whilst in Pushkar I went on a camel ride and had one of my most memorable nights on the trip. The camel ride through the desert was rather scary but was a once in a lifetime experience. After the camel ride we had an Indian night in the desert, with traditional clothing, dinner, dancers, fire breathers and magicians.
Udaipur reminded me a little of Venice, particularly when I was down by the lake. Udaipur was really peaceful and the buildings were beautiful. Whilst there I did an art class, which was so relaxing and enjoyable. I also did sunset yoga on the rooftop of the art gallery. I also did a cooking class at a local families house. It was lovely to be in a local home with a family and the food was delicious and inspired me to maybe cook some of the dishes when I am home!
Tordi was a highlight. We went on a jeep safari ride, and even though it was a strange place to go, the group and I had so much fun. Where we were staying was like a villa and we had it all to ourselves! I felt like I was in Mamma Mia! We danced and drank the night away together.
The people on my tour were a big highlight! We had so much fun together in Mumbai on the night out, where we could make requests for songs and got everyone in the Irish Bar dancing to ‘Come on Eileen’ and ‘I will walk 500 Miles’. Also in Goa where we were dancing to Indian music after a day of sunbathing at the beach!
India was fantastic and I couldn’t believe I was there at times! The country was amazing but also incredibly poor. Whilst in Mumbai we went to one of the richest man in India’s house, he spent around 60 million dollars on it! And then literally less than 10 minutes away, theres a slum where a million people live. It’s crazy to see so clearly how corrupt the country is.
However, the people are so friendly and kind. They just want to please you and even though I would never get use to the staring (its so intense), they just want to smile at you and for you to smile back. Finally, the most surreal thing of all was how many people wanted to take photos with us! I can kind of understand those who are blonde with blue eyes, however they were memorised by those who are brunette with brown eyes as well!
I can’t wait to go back to India and to explore more parts of the amazing country! Thank you to everyone who made India so amazing for me! I would definitely recommend G Adventures’ tour ‘Uncover India: Delhi to Goa’ if anyone wants to visit India! Its not a country I would want to travel round by myself, but with a group and a tour guide, I felt safe and could enjoy it!