What can I say? Forget about exercising because your senses are going to get the workout of their lives. India you were an experience and a eye opener. Not to mention it's not every day you get to visit a Wonder of the World. Bucket list, ticked off.
Our journey was your typical 'Golden Triangle' with a heavy focus on the Rajasthan region. The Golden Triangle for those whom are unaware is Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. All three being located in different states yet all three form a triangle located in India's North.
1,300,000,000 people live in India. I am still to comprehend that figure. Top that off with an abundance of holy cows, buffalos, goats and dogs some would cringe with sweaty palms at the limited personal space on offer. Yet once you come to terms with this unfamiliar state, India comes alive.
We spent 20 days exploring India's North. Spending 1 night in the small cities with 2-3 in the bigger cities. Driving between destinations took approximately 3-5 hours. Some may curse at thought of spending that amount of time in a car however, once you begin counting all the Gary Goats and witnessing animals you've never even heard of before, i.e the Nilgai (click here, how have I never seen this before), time goes very quickly and next thing you know you are knuckles deep in another amazing chana masala.
Civi's Secrets to Success:
1. Hot to Trot - Theres no way around it, India is hot. We went in July and found the sun to be roaring. Yes the crowds were smaller for this time of year but the temperature was near unbearable. Advice, look to travel December/January.
2. Jackson 5 - I highly recommend a driver. India is very scattered and can take time getting from A to B to enjoy C. Trains are over populated and can take longer with planes being too expensive. I can not rate our driver highly enough. Absolute legend and you will find him here.
3. Rumble in the Jungle - Jayde and I enjoyed our trip with no Delhi Belly whatsoever. Tip One - Aim for the hot food and stay clear of the fresh. And that goes for 5 star resorts as well. Just because they look fancy doesn't mean old Vijay in the kitchen isn't washing the iceburg lettuce with tap water. Tip Two - Stow away a secret stash of toilet paper unless you enjoy the super soaker to the toosh.
4. Red Carpet - It is becoming a reoccurring trend that people just want our photo. Entirely up to you if you want to part take or not, I just advise to watch out for whom is asking. A lovely family wanting me to be apart of their Christmas card, Yes. A group of unsavoury teenage boys wanting a photo with Jayde....yes...I mean no :).
Gold Coast, Australia born photographer. Currently living in Bali, Indonesia.