In a couple of hours I will board my flight to JFK, which is where I will board another flight that will take me to India. As I write this post my heart is aflutter. India has been #1 on my “dream destination list” for over a decade, so this trip truly is a dream-come-true for me!
Why have I waited this long to visit the country? Its simple, as I have always felt, and still feel, that India deserves at least a month to really experience it. And so, as the years went by and I never found myself with a month of free time due to College, then Graduate School, and then owning my own Chinese Medicine clinic. Thus, my dream never materialized. Well, about six months ago a girlfriend of mine suggested, after seeing an incredible deal offered by Gate 1 Travel, that I finally complete my dream with her. I thought about it for a couple of days and came to the conclusion that it was now or never. My life seems to only get more busy by the day and I tend to repeat countries anyway.
At first I was hesitant to go through a tour company, though I will say that I have used Gate 1 Travel before on my trip to Morocco four years ago and I was thoroughly impressed. However, now that I consider myself to be a more of an expert when it comes to traveling, I shy away from tours, because I like to be in complete control of my travel plans. Since we only had a short amount of time though and wanted to see as many cities as we could, we both thought it was best to go on a tour. Not to mention that the price was unbelievable.
Of course we are doing the tour Andi-style! We are not going on any of the optional paid tours, rather we will explore each city on our own. I have also contacted Couchsurfers in each city to meet along the way.
The itinerary is as follows: March 31-April 2 Delhi, April 2-4 Agra, April 4-6 Jaipur, April 6-8 Kochi, and April 8-10 Mumbai.
I will not be blogging about India while I am away, as I am a firm believer in disconnecting to get the most out of my trip. However, I have some posts finishing my tale of Brasil that are scheduled to go live over the next eleven days, so until I return ~NAMASTE~!