Planning India

March 31, 2010

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~!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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15 thoughts on “Planning India

  1. Benny the Irish polyglot

    Have an excellent time! Wish I was with you, India is awesome – you’re going to love it 🙂 I have a good Indian friend in Mumbai I can put you in touch with if you still need a couch there!
    Safe trip xx

  2. Emily @ Maiden Voyage

    I just found your blog, and I must say, it looks like you have an incredible journey ahead of you! I haven’t been to India yet, and I’m a little nervous about going, but I feel like I definitely should go there at some point in my lifetime. I look forward to reading about your adventures when you return!

  3. Stefanie

    oh wow, this is sooooo coool! India, how beautiful!! Enjoy, love. .. breathe in each moment, and grow that gorgeous heart of yours! wow, this is the shit – I’M SO STOKED!! (no joke, 😉 – ha ah, just gotta put that disclaimer in cus it’s april fools day, but i don’;t think they do that in India, now huh? so totally doesn’t apply lol…but anyways yeah woman, I’m so happy you are in India, and I can’t wait to hear how it’s going!! ttys!! xo

  4. Heather

    Have a wonderful trip Andi! India seems like it would be such an interesting country to visit, so filled with vibrant colours, smells, sights, and people! Bon Voyage!

  5. Avery

    the game is where’s andy: she’s been around the world from dancing with dolphins and exotic fellows/ where in the world is andi perullo…

  6. Eduardo

    Hi Andrea, It was a pleasure to know you in the trip to India, I experienced a changing life trip, you can see how good people Indian is and breath taking places like Taj Majal and the amber fort (Pink Palace)and also valuate more my country and my city and how fortunate we are. Espero verte pronto en México y sigue practicando tu español. Un beso

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