Magical exploration of northern India!
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India18 days / July 2016
Highs & Lows
Dharamsala is a must
I flew into New Delhi from California so it was a very long flight. It was quite a shock as it was incredibly humid and was so chaotic in the airport. I managed to find the driver that my hotel had sent which I’m glad I had because the taxi drivers were very aggressive trying to get me to go with them. Everything from there was also very busy and chaotic. After the first night I stayed in an apartment in New Delhi for the rest of the week. I was there to teach English to the local kids so the lodging was all figured out by the volunteering company. It was great to have a local guide who arranged all of our transportation and showed us the good restaurants to eat at. I definitely recommend that!
Next, we traveled to Agra. We only stayed here for a few days because we were mostly here to see the Taj Mahal. we stayed in quite a nice hotel that was close to the Taj Majal. It had a pool which was amazing because of how hot it was there. There was a nice breakfast included as well. There doesn’t seem to be much else to do in Agra besides see the Taj Mahal. It was sad ro see how much just poverty there was there. It seems like the whole town is focused on the tourists and the Taj Mahal and the rest of the town isn’t in that great of shape. Still 100% worth it obviously! We got up at 6am to go see the Taj Mahal the next day. It gets super busy and is also extremely hot. Later in the day it is impossible to get a good picture of the Taj Mahal because of all the people and it is way too warm so you won’t last long.
Finally, we traveled north to see the Himalayas and explore the towns surrounding it. We stayed in Dharamashala. This was one of the most magical places I have ever been. It is situated on the side of a mountain next to forests and the Himalayan mountain range. Fog covers the streets and Tibetan monks are everywhere. Go to the Dali Lama temple it is very special. I also recommend getting some ginger lemon honey tea, as they make it with fresh chunks of ginger and honey and it is so soothing especially since it seemed to be perpetually rainy and foggy there. We had a guide take us to hike the Himalayas the next day and we slept overnight in the mountains in a cabin. in the morning we did yoga outside and drank warm chai tea. There are chai shops everywhere which are so cheap and so yummy.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Less time in New Delhi
Anything go wrong during the trip?
I got really sick for about a week! Be careful with what you eat and drink
How was the food?
Great but stay away from street food or else be really careful
What tips would you give a friend?
Make sure to check when the wet season is
Lots of loose, more conservative clothing