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The Highs and Lows of India

India is an amazing country with a wide variety of natural and manmade attractions.

by miriam1About Me:I currently live in Tel Aviv, Israel, but was born and raised in the United States. read more

AsiaIndia16 days / September 2019

Highs & Lows

Make sure to try India's iconic dessert, "Hello to the Queen"!

Prepare to be approached by beggars

Itinerary Overview

India is a popular travel destination for many Israelis, so growing up in Israel I constantly heard about the incredible experiences my friends had there. I had to see it for myself and planned a three-week trip to see Dharamsala, Agra, and New Delhi. Before traveling to India, I was warned about the ‘culture shock.’ I first went to Dharamsala and brushed this off since it’s incredibly remote and serene. I only realized how true this statement was when arriving in New Delhi. The sheer amount of people and the hustle and bustle in the city were overwhelming. In addition, the high population of impoverished people was heartbreaking to see. India is not a place for the faint of heart, and although I made incredible memories on my trip, it definitely pushed my limits at times.  I also would stress taking the proper precautions if traveling alone as a woman (e.g., wear modest clothing, never travel at night, and keep an eye on your valuables at all times).

  • 2 Nights: New Delhi
    New Delhi was the city that was closest to the airport, so I figured it would be a good place to rest before my flight home.
  • 14 Nights: Dharamshala

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I should have stayed in Dharamsala for longer than two weeks.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Even though we were all very careful with the food we ate and water we drank, all of my friends on the trip (myself included) got sick, which is normal as a tourist and something to take into consideration before traveling.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Don't try to visit as many places as possible like I did. I was overly ambitious when I planned to visit both the north and south of India in a limited timeframe. As long as you're enjoying yourself, stay in your location!

  • Packing tips?

    Bring scarves if you plan on checking out religious sites, and modest clothing.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Be prepared to haggle! You will always be quoted the most expensive fare when you first hail a cab. Regarding overnight buses-- be prepared for a noisy and shaky night! Regarding buses-- be prepared for chaotic driving!

  • Any surprises?

    Cows are considered sacred!