It really is Incredible India as the sign says when you enter customs.
India is ancient temples;
sacred cattle in the streets;
women in saris;
traffic jams everywhere yet every driver inviting others to pull in front of them;
caparisoned (decorated) elephants giving rides on the side of the road;
men wearing turbans,
bodies wrapped in colorful paper and ribbon being brought on the top of
vehicles for their sacred cremation in the Ganges River in Varanasi;
the magnificent Taj Mahal at 6 a.m. in the morning;
and the curry-spiced Indian food.
It’s the top hotel palaces in the world;
a houseboat ride on canals around Kerala;
Kathakali dancers and Kalaripayattu ancient martial arts
Three huge caparisoned elephants in a Hindu temple ceremony in Kerala,
yoga lessons in spiritual Kerala/Cochin;
and climbing the 225 steps to Elephanta Island near Bombay/Mumbai to see the ancient carving.
In Bombay/Mumbai, it’s the Dabbawallahs
on their daily deliveries of fresh-cooked food from each customer’s home delivered for lunch
in their Bombay offices in Tiffins without a mistake;
the largest democracy in the world;
the Dhobi Ghats where residents have their laundry washed in many concrete vats outside
and pounded and pounded until clean, then dried and delivered to the Bombay/Mumbai home;
where everyone has a job no matter his/her status;
where trains stuffed with people arrive continuously into Bombay/Mumbai;
where new modern buildings are built next door to a slum of tents.
It’s a special Maharajah dinner evening in Jaipur with
caparisoned elephants, camels, horses and people dancing to the beat of the music, and pashminas for warming shoulders.
India is a country that is not to be missed for a life-changing experience and a trip of a lifetime on Tauck World Discovery’s all inclusive tour because it is truly incredible India.