This week is a guest post written by Ivy Delfin of India Trips — a complete package tour provider. If the cramped streets of Delhi scare you; or you’re more comfortable with a guide on a desert trip through Jaisalmer and the rest of Rajasthan; or you aren’t sure you want to brave alone the frenetic streets of Agra en route to the famous Taj Mahal, India Trips can take you there, and leave your worries behind.
EXPERIENCING SOUTHERN INDIA
The thing about traveling that is most scary and then most exhilarating is culture shock. Even going from your home town to the next town can surprise you sometimes. But traveling to India, you should be prepared to encounter life that is the polar opposite what you know. Southern India is likely to blow your mind if you have grown up in the Western world. It’s wild, it’s varied, it’s got huge bustling cosmopolitan cities and backwater untouched wildlife with disconnected populations. Beaches are complemented by mountains, and it wouldn’t be India if it weren’t home to some beautiful churches and temples of very high holy standing.
If you aren’t an experienced India traveler, a good way to avoid being overwhelmed is to take a tour, like one of the India Trips Southern Indian tours. Doing a tour will also mean that you get to see all the important things, and you won’t feel like you’re missing out on too much. A tour is good way to start experiencing India, even if you continue traveling after finishing your tour and start discovering things for yourself.
You will find Southern Indian cuisine to be unusual at first, and ultimately delicious, and probably very different from what your local Indian restaurant back home serves up. Be prepared for lots of vegetarian curries and stews, with flavours of ginger, tomato, and coconut. Most dips and curries are served with a flatbread and rice.
Just remember, whatever your travel plans are, to enjoy every moment and keep your eyes open for the wild, beautiful things that India has to offer.
*All photos courtesy of India Trips.
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- India in Images: Delhi
- Agra & the Taj Mahal
- A Desert Camel Safari in Jaisalmer, India