India! Wow, where to start. India has always been the top of Fi’s travel bucket list before we started our adventure. However, I don’t think we were quite prepared for this crazy land.
We have visited India twice now, once during November – January for two months, travelling the north and then spending a month in the south in Goa. The second time we travelled to India was during Fi’s Yoga TTC in May in south Goa, Agonda. Both were very different experiences.
To be honest the first experience really tainted us and we left pretty broken. Having been ill for about 6 weeks, travelling became really tough and there were many times we wanted to throw the towel in. However, after our second visit, we were captivated and really started to understand Indian philosophy; we could feel India’s spirit.
It’s really difficult, to sum up our time in India, it is a place you have to experience yourself. Every day is different and you really do not know what you are going to see and experience! Being the home of 1.3 billion people, it is a chaotic place. However, somehow things seem to work and flow along. The most important advice we could give is to surrender; surrender to the flow of India and see where it takes you.
So, going back to our first Indian travelling experience, we flew into Delhi – Fi had a short stop at the Dentists – dentistry work in India is very cheap and good. We then headed north, in Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world. We then travelled to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India; a very religious and sacred place which attracts a lot of Hindu pilgrims.
After Varanasi, we visit our first wonder of the world; the Taj Mahal. We will leave our post to tell you everything about our experience here, but again this is a must visit.
From Agra, we headed to the state of Rajasthan and visited a number of cities including Bundi, Jaipur and Udaipur. We were pretty spent after Varanasi and Agra but after staying with a beautiful family in Jaipur who nursed us back to health, we were ready for the next part of our adventure.
After this time, we spent the majority of our time in Goa. During our first trip, we stayed in North Goa in Vagator. And during our second trip, we were in south Goa in Agonda. In our opinion, we much preferred the south as this was quieter and had a much more chilled atmosphere however if you are after a party; head to the north.
We have spent a total of three months in India – which was unintentional. From hating it we were romanticised by the magic of this crazy place. And as a result, we now have a new India bucket list, but we will leave it a couple of months (maybe years) until we return.