Come for the curry, stay for the celebration!
India’s rich life philosophies and religious traditions make it a destination for true believers, know-it-alls, and skeptics alike. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians, to name but a few, live alongside one other in this all-encompassing place. You'll feel that your eyes can't open wide enough to take in all the beautiful colors, sights, and people. Do not expect to see India in two weeks; indeed, plan to spend months here if you can. Truthfully, this vast and encompassing place demands a lifetime. You will probably first notice the overcrowded and polluted cities, but if you can't see the beauty in this part of humanity, remember that India has deserts to the west, the Himalayas to the north, tropics to the south, islands to the east, and everything and anything in between . . . so start exploring! Visit Darjeeling and drink the tea that kept the British in India so long, and try Rajasthani garam masalas that will change your palate for life. Once you can differentiate a nan, roti, dosa, parantha, puri, and. . . only then will you know that you’ve spent an adequate amount of time in India. If you fall in love with India, you will have to return. Either way, India's the place to meet people and circumstances that will change your life.