There’s nowhere else on earth quite like it…
“I go back to India regularly, and now I would say I’ve been between 25-30 times, though if I’m honest, I’ve pretty much lost count!
It was the destination of my first long-haul trip when I went backpacking after university – I’d never been out of Europe before that – and I went for nearly six months.
I started in Ladakh in the Himalayas, and went right down to the southernmost part of India. I loved how there is nowhere else on earth quite like it, and as soon as I got home, I started planning my next trip out there – and I’ve been that way ever since.
There are so many religious festivals, and they’re always wonderful to be part of…
What’s amazing about it is the variety; there’s a huge geographical range, from the Himalayas and subtropical mountains to deserts, plantations, and the Ganges Plains.
There’s so much religious variety too; Christianity, Muslims, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu – there are so many religious festivals, and they’re always wonderful to be part of, they’re so spectacular.
And the architecture – I find the British history over there very interesting, so I love all the British Raj architecture.
But I also love the fifth century squat temples, from when Hindus first started temple building; you can compare them to the later temples, which are huge and towering, so the evolution of the architecture is really fascinating.
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You can’t truly explain what it’s like…
If I’ve said it once, I think I must have said it a hundred times, but I’m sure that India’s enduring popularity as a travel destination is because even when people think they’re only going in order to see the iconic sites, to tick a box that says ‘been there, done that’ – once they arrive, once they experience the atmosphere, the locals, the whole scene – they find that’s what they were looking for all along.
You can’t truly explain what it’s like; you need to experience the sights, sounds and smells for yourself.”
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