Agent review: India with A&K
I recently had the pleasure of going to India, and found it to be a very interesting and welcoming destination. There are so many dimensions to the country that it’s hard to imagine how it is possible for it to operate as one entity. Somehow it does, and it’s growing and moving into the 21st century at an amazing rate. India is not a destination for everyone, but for those who are open to it they will find a country full of contrasts and contradiction, history, religion and spirituality, people, food, and they will find a country in transition. Because of the massive population, the number of people who are considered some of the poorest in the world is staggering. Yet even as millions of Indians live on $1.00 a day, on the Forbes “richest Indians” list released recently, the net worth of the 100 richest Indians was $300 billion. Such is the nature of India – a country of extremes.
We followed what is considered the typical tourist circuit for the first-time visitor; Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, and then on to Varanasi. This is not a comprehensive view of India by any stretch of the imagination; the sheer enormity of the country means that the Indians themselves feel like they are traveling to another country when they travel to other areas.
With generations of marahajas, moghuls, spiritual leaders– not to mention millions of the gods and temples– it was hard to keep the layers of the country straight, but I found India to be fascinating and intriguing, and hope to continue to learn much more about it in the future. It was a fabulous trip and one I am very grateful to have made.
Article and photos by Jean Campbell