En Route to Delhi

This latest break away is taking me to Asia. I’m starting my trip in Delhi, in northern India, to be specific.  Having never been to India before I’m nervous. I have travelled quite extensively in South East Asia so I think that some of the similarities between the Asian countries will alleviate part of the culture shock. I have heard lots of stories about India though and not all of them particularly pleasant. Tales of dysentery, theft, abject poverty, sexual harassment towards women, drugging, police bribery demands and poor treatment of animals is enough to scare many people off from visiting India. Not me though! I have a yearning for adventure and excitement for the unknown.  Plus, I’ve heard some wonderful things about India too, namely the warmth of the people, the delicious cuisine and the country’s natural beauty.  Starting the trip of in Delhi is a bit of a gamble. It was the cheapest way to travel to India but the city has a reputation for its pollution, chaos, dangerous traffic, slums and beggars. My senses may very well become overwhelmed. It would have been wiser to start the trip off somewhere like Kerala, in southern India. Kerala is reportedly a much more relaxed and calm version of its northern counterparts. The flight to Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of kerala, was almost double that of the flight to Delhi. So Delhi it is.  

Let’s just hope my stomach holds up and I don’t become a victim of the infamous ‘Delhi Belly’ at the start of my trip. I’m at the airport now. I’ve checked in, my backpack is no longer in my possession, I have committed to this and it’s too late to back out now. But I am excitied. India is, I imagine, like nowhere else on the planet. Just trying to imagine the billion or so residents that are sardined into this medium sized country makes my head hurt.  I’ll be back soon to let you know about first impressions. Thanks for reading.