My Love Affair with India

Going to India changed my perception of the world, it opened my mind and my heart.  Everyone kept asking me why I chose India out of all the places in the world?  I was always very drawn to it but I didn’t have the answer until I returned home.

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MY LIFE CHANGING ADVENTURE 

I knew my India trip was going to be an adventure but I didn’t realize just how life changing it would be.  I am not saying India is for everyone but growing up in a third world country like South Africa I learnt there is beauty in everything, sometimes you just have to look a little deeper.  I discovered that people’s perceptions about India are often clouded.  Anyone can ramble on about things that are wrong with a country so let me tell you what I thought was right with it.

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MORE TO THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE

 If you arrive in Mumbai or any major city in India and you don’t understand the reasoning behind the constant hooting or the undercarriage of the hassle and bustle, it can leave you feeling quite overwhelmed but dont let that detour you.

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 When you leave the major cities, the landscape changes completely.  Once I discovered India’s incredible diversity and scratched beneath the surface I found myself in a land like no other and I fell in love with it

 

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 INDIA IS MADE UP OF DIFFERENT RELIGIONS, CULTURES AND TRADITIONS

India is made up of many states therefore many different religions and traditions.  From the desert in Rajasthan to the green tea fields in Kerala there is a little something for everyone. I found that the love and generosity of people stayed the same. It was only their way of greeting that changed.

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Spiritually this country is incredible, the rivers, mountains and animals are all worshipped.  Temples and Churches are part of the landscape and marigolds decorate the shrines that litter the streets. Race and religion don’t divide, Hindu’s celebrate with the Buddhists, Buddhists celebrate with the Christians, neighbours are friends and communities are family. Been around the globe’s article about travelling India as a solo black traveller is another excellent example of the countries wonderful hospitality. Festivals are plenty, there is always a reason to celebrate and bring people together and some festivals are celebrated by all India’s people as a nation.

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Read about my visit to Varanasi and the The Ganges river here

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD

Four of the world’s religions originated from here and ancient practices like Yoga, Meditation and Ayurvedic remedies are all used the western world today.

Home to some of the most ancient cities in the world and with that, comes some unique architecture. I could sense that some buildings have real historical stories behind them which took me back in time.

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India has come far and is most certainly going places, their contribution to science, medicine and technology has taken world stage. Spiritual practices that they have shared with the world in meditation and Yoga has contributed to society wanting to take a more peaceful and meaningful approach on life.

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RELATED ARTICLE: Travel Guide to India’s Golden Triangle

INDIA’S GRATITUDE AND INSPIRATION

I left with friends for life and most of them don’t have half of what I have at home, yet happiness and laughter full their hearts.

This community puts all the things you have or think you don’t have into perspective. The gratitude you gain spending time here will turn what you have into enough and its people’s fight for survival and recognition is inspirational. This country was chosen to teach compassion to the rest of the world and I personally gained so much being one of its students.

If you planning on visiting India, have you considered visiting Bodh Gaya?

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When you strip away the layers and colours you left with real people, beautiful and ancient cities, traditions and beliefs. I didn’t only see India, I felt India and it is a place I will always return to visit friends and to see what is around the next corner.

I know so many people that are intrigued to visit India but are so hesitant, do your research and go on a journey you will never regret!  Here is a great guide that includes a travel budget for South East Asia to get you started and if you in India and would love to travel then this is a great post on Visa for Indians.

Have you been to India?  Drop us a comment below and tell us what has been your most memorable moment? 

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Liza Williams

Born in South Africa, fascinated with culture and loves wood fire pizza. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away” Follow me on twitter: @soul_drifters

54 thoughts on “My Love Affair with India

  • July 26, 2018 at 5:55 am
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    I really like your blog post and I would like to travel to India someday. I know that they are rich and culture and traditions and I would love to visit their heritage sites, golden temple and have an adventure to their safari. I want to experience their hot air balloon in Agra as well.

    I have a question? Are they taking advantage to their foreign tourist? I mean like, fare, food and anything else? What are the places should I need to avoid.

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    • July 26, 2018 at 6:18 am
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      Hi Allen. Every country takes advantage of foreign tourist…unfortunately, however don’t let that spoil your experience. Just do as much research as possible when it comes to prices etc. Places like Agra is very touristy but also depending what time of year you go. I would avoid the main cities as much as possible they over crowded, poor and its a real culture shock. Camel Safari’s in Rajastan not for from Agra is really an experience we going next month so keep checking out our blog and you can read about it. North India is very cultural, south India like Goa is beach and chill time, Try and do a mix of both and catch trains, just book online in advance and you will get a reserved bed or seat. Like I say we heading there for 6 weeks next week so keep checking our blog we doing a whole lot of stuff and you can get more of an idea.

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  • April 29, 2018 at 11:24 pm
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    Nice place to visit. Hope one day we will be there and enjoy the taste, colours and culture. Your picture are too nice.

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  • December 13, 2017 at 11:36 am
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    Great post Liza, thanks so much for sharing. And some awesome pictures on here too! Loved the read.

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  • December 4, 2017 at 7:12 pm
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    I’m dying to visit India. Your post made me want go more such a beautiful photos loved your post

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  • December 4, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Well I haven’t visited India yet. Was planning to do my internship in New Delhi next year so I actually find this really useful to me. I love where you said “I didn’t only visit India, I felt India”. I hope it stays this way till I visit too. Nice pictures by the way.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 8:26 pm
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    I am not a huge fan of travel to this part of the world, I prefer South America. I learnt a lot about India from your wonderful action pictures. It looks like you enjoyed yourself!

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  • November 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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    I think that everyone’s experience of India is different. I have experienced it as well, three times now, and all times it has been different. I have met beautiful people and seen amazing architecture. Indeed, India is made out of parts, and none is the same as another. I loved the colors of India as well, it made the chaos seem friendlier.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 10:42 pm
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    Though I’ve never been to any part of India, I have heard countless stories about the country’s vast landscapes and generous people. I am always hesitant to travel to country where the language is so different from my own but, if the opportunity ever were to arise, I’d go in a heartbeat. While the chaos of Mumbai might overwhelm me, Goa definitely seems like a dream destination.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 7:04 pm
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    Looks like you enjoyed the nature in India! That would have been my favorite part. Are there parts of the cities that were enjoyable? I would love to read about that. I’m absolutely infatuated with the temples and people you saw!

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  • November 29, 2017 at 6:52 pm
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    India definitely succeeds at capturing a lot of hearts! We haven’t been yet, but I’d love to see the countryside–the mountains and beaches look wonderful. So glad you have a country you are so attached to as a traveler–it’s great to have those places that keep calling us back again and again.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 1:23 pm
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    I’ve not been to India but I must admit the country is home to many wonders from its landscape to the people. I’ve read about other bloggers write about India that I only have positive feelings about the country. I’d love to visit in a lifetime. I mean, I’d learn tolerance living with a diversified people. It’s a thrilling experience, I can imagine.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 11:03 am
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    This is great for me, as I’ve never been to India, but would like to go! Goa and Rajasthan look so wonderful, and from your photos, this place Hampi is pretty too. I’ll remember this when I get there hopefully one day soon!

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  • November 9, 2017 at 1:44 pm
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    I can totally see why you fell in love with India! I hope to visit someday soon. So rich with history, culture, religion & natural beauty.

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  • November 6, 2017 at 12:23 am
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    It looks like India is a wonderful place to explore. It’s amazing how many significant things have come out of India like Yoga and different religions. It has definitely been a big influence on the world. It seems like once you get out of the crowded cities it’s easier to enjoy yourself there.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 11:51 pm
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    It is always so heartening and enlightening to read a post about your home country from the perspective of a visitor. I love the fact that you have highlighted the positives.India is a country where there is something unique and interesting around every bend in the road. A lifetime is not enough to fully explore India, even if you live there.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 9:54 pm
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    I am very intrigued by India, but I think, I am “not ready” yet… I am easily overwhelmed and I think right now it could be probably be a negative experience. However, i plan to visit India in a few years; after our family sabbatical next year, when I am more experienced.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 7:01 pm
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    This could be an ad for traveling to India! You did a great job summing up what is a very complex and diverse country. So glad you made your dream come true.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 2:02 am
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    Until I started reading blogs I had no idea how much India had to offer. I had never considered traveling there but now after reading about all that India has to offer I can’t wait. There is so much diversity in the landscape like you mentioned that there is something for everyone there.

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  • November 4, 2017 at 1:04 pm
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    India has been on our sights since we first got bitten by the travel bug. So full of life, history, and culture. We would definitely visit there. And when we do, the first thing we’re gonna do is to try out their street food! Hehehe!

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  • November 3, 2017 at 5:09 pm
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    I have always wanted to go to India. The opportunity hasn’t come up yet but one day I know I will! Great post 🙂 x

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  • November 3, 2017 at 8:54 am
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    I hope you like the religion,culture,food and the traditions of India that are missing in other countries

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  • November 1, 2017 at 8:47 am
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    It seems you have a very special relationship with India 🙂 I know it’s a magic place, but I’ve never been there. I hope to do it as soon as possible! 🙂

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  • August 26, 2017 at 5:57 pm
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    Thanks for sharing your experience on India! I would love to visit one day but I must admit it’s not high on the bucket list – there’s SO many other places I want to see first! I love that the people of India are mostly always smiling. Like you said, so much happiness and yet they have zero of the material things that we have in the western world. Ahhh, a nice simple life.

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  • August 26, 2017 at 6:14 am
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    Interesting read! I have thought about going to India for awhile now so I appreciate your insights!

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  • August 24, 2017 at 12:26 pm
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    I never used to consider travelling to India as i’d heard a lot of negatives but thanks to posts like this it is now firmly on my bucket list 🙂 thanks!

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  • August 23, 2017 at 11:02 pm
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    I am from india, I like you like India and yes India is must visit to experience different culture of India.

    India welcomes everyone to visit.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 6:52 pm
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    I sooooo want to explore India. What a fab write up and you show just how different parts of India actually are. Stunning photos as well I just wanted to dive right into them

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  • August 23, 2017 at 10:35 am
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    Thank you for your wonderful description about India. I am glad you liked being in India and visited destinations ranging from Rajasthan to goa to hampi. However, did you stay in an Indian family or celebrated diwali with indian community? If your answer is no to any of the questions, I asked, you should come back and I bet you wouldn’t like to go anywhere!

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  • August 23, 2017 at 9:03 am
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    First, what a beautiful way to talk about a country: focus on what it gets right. I love how you have captured the pulse of India and its diversity too. Beautiful entry!

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  • August 22, 2017 at 10:48 pm
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    I’m an Indian and it’s nice to know you liked India and Indian culture. India is a melting pot of various cultures. The more you explore India, the more there will be to explore. Nainital, Mussoorie, Himachal Pradesh and Laddakh (With Pangong Lake) are some recommended hill stations for your next visit. 🙂

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  • August 22, 2017 at 10:05 pm
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    I visited Kerala many years ago and would love to go back to explore more of the country – the beautiful landscape, temples, history and the people. Such a beautiful country!

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  • August 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm
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    Fantastic post and insights, I am moving to base in India, currently in London UK.
    I really loved reading your story and your photos.
    I cannot wait to actually live in India and explore more of country.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 8:26 pm
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    first I wanna say I do love the title, second I love your photos, third I love your adventures, lastly you just brought me to India with this wonderful post 🙂

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  • August 22, 2017 at 6:38 pm
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    You’ve definitely inspired me to go to India someday! I love how comprehensive this post is, and your photos are lovely too. Thanks for sharing:)

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  • August 22, 2017 at 6:17 pm
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    This has made me really want to visit India. I don’t blame you for having a love affair with the country. Everything is raw and different.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm
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    As a fellow South African and being of Indian descent, I felt the same way about my visit to India earlier this year. I think every place I’ve visited has changed me but India had the greatest impact on my perception of the world. The simplicity of the villages, the modernization of the cities and the people in general, gives one hope that the world is changing for the better! Love your post!

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  • August 22, 2017 at 3:57 pm
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    Travel gives us perspective. The more we travel the more we learn to accept others. India is so culturally diverse that you need to be open to the differences in cultures across the country. I’m glad you enjoyed your time here.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm
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    I feel like India is one of the most beautiful places and often gets overlooked. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to visit !

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  • August 18, 2017 at 10:56 am
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    It’ nice to know you liked Indian culture and different places in India. I could not get time to explore your site but it seems you have explored a lot in India from Varanasi to Hampi, from Goa to Mumbai. So happy to know you liked my country :-)s

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  • August 18, 2017 at 6:44 am
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    India looks like such a magical place! It is totally high on my bucket list! Thanks for the great insight!

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  • August 17, 2017 at 10:12 am
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    I’ve never been to India but it seems like such a unique, once in a lifetime experience!

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  • August 17, 2017 at 3:45 am
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    India is such a beautiful country. I have only visited around the Delhi area, but even so, there is so much culture to soak in and learn from. Truly an eye-opening experience, and always wonderful to hear/read positive takeaways from others who have visited!

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  • August 16, 2017 at 6:17 pm
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    I’ve spent a whole month in India and fell in love with India as well, so I wholeheartedly understand your love affair with that country. It’s so colorful and inspiring! Great photos, btw!

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  • August 16, 2017 at 4:05 pm
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    Most people I know who have visited India weren’t terribly taken with it, so it’s refreshing to hear from someone who obviously loves India as much as you do! Glad to hear you had such a great time there. It’s indeed a fascinating country with so much history and culture!

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  • August 16, 2017 at 3:04 pm
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    Looks lovely. I’ve definitely wanted to visit India for a while now. How long was your trip? I feel like I’m waiting until I can do it justice with at least a couple weeks. What were your favorite cities or areas? I love the contrast of the different churches in your post. Spiritual places are the best!

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    • August 18, 2017 at 7:00 am
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      Hi Jessica, I have been to India twice, I have a full time job though so it is hard but I have spent 6 weeks there. We planning to take the plunge and quit our jobs end of 2018 and tour the whole of India. You must know that getting from place to place takes time unless you flying. North India is amazing because there are so many beautiful Buddhist temples it is truly an amazing spiritual experience. I loved Hampi, Goa, Varanasi and Kerela, Do it you wont regret it!

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  • August 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm
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    I couldn’t agree more with you when you say india is not for everyone. I personally love India, but I also know so many people who hated their entire time there!
    Without a doubt on either feels india or not.
    Glad you enjoyed your stay!

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  • August 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm
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    Great write up! I have always wanted to visit India but just haven’t taken the leap too.

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    • August 18, 2017 at 7:01 am
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      Hi Shareen!
      Take the leap, you will not regret it just do your research first to see what part of India you would enjoy the most

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  • August 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm
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    India is beautiful ! Only visited Kerala can not wait to go back and explore.

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