Our trip of a lifetime...

#31 Sep 9th, 2012, 01:28
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Smile Just an aside

I'd be wary of putting "trip of a lifetime" label on any trip, if you really mean it. It puts too much pressure on things going well and though most trips do go well, there are often unexpected bumps in the road. In truth, we've probably done 1/2 dozen "trips of a lifetime" but always realize that it hopefully won't actually turn out to be the one & only & there will be more ahead! We tend to use that term for a trip that costs more than most & is of longer duration. In 2011 we did an around-the-world 10 week "trip of a lifetime" (including 5 weeks in India & 1 week in Nepal) because we hadn't done anything that expensive or long in 25 years but we are hoping that there is another big trip in our future!

The main point is, you can't cram dozens of trips into one month & India requires repeat visits, it's just too big to do all in one go. It's like trying to see Alaska, Hawaii, the Rocky Mountains, New York, Florida, San Francisco and Canada in a month. You wouldn't experience anything but lots of plane rides.

Now that India has inexpensive domestic flights, you can do a bit more than the old days when trains were the only good way to get anywhere but could take days between places. In 1976 it took us 2 nights & 3 days to get from Mumbai to Delhi by train--2nd Cl. sleeper!
#32 Sep 9th, 2012, 02:50
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Thanks so much Steven, I really appreciate your help and advice.
Havelock looks fantastic!
I plan to spend the evening reading up on it.

Its an interesting question. I think YouTube has done the damage for us.
Whilst the images of the evening rituals look fantastic and the shots of boats gliding through the mist look so evocative, the videos of dead bodies bobbing around the tourist boats, combined with the descriptions, some on this forum, of it being an inhospitable city have put us off.
I have read a blog in which a couple watch a body float around outside their balcony for an hour. They go out for the day and when they return it's still there, only to be tied to a rope and towed away up river.
I understand the link between life and death at Varanasi but I think it would be rather too overwhelming for me.

Perhaps our next visit will be the time for Varanasi?
#33 Sep 9th, 2012, 03:20
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Thanks Camelgirl. A really interesting post.

'Trip of a lifetime ' was a title for the threadratherthan a plan. We are aware that this is our first holiday without our five kids and the first no second, time we have strayed outside Europe.
So I guess we have already placed a high level of expectation on it.
We'll try and keep a lid on it!!

That sounds like an epic train journey!

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