What Best Describes Your Reason to Travel India?

View Poll Results: What Best Describes Your India Travel Desire?
It just fits my budget & the entertainment factor never ends! 8 27.59%
Eat, Pray, Love! 4 13.79%
Spirituality - Medititation - Yoga - Religion 3 10.34%
People - Food - Culture - Trains 22 75.86%
Sighseeing - Touring - Shopping - Art - Architecture 13 44.83%
Trekking, Wildlife, Nature, Sports, The Great Outdoors! 4 13.79%
Volunteering NGOs Charity 1 3.45%
Gap Year, Break after University/Employment, School Tour 2 6.90%
Employment - Working Vacation 1 3.45%
Medical Vacation 0 0%
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#1 Sep 16th, 2011, 18:52
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What Best Describes your Reason to Travel India? (multiple selections permitted}
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. ~
T. S. Eliot

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#2 Sep 16th, 2011, 19:10
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You go first!
"Travel is fatal to prejudice,bigotry and narrow-mindedness" Mark Twain
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The first time I decided to go to India was to see the amazing monuments and temples. I also wanted to travel solo, so the fact that many Indians speak English helped me to decide to go.

The second time I went to India was because I enjoyed my first time there so much. The people of India are so nice! I really believe that "Guest is God" in India. People are just so helpful and so kind, and I enjoyed talking to them. I had an amazing time both during both trips.
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Very nice post Daisy! The Poll is now attached. You can check more than one box. Hope I covered most reasons - the site poll limit is 10 only - could have used a few more options I suppose ......
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They say that a change is as good as a holiday... India is so different from where I live in South Africa... a change in my surroundings is complete... hence a HOLIDAY.
All the senses are awakened and given a party-- at age 60 I need to keep myself awake .
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Originally Posted by cynsharr View Post All the senses are awakened and given a party-- at age 60 I need to keep myself awake .
So in other words .... to 'scrape a bit of rust from the cerebral pipes'?
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Originally... the romance, the wonder, the temples, the music...

Now... going home.
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looking for home
Wisdom comes with age, but alas, sometimes age comes alone.
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Totally agree with DaisyL...didn't know the people would be so amazing! Coming up for my second trip
It might be the best of times or the worst of times...but it's the only time you've got!
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Smile The people, the people, the people

A love affair with "all things India/Indian" for over 40 years now, about to be realized, but more about the people than anything. I don't know what it is, but when I am around Indian people, I just feel a kind of elation or a special warmth. Almost like a recognition of spirit. I love this "light" kind of feeling, and it's not really anything that I can describe, (and yes, of course I am a hopeless romantic, cannot help it, but this is something deeper). There seems to be a certain kindness or gentleness of spirit there, especially in the older people, the women, and in older married couples.

I am coming to India Monday night for the first time and I already feel as if I never want to come home again.

Ok you guys can talk about me now..."wow, what a strange bird", but oh well, there you have it!

Peak, what a nice thread!
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I love my India ... I love my India ... Oh well it's not mine but oh how I love it !
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A temporary mental unbalance that must have became permanent considering I moved here.
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Hmmmmm .... simple question, complex answer:

When I was in the third grade (way back in 1963), my public school teacher showed our class a black and white film about India - unsurprisingly titled, "Mother India". It was grainy and the voices didn't match the movement of the mouths - some of you are old enough to know what I'm talking about. But I was instantly captivated by the sights and the sounds on that old film - exotic stuff indeed for a white, middle class kid born in the Texas panhandle in the 1950s where everything was flat and dusty and ... ordinary. (How I wish I could get my hands on those ancient reels today!) From that afternoon on, I knew that someday I would visit Mother India. It took about 42 years to make my way into her arms, but I arrived at last

From the first moment I entered the air space over Delhi on that foggy January night and inhaled the winter smoke (as you know, long before exiting the plane), I knew that I was in a land and culture different in almost every way from any I had known before.

On that same first flight, I sat next to a beautiful woman - a "Delhi Delight". At some point along that 14 hour trek from Chicago, she asked me (probably out of boredom) what I hoped to see in Delhi? Being interested in comparative religion, I volunteered, "the temples".

She thought a moment and said that the day following our arrival was a Tuesday and that I should visit a Hanuman temple. Not knowing much of anything about Lord Hanuman (including that he is a monkey) and never having visited a Hindu temple before, on my first day in India I made my way to the Tuesday evening puja at the biggest Hanuman temple in Delhi. (The experiences of that evening could fill an entire article!) I was mesmerized and frightened and overwhelmed and confused and jet lagged ... and the only thing I was absolutely sure of was that I wanted more ... more knowledge of Indian culture, more experiences in India, more opportunities to explore India in as much depth as an old grey haired westerner could. I wanted to taste and touch and smell and hear and know India. I will always say that Lord Hanuman welcomed me to India and has protected me on my Indian adventures since.

Ten times I've returned to Mother India and will be back on October 29 and in February 2012. I have a Hindi tutor and am learning Telagu. This week, I finished reading my 300th book on India. I'm moving along with writing a novel set in that most mad of Indian cities, Varanasi. My enthusiasm and longing have not diminished since that far away third grade afternoon. Like Kipling so long ago, I find India wonderful and horrible ... and above all, filled with people and "things ... fascinating innumerable".
"I am in love with India...where I find the heat and smells and oils and spices, and puffs of temple incense, and sweat and darkness, and dirt and lust and cruelty, and above all, things wonderful and fascinating innumerable." Kipling 1893
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Curiosity. I can travel from America to Europe. Things are a bit different, the food a bit different, the churches and buildings are different, but pretty much the same as home.

Now India, not much the same. The language, the temples, the vegetarian diet, street food, I imagine the smells will be different. Haggling with just about everyone, touts, beggars, temples, cows, oxen, goats, elephants in the streets! Squat toilet, Bollywood movies, chai, lassi, thali, nan, trains full of people, first class, 2 tier, 3 tier, thousands of interesting faces, monks, holy men, flower markets, stray dogs, electric lines running in every direction, call to prayer, urinals in the streets, leafs as plates, hands as spoons, power failures, tuk tuks, Ambassadors, a million pictures to take, children in crisp, clean school uniforms, rickshaws, the Fairlawn, the ghats, the Taj, Park Street Cemetary, barber shop shaves, ear cleaners,

I can not wait until my feet touch the ground at The Delhi airport and I take my first sniff of India.
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The pipes certainly need de-rusting occassionally PeakXV-- I am a writer trapped in a boring bank job (a girl's gotta eat I guess)so the build-up of gumph in the brain needs to be flushed out now & then. Travelling to "different" places like Cambodia, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Morocco, Siberia AND of course India sure helps to blow the muck out of the grey matter.
I agree wholeheartedly with Drews60-- Europe is Europe is Europe! I have been to the UK to visit my children & the culture is a bit boring for a South African of European descent. Even back home I get more stimulation from the friendly smiles & foot-tapping, body-swaying musicality of my Xhosa & Zulu brothers & sisters... as a Euro-African I need to keep the brain & the soul alive. In 4 weeks time we fly to Mumbai--- cannot wait!

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