As this lands in your inbox, I’ll be landing at SFO. It’s been an incredible two weeks. India is a place not to be missed. It’s a land of contrasts, everywhere you go. You must leave all your preconceived notions about India behind and look at it with fresh eyes.
India has over 1.3 billion people living in a country slightly more than 1/3 the size of the US. We saw beautiful homes and people living in poverty (as one sees in most countries in the world, including the US). This is not what India is about. India is about history, art, architecture, ancient, new, dry dusty lands, lush tropical areas, modern busy cities and remote, untouched rural areas. Hindus, Muslims, Christians and a smattering of other religions living together. Most women still wear traditional dress; Saris, Punjabis Churidars. The colors and designs are incredibly beautiful; I couldn’t stop taking photos. Ganesh, our guide, taught us a lot about Hinduism and their philosophies of life; one was - many blessings. If you do good things, you can be rewarded with many blessings.
This trip was full of many blessings: It was a great group to travel with. Everyone was thoughtful kind, funny, curious and compatible. The Indian people we met were very kind and gracious. Our guides were phenomenal. We saw tigers up close and personal, not always an easy feat.
We experienced Diwali, the national holiday celebrated almost like Christmas is celebrated in the USA. We had great weather in the north and even though it was hotter and humid in the south, we missed the rain. We shopped till we dropped; bringing back many treasures and managed not to have to pay excess baggage fees.
Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity and the name of the elephant that greeted us after our tiger safari. I think she did bestow all those qualities on us.
Travel does bestow many blessings on you. The life experiences broaden one’s view and perspective. You always come home changed in a positive way.
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