Having a grandmother and grandfather who were born in India to Scottish missionaries ( a minister and doctor), I was always fascinated with the idea of going there some day. How could I not be curious when I heard my grandmother’s story recounting her discovery of a snake in her shoe when she was growing up there as a child! Because of the tales my grandmother told me and her Indian cooking, I have always had a half-hearted desire to travel there. For forty years I had been thinking about it, and then last year I finally took the plunge and went on my own since no one I knew wanted to go, including my husband!
For the most part, my trip was an incredible experience, but there were times when I just wanted to head for home. What was I doing there? Travelling solo as a woman can be a harrowing experience and for me offered many ‘ups and downs’. In two weeks, I managed to travel to the north to Rajastan and then down to the very south to Kerala. Granted one can’t see that much and really get to know the many cultures that make up India in just two weeks, but I did get a taste of two very different parts of the country which I think might represent the two extremes of the country. I found the north to be the most difficult to travel around in because there were more people, thus, more poverty and a culture that is Muslim and Hindu dominated. In Kerala, the population is less dense and the people are primarily Hindu with some Christians and more laid back. They seem to be more prosperous, probably because it’s a socialist state, and they have a higher literacy rate.
Even though I had just two weeks to experience India, I have to admit I never had a dull moment and it probably will go down as one of my most challenging but rewarding trips. So for those of you who wish to find out more about my adventures in this incredible country, please click under Incredible India in the menu.