Embarking on our final 6 hour train journey from Bangalore to Chennai we were emotional to be rounding up our 5 month Indian journey. India has touched us in so many ways; it’s chaotic, stressful, calming, spiritual, beautiful, ugly, dirty, clean, colourful, smelly, charming, intense, exciting, poor and rich, – all at the same time! It’s impossible not fall in love with this incredible country, and not to come away with a whole new perspective on life.
On arrival at Chennai airport, we were unable to enter the departure area as we were “too early”. Instead, we were directed to another building in which we sat in the arrivals area, trying to find comfort in the metal upright seats. For hours we sat waiting, exhausted, until we were only three hours early for our flight, when we were finally allowed to enter departures. (Our earliness was due to the only available train we could take).
Finally aboard the small plane, we shed a tear as we ascended towards the sky and headed for Bangkok.
We’ve explored this diverse country up and down, side to side, round and round, and we’re already planning our return trip to experience those places we didn’t get to visit – mainly further north towards the Himalaya region… But Here’s how we did it this time:
Kolkata -> Varanasi -> Allahabad -> Khajuraho -> Agra -> Hyderabad -> Madurai -> Pondicherry -> Varkala -> Arambol (Goa) -> Anjuna -> Morjim -> Mandrem -> Palolem -> Gokarna -> Hampi -> Mysore -> Wayanad -> Ooty -> Alleppey -> Fort Cochin -> Mangalore -> Mumbai -> Ahmedabad -> Udaipur -> Jodhpur -> Jaisalmer -> Jaipur -> Pushkar -> Udaipur (again) -> Mumbai (again) -> Bijapur -> Bangalore -> Bijapur (again) -> Bangalore (again) -> Chennai
If anyone wants to ask any questions relating to our trip, I’d be happy to answer.
Have you been to India? What was your highlight and what tips would you give to those thinking about going?