A look back: India by number

Tonight is my last night in India. Tomorrow night, late, I fly ahead of my better half to spend some quality time caring for my body on the yoga mat, while putting forth some tentative feelers in Thailand. Plans have changed in the last minute; Ritu can no longer join me and I am curious for the alone time in the resort grounds. It may be the perfect situation to contemplate beginning to reflect on everything I’ve experienced in India, while starting to transition to a whole new country. Maybe I’ll just vegetate in the solitude. We shall see. 🙂

We have been using our time in Cochin to look back a bit, while also sorting out logistics for our upcoming plans. Looking at it from a purely statistical point of view, here is a quick rundown of my time in India.

When I fly out tomorrow, I’ll have been in India for 116 days. That’s closing in on four months.

I’ve made 29 stops at 20 different locations, in nine different states in India.

All together, I’ve spent well over a month in Delhi during my four visits there – 44 days in total. (the place I’ve spent the second longest amount of time is Mcleod Ganj at 11 days in total)

And all that I’ve seen has been just a drop in the pond of what India has to offer. At nine, I visited only 25% of India’s states and union territories.

I’ve visited 7 out of India’s 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Agra Fort, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Monuments at Hampi, Humayun’s Tomb, Qtab Minar, Red Fort Complex, Taj Mahal)

Things I’ve lost count of include the number of:

Times I have been so grateful to have Roman at my side for this trip, auto rickshaw rides enjoyed, hours spent sleeping on the night trains, stained hotel towels I’ve opted not to use, delicious curries, chapatis and coffees (and calories 😉 ) ingested, collective hours spent in Café Coffee Day, Costa and Barista, interesting philosopher-salesmen met and deflected, cows milling about the streets, dogs napping in dirt piles, cute baby goats and incredible ancient trees who’ve stolen my heart and brilliant, open smiles shared with the beautiful people here.

Thank you India!!

My India itinerary

Sep 4 New Delhi, NCToD Green Park Hotel
Sep 6 Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Meradan Grand
Sep 9 Agra, Uttar Pradesh Howard Park Plaza
Sep 10 Amritsar, Punjab Country Inn
Sep 12 Mcleod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh Surya Hotel
Sep 16 Cochin, Kerala The Casino
Sep 18 Kumarakom, Kerala Coconut Lagoon
Sep 19 Alleppey, Kerala Houseboat
Sep 20 Kovalam, Kerala Travancore Heritage
Sep 23 New Delhi, NCToD Ritu’s house
Oct 1 Mcleod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh Green Hotel, Annex Hotel
Oct 8 Amritsar, Punjab Hotel Indus
Oct 12 Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Bhandari Swiss Cottage
Oct 16 Ramnagar, Uttarakhand Hotel Corbett Kingdom, Corbett Motel
Oct 20 New Delhi, NCToD Ritu’s house
Nov 7 Jaisalmer, Rajasthan Shahi Palace
Nov 11 Jodhpur, Rajasthan Cosy Guest House
Nov 14 Jaipur, Rajasthan Karni Niwas
Nov 17 Agra, Uttar Pradesh Hotel Sheela
Nov 19 Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Teerth Guest House
Nov 24 Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Hotel Mohan
Nov 25 New Delhi, NCToD Ritu’s house
Dec 10 Mumbai, Maharashtra Chateau Windsor
Dec 13 Palolem, Goa Ciaran’s
Dec 15 Hampi, Karnataka Gopi Guest House
Dec 22 Bangalore, Karnataka Brindavan Hotel
Dec 23 Kumarakom, Kerala Cruise ‘n’ Lake
Dec 24 Thanneermukkom, Kerala Houseboat
Dec 25 Cochin, Kerala Fort Heaven Residency

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