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!!
|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|