Sticking to the theme from yesterday, it seems appropriate for me to share my experience traveling to India for work. I spent 2 weeks in Hyderabad training our account optimization team in December, 2012. Given how long and arduous the trip is across the globe, I figured I'd make the most of my time and explore some other parts of the country during the weekends.
With so many culturally unique regions, it was nearly impossible deciding where to visit in India. I flirted with the idea of traveling south to Goa or Kerala. However, after some much needed advice from a local expert, I settled on India's Golden Triangle. While not quite off the beaten track, this tourist circuit includes some of the most historically significant sites in the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. I mean, I couldn't go to India without visiting the Taj Mahal.
Traveling solo through India is not for the faint at heart, particularly in the aforementioned cities. On the surface, all three are intense, chaotic and frankly a bit overwhelming. However, once you step back and stop trying to make sense of it all, you quickly discover exhilarating beauty amidst the chaos. I came to this realization walking through Jaipur's old city. As I crossed the street, I was flanked by a donkey on my right, dozens of motorcyclists on my left and a painted elephant directly in front of me. Moments like that make you say, "f*ck it!"
When in Delhi, treat yourself to a personal driver for a day. It will run you less than $100 USD and save you so much time you'd otherwise be spending hopelessly navigating the city. Make sure to check out Hauz Khas Village and Khan Market for some great shopping. While there, why not try some authentic Mexican cuisine in India? Swing by La Bodega, opened by our good friend and global jetsetter, Smriti Goyal.