Diarrhea and India go together like rice and curry. “Delhi Belly” is nearly inevitable on a prolonged trip to the subcontinent, and I succumbed early on, suffering from a serious case in Agra.
After visiting the Taj Mahal, I headed over to the nearby Agra Fort, where the Mughal emperors ruled their kingdom for hundreds of years.
I catch the train from Delhi to Agra to check out the world-famous Taj Mahal. Hoping to beat the crowds, I wake up early in the morning and watch the sunrise over this beautiful monument built as an everlasting memorial to love and God.
Each year, the Salaam Baalak Trust rescues thousands of children from Delhi’s streets. They also operate a tour of the Paharganj neighborhood, conducted by former street kids.
Built for the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun’s Tomb in South Delhi was the very first Persian-style garden tomb in India – a precursor to Agra’s Taj Mahal.
Indira Gandhi – India’s first female prime minister – was one of the most influential and controversial leaders of the country. In South Delhi, I visited her former residence and the site of her assassination in 1984.
During my first day in India, I hopped on the Delhi HOHO bus for a tour around India’s capital. It turned out to be a lucky decision and the perfect introduction to my Indian adventure!
Paharganj is the first (and often last) port of call for most backpackers to India. I found it to be a good place to get started, even thought it wasn’t the most attractive place in the city.
While India can be a challenging country, it can also be very rewarding, especially for the solo traveler. And in this country of more than 1 billion, you may be travelling alone, but I can guarantee you will rarely be lonely.
Home to a back-breaking sulfur mining operation, the active Kawah Ijen Volcano in East Java was one of the highlights of our trip to Indonesia.