Yes, I have been to India but not intentionally!
It was my first trip to Europe many moons ago.
As we were taking off from Bombay, a bird flew into an engine which shot out flames (I was seated over it!).
We were stuck there for 2 days so I have seen a bit of it only, and did not exactly enjoy it! Too many kids begging in the streets and at the time, totally different hygiene laws to us. They would stand in a truck full of vegetables and throw them out -that was how they delivered vegetables, as we watched, horrified from our room, many floors up.
It is probably not a place I would go back to even though I realise I went to a part of the country that is not so nice and did not see much.
Yes I was in India in January for a wedding.
We were in Gudjarat state which is an industrial area and not a tourist destination. We were treated like celebreties- no exageration. People wanted photos with us and wanted me to hold their babies. They wanted me to visit their homes and eat their food.
There are huge contrasts in India. The people we visited were middle class but we saw a lot of poor people on the streets. Initially India is overwhelming- the sounds, the crowds, hustle and bustle humans and animals, litter and chaos, smells both good and bad. We decided early on that we are unable to help everyone, this is a life they are accustomed to and we are passing through briefly . We saw sad things but we were able to really help one man and his family. We were only there for 3 weeks but I could see a tollerance and gentle patience amongst Indian people that we don't have in our culture. Beautiful coloured clothing and in spite of the dirty streets most people look clean and tidy. I loved the food and there is no problem getting vegetarian meals.
We were extremely careful to avoid drinking water unless bottled and followed our drs instruction not to eat raw food or meat. We didn't get sick thankfully.
I looked forward to leaving India but I would return. I would like to see other places that are more rural.
The people were beautiful and a smile is a smile in any language.
Nice answer :-) Now I feel that my silly short one is up for misinterpretation, so I must state that I have had a love affair with the Indian people since I was five . . hence my Indian doctor. I too, have always found them to be a beautiful, gentle, spiritual people and I have never encountered any bad feelings from any of them. My father served in the war and was in India, Burma, Sri Lanka (and Egypt) and he loved the people and kept fond memories always.
No. No interest in seeing any part of Asia whatsoever. The dirt and filth, the shanty towns and the poverty are not high on my 'Must Do' list !! If I was given a free ticket there or any part of Asia, I would gladly pass it on to someone else.
Wow - I've finally found someone who thinks the same as me! You could give me first-class tickets and put me in the penthouse suite of the finest hotel and I still wouldn't go! And that's from someone who LOVES to travel...
When just an infant and then twice as a toddler, traveling with my family by ship to and from UK,we did stop at the port in Bombay for a short while,I do not recall any of those stopovers and I do not even think that passengers left the ship at all. If I ever was to visit any part of India,it would NOT be any of the cities,but the scenic and more spiritual regions.I do not truly have any desire to do so though.
No it has never interested me. It always looks hot and the traffic looks awful. I like Indian food but it doesnt like me anymore. The poverty and seeing it would upset me as there is only so much you can do to help and I seem to always take it on board with is my biggest fault in travelling.
We went to Bangalore in India, for a nephews wedding, in 2014. The wedding was over 3 nights. (In fact 65 people went over from Sydney Au.) It was wonderful. The 1st wedding night took place a week after most of us got there. Everyone was friendly, & the bride's parents were so lovely, After the wedding, everyone else went home except we stayed on for another 2 weeks in Bangalore!. Nothing much to do there, but we shopped, & walked around! It's known to be the most corrupt city in india! We would return & go somewhere else next time. I know we could have gone somewhere else after the wedding, but we thought, no we'll just stay here! Another couple who'd come to the wedding from Sweden, happen to be staying at our 1st hotel, so we'd share taxis to the various wedding venous, or travel around in the Tuk-'tuk's. When the Swedish couple left, we changed hotels to a slightly cheaper one.& I enjoyed looking out the window, at the people walking up & down, or riding their motor scooters. Across the road from our window, was a grog shop that sold drugs, buy my husband only went over there for the odd bottle of beer! He'd mostly buy his beers from the tiny supermarket down the road. I picked us a box of Tim Tams from there once & when I got them back to our room, I noticed we'd been changed $8.75 for them, so we returned them for a refund! (I was only used to paying $2.50 for a packet!)