People always say that you either love India or you hate it – but that's not true. You can love India and hate it. You can vacillate between those two emotions on an almost hourly basis whenever you're in this inspiring and infuriating country. You can love the people. You can hate the crush. You can love the colour. You can hate the rubbish. You can love the personality. You can hate the hassle. And on, and on, and on.
One feeling about India, however, will remain constant: it's fascinating. There's perhaps no more fascinating country on the planet. There's just so much to the travel experience here, so much that will shock and please and anger you, so much of what humanity has to offer being thrown at you at one time.
There's history in India, both colonial and ancient. There's modern culture, from Bollywood to the selfie obsession. There's amazingly good food, beautiful landscapes, buzzing cities, and fantastic people: more than 1.3 billion of them, who speak 23 languages and follow seven major religions. In other words, there's more in this country that you'll ever be able to see in an entire lifetime.
On this episode of Flight of Fancy, the Traveller.com.au podcast, I'm joined by fellow writers Michael Gebicki and Sue Williams to tackle India, to see if they can't figure this place out. How do you get the best out of this sometimes-infuriating place? Where should you visit? What should you do? And how do you make sure it all runs smoothly?
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