Going around India we often talk to people who, like me, are visiting this great country and discover that the motivations are many and the most varied: those driven by curiosity, those with a desire for mysticism, some to try to understand a world so different from ours. There is no comparison with other destinations, India is in itself, for better or for worse. It is neither better nor worse, it is India. You could hate her and promise not to set foot in it anymore or find yourself planning a trip to a part of that country every year to visit it again.
Many people think that a trip to India is dangerous, hygienically worrying and uncomfortable, well, things have changed there too ... "Indian", but they have changed.
The country is as dangerous as other countries these days, even though here the checks are sometimes obsessive, hotels and restaurants have raised their sanitary level and a good part of the old problems have been solved. But we must never forget to be in India, where the concept of cleaning often clashes with ours.
So why go there? Because a visit to the Taj Mahal is a marvel that opens your heart, because the colorful temples of the south look like watercolors, because the scents of spices and flowers make you dizzy, because people's smiles are still genuine and unique. India is immense and should be taken in small doses: you can start by visiting Rajasthan, a state that in recent years has been satisfactorily equipped for tourism and where there are some of the most beautiful cities in India. The beautiful Jaipur, the charming and blue Jodhpur, Jaisalmer immersed in the desert.
The romantic Udaipur nestled around its lake, the small but charming Pushkar surrounded by the desert, also with a small lake where musicians, acrobats gather in the evening and the best India has to offer. And how not to mention Agra, as a city says little or nothing but the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of this world. If you then have at least fifteen days available you can enter the discreet Orcha, the erotic temples of Khajuraho kept impeccably and the shocking Varanasi where Hindus dream of going to die. It is a city that can leave its mark, hard and shocking but full of energy and sacredness. If instead of temples and history you want meditation or a nice yoga class then I recommend Rishikesh in the Uttarakand state.
India should be taken in small doses, without haste. You can run it with the drivers, they cost little and with a little attention if they find good ones, if you have time the trains arrive everywhere but here you have to have patience and a bit of spirit of adventure. Quietly you can organize a "do it yourself" without risk and then there is nothing left but to breathe deeply the magic of here places.