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Finding the Energy for India

India is a frenetic, fast-paced place. Home to over a billion people, it is one of the most populated countries in the world. Everywhere you look in cities like Agra, Delhi and Mumbai, are people, people, and more people. Tourists, locals, touts, hawkers, children, not to mention the cows and rickshaws fighting for space among the crowds. A visit to India can be exhausting and overwhelming, especially for those visiting for the first time. Even for experienced travelers, a visit to India can be a challenge.

How to deal? There are a few tactics seasoned travelers have employed to beat the travel slump and keep the energy of India from wearing them down.  One way is to seek out the “real India,” which doesn’t have to mean avoiding all the tourist sites, it just requires taking some additional time to step further off the beaten path. Mixing in some city time with visits to more rural areas can help, and when you need to, sacrifice a bit of your budget for some additional comfort, which can often make all the difference to a weary, worn-down traveler.

Many people on a round the world trip choose to save India for last, thinking the experience they gain on the road will help them better prepare for the chaos of India. But then by the time they get on those flights to India they’re already a little tired of the road and maybe anxious for the comforts of home, and many find that by then they just don’t have the energy to deal with the sensory assault of India. The consensus from most travelers seems to be that if they had it to do all over again, they’d visit India sooner in the trip. If you’re on round the world trip, consider doing the same. India is a beautiful, colorful, vibrant country, but it’s one that can also run a traveler down quickly. And you don’t want to be too exhausted to enjoy all this country has to offer.

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