Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Visiting India (Part 1 of 6)
In the summer of 2014, I had the good fortune to visit India for the wedding of my close friend Ganesh. I spent three weeks in southern India with most of my time in Tamil Nadu and a few days in Kerala. This will be the first in a six part series about my time in India. One post every other day.
I was lucky to spend a large amount of the time with Ganesh’s friends and family. They were unbelievably friendly, generous, and welcoming. I can’t thank them enough for all they did for me! It was an amazing trip.
I will try to keep this series focused on the scenery and the motorcycles. I might write a few posts about the food over on my food blog; we’ll have to see how ambitious I get. In short, the food was some of the best I have ever had.
The flight to India from Minneapolis was the longest I have had to date! I flew from Chicago to Dehli to Chennai and then took an overnight train to Erode where my friend’s family lives. It was about 40+ hours of travel time to get there. I was severely jet lagged. At that time, they were 10.5 hours time difference. On the return journey, I flew from Coimbatore to Chennai to Dehli to Chicago to Minneapolis. The Dehli to Chicago leg was about 14.5 hours the single longest flight I have been on. It was totally worth it.
During the trip I saw so many great sights from mountains to ocean and everything in between. It was hard to trim down the photos into a series of posts. While I was there, I tried to unplug from technology and just live in the moment. I took some photos, but not nearly as much as I normally do. It was nice to just experience what was happening without worrying about trying to figure out how to share it.
(Wedding photo courtesy of Jarwin Tee)
Google Map of Tamil Nadu.