Comments on: What India Taught Me, Part 1: A Taxi Nightmare and Where Lost Baggage Goes to Die travel wide, live deep Fri, 22 May 2015 12:00:16 +0000 hourly 1 By: Sunaina S Sat, 04 Feb 2012 11:14:03 +0000 Interesting post! I think u should visit India one more time.. :-) 😉

By: Daniel Noll Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:15:27 +0000 @Madhu: Yes, India is a unique place. One that we enjoy. Glad you like the 360 panorama of the ghat in Udaipur. The software we use for spherical panoramas is Autopano Giga and Tour.

And we are glad that you found our website. More on India soon (I know I’ve been promising the next in the series of this piece forever.) We literally just finished our India photos (from our visit 2 years ago). Like a good tea, India experiences take time to steep.

By: Madhu Nair Sun, 06 Mar 2011 04:19:23 +0000 Hi guys,
Lovely read …

What s/w are you using for the 360deg view of the Ghat?
It is fabulous.

India can drive a sane person up the wall … :)

Anyways … I am glad I found your website … Lots of info …


By: Daniel Noll Wed, 01 Dec 2010 10:26:41 +0000 @marylouise: Namaste! There was a promise. Then there was a case of multiple failed hard drives that took a few well-intentioned drafts with it. Thus the grueling delay.

I’m going to go out on a limb and do something that my mother told me never to do: make a promise. Part II of this series will come later this month. A delayed holiday gift to our readers…and myself.

@Adam: Great to see you here and thank you for your comment. I’m not sure I’d characterize India as backward — particularly these days. For sure, its ways are unique. Maybe I’d use the word circuitous. But I get what you are saying. The place is perplexing…in a vaguely addictive sort of way.

Your experience of buying bus tickets in Jodhpur reminds me of buying train tickets in India 13 years ago, a process that was a far cry from today’s ease of purchasing train tickets online. There was never any clarity, even once the tickets were purchased and money exchanged hands.

In any event, things do have a way of working in India, in their own way.

By: Adam Wed, 24 Nov 2010 17:56:23 +0000 Great recap of the craziness and chaos and seeming backwardness that is India. We were there for the first time a little over a year ago, and the story of trying to retrieve your bag sounds earily similar to our attempt to buy bus tickets in Jodhpur. It seemed as though we were getting a massive run-around that made no sense at all, but eventually, it just worked, much like everything in India. I don’t know how it works, but it just does. I can’t even imagine dealing with India 13 years ago with the lack of technology that is there today, much less on a first big trip.

India is just a place you really have to experience yourself to truly understand it, but you do a fantastic job of describing it. I look forward to more!

By: marylouise sillman Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:21:10 +0000 Namaste! I return to your India site from time to time with the hope of additional marvelous stories on your India adventures………seems as though there was a promise of 2 or 3 more to be written????

By: Defining Moments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:45:27 +0000 […] for a creative sabbatical and have yet to come home.  Within their adventures they’ve found where lost baggage goes to die, food they’ll never eat again, and how to get outside their comfort […]

By: Daniel Noll Tue, 04 May 2010 12:00:53 +0000 @Chris: Excellent points. Even in May, places like Varanasi and Calcutta were 100-105+ degrees F (~40 C). Although we have not yet been to Ladakh, a summer trip there sounds like an excellent idea to us.

By: Chris Haskett Tue, 04 May 2010 04:40:34 +0000 @promise: if it has to be July, you should know that it will be very hot and very rainy in virtually all of India. The obvious exception is Ladakh, in the northernmost part of the country. That will cover old very nicely, but will not be very ‘India,’ and definitely not be very ‘city.’ Lots of old Buddhist monasteries and some very traditional farming villages, plus very very friendly people, and mountain-climbing type adventures if youre looking for that.

By: Daniel Noll Tue, 04 May 2010 01:13:43 +0000 @promise: It really depends on how much time you have. Without knowing that, a little bit of southern India and a little bit of northern India would be my recommendation. Keep in mind, most people do a tourist circuit in the north that includes Delhi-Jaipur-Agra-Varanasi. I’d recommend something a bit different if your budget and timing can handle it:
Kerala (and the backwaters specifically):
Madras / Chennai:
Fort Cochin / Kochin:
In the north, I’d go to Udaipur instead of Jaipur (Udaipur was great…we actually haven’t finished putting up all of our photos from our trip there):
And I think Varanasi is not to be missed.
And if you must, the Taj Mahal. I was there on my first visit to India, but skipped it this time around (my second visit and Audrey’s first visit as an adult) and we had a terrific time anyhow.