Good to see people actually say good things about India. India is a chaotic country. It’s hard to understand India but If you love India, India will love you back unconditionally. These tips are pretty spot-on. I did pretty much the same itinerary as you but in August and September. It was still crazy hot, and I say this as someone Bee Kind Tees shirt lives in the tropics. I loved it though. Once you learn to just kind of relax into it (at the same time as staying vigilant to scammers!) it gets easier. I was planning on going back this year in October and November but anyway. Maybe next year? Good to hear someone liking India, instead of shitting on it. Also, Indians can not say “no”, so if you are asking 20 people if they know the way, they will all say yes. Even when it is wrong, it is rude to say no. Just FYI.
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Oh, I bet that was awesome. Haha, it’s definitely not America. Ug, yeah, I was pretty sad not to make it up to the mountains. Sikkim closed before India as a whole did, and it was like 2 days before I was trying to be there. Another time! That’s too bad 🙁 but then again, a whole reason to go back, right? Look up Glenary’s in Darjeeling. The best British raj place in the hills, Bee Kind Tees shirt. The whole of Darjeeling is an old British Hill Station, so it is just lovely. Spent 2 nights in the hospital there too, dysentery 🙂 but amazing care, so good. Glad you liked it, breaks my heart when I read people shitting on the country as a whole- it has its moments, for sure, but I love the place. I’d heard Darjeeling was really nice. Oy, dysentery, no good! Not liking India would be like not liking America. Totally ridiculous opinion to have for a place with so much variety.
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Yea, well dysentery was my fault, really. Being a newbie (vs a year in which I just became Indian) I rinsed my toothbrush in train water. Yes, I know, stupid, really stupid. I thought “how bad can it be?”…2 days, 10 nurses, 1 private room in a ww1 hospital, with a private doctor, all the meds I needed (my partner had to go across the street to the pharmacy to get my supplies), less than $200usd. He was in too, just for 1 night, i was in for 2; could you imagine the cost in the US? Plus, we had World Nomads insurance, so totally refunded when we got back to the states. But the stories? Still, to this day, a great story. I hope you are able to get back, really. Northern India is so, so beautiful. Worth the trip just for that.