India is beautiful and ugly, disturbing and peaceful, clean and dirty, rich and abjectly poor. If you are thinking of going, this extended travel story (17,000 words, nearly 60 photos) gives you some idea of what to expect. While the Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Khajuraho (where the Kama Sutra was written), Varanasi (and shopping) are covered, the chapters also explore the street life of the cities and villages as well as love and marriage, the status of women, the caste system, funeral rites and corruption. India is quite different, and some background is helpful to minimize culture shock. Travel with me from city to countryside to ancient forts to tiger preserve by plane, bus, train, Land Rover, rickshaw, balloon, boat, camel and on foot, engaging all of your senses to see, hear and smell India. This is not a day-by-day travel story (though our itinerary is at the back), but rather an exploration of this huge and ancient country. Reading this will be an experience. Going to India will be a life changing one.