Many have travelled to this land of sharp contrasts, from The Beatles to Steve Jobs, in search of creative freedom – and have found it. Even perennially swamped businesspeople have stayed on after what was supposed to be a weeklong trip to India, for several months, even a year. I know someone who decided to make a dash for India, having never been before, immediately after the crisis, and he travelled around on a month’s savings for six months. He would share this valuable piece of advice: don't plan and don’t book anything in advance because with some Indian cities, you want to get out of there as soon as possible, whereas with others, you want to stay on for an undetermined period of time. And as the county’s tourist slogan ‘Incredible India’ suggests, its first impression is guaranteed to shock.

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