As a tourist, being a vegetarian sometimes is the biggest hassle. To accompany that ‘Brown’ skinned people are usually looked upon in a certain way. Over the years, travelling with fellow Indians and vegetarians, I have realized that we have specific needs and requirements. Plus the tourism industry is growing, Indians are taking to travelling more seriously. Thus, Giving me an opportunity to add sections for vegetarians and Indians in each of my post. I have tried to detail put the thought for the same. My apologies, but I have generalized the characteristics into a group. Might not be true, might be true, but I subscribe to it based on experience.
|My wife – My vegetarian Inspiration|
|My travel light partners.|
- We travel HEAVY.
As I pointed out above, we had just one bag for FOOD. I’m just waiting for the day we go for a trek and what I would do! But in all my travels, be it friends or family, there is something that is carried more than required. This also stems out of the fact that India is a country where porters, bell boys and taxi guys pickup your luggage at every point imaginable from stations, to pilgrim places. Most pilgrim places that are hard to reach where there are special arrangements on ponies for your luggage for treks of 10 – 20 kms. That is probably the toughest trek most Indians do in their lives.
- We don’t understand Queues.
We don’t wait in line even to pray. There also all sorts of shortcuts are available as per your pockets, and we are experts in finding them. The moment a chink is exposed in the armor of a snake queue we will create a bottleneck. The same case is there on railway stations, airports and even bus stops. In India, there is a system of throwing your handkerchief in the state transport bus and where your handkerchief falls becomes your seat! With such privileges, why exactly would you want to stand in a Queue.
- Public transport is only for Daily Commute.
Another Cliche, but on the last Kerala trip, I had a chauffeur driven (chauffeurs in India are cheap, so such us a very common practice) waiting outside the airport, while foreign tourists who traveled with me on the same flight took a bus and headed out. The head was a little hung in shame. In my defense, there is too much crowding and cramping in daily life, why get the same on a vacation? Especially in India, where the whole package comes for relatively cheaper.