I'm going to start this off by saying my one and only regret from my time in India was not taking more photos. I have plenty of photos from up in the mountains; however, my time in the city is very undocumented in terms of photos. So for that reason and because the mountains are a vastly different experience than the city I will focus mainly on my trip up to Kasol & Tosh in the Himalayas.
I arrived at New Delhi airport on 12th October filled with so much excitement and nervousness about what to expect from my trip in India. I stepped out of the airport and thought to myself, "wow, I am REALLY far from home." It's a very surreal feeling to be 9,000 miles away from home...the only way I know how to describe it is to say that it is both exhilarating and terrifying. I anxiously awaited my friend's arrival and immediately felt filled with joy and excitement again once I was greeted with their smiling faces. I will never forget the first thing they said to me when I got in the car, "Now Traci, we have to warn you....traffic laws in India are just a suggestion." I laughed, but they weren't kidding!
I spent the next two days with friends in Gurgaon/Delhi and we discussed our plans to make the trip up to Kasol. I took this time as a chance to rest since I had been traveling across Europe for two weeks prior to arriving in India, but I was excited and knew the best part of my travels were yet to come. My friends had been telling me about Kasol for over a year...ever since I made the decision to visit India. My friends finalized the travel plans; there were several of us going so we decided to book a private cab to drive us instead of taking a bus.