Having spent the last 3 months moving around northern India, we had grown accustomed to how things are done in the North but now it was time to venture into the cities of southern India to see how great a difference there really is between North and South. The big northern cities such as Delhi, Varanasi, Amritsar and Jaipur are much more densely populated with crowded bazaars, chaotic streets and non-stop action from sun up to sun down. By comparison the big southern cities which we visited such as Hyderabad, Bangalore and even Mysore to an extent have a different feel to them; cleaner, more suburban areas, not as hectic and generally more approachable and easier to negotiate.
Before we entered into the 'south' south India, we went to Nasik and then onwards to Aurangabad to explore the surrounding caves at Ajanta & Ellora. Although both of them are in Maharashtra, in the central region of India, they are below the Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges, which divide India into two halves. So technically we had crossed into the southern part of India, and Nasik and Aurangabad as the halfway house would be our diving board into the deeper reaches of South India.