We had an amazing time. India was everything people say - both good and bad. It's an absolute overload to the senses and can be a lot to absorb but I really enjoyed spending time there.
Our itinerary hit the three cities of the "golden triangle" - a popular tourist route. We started in Delhi, stopped in Agra and Jaipur and then returned to Delhi for a final few days.
On our first full day, we met a local guide for a tour the old city's religious sites, browsing the bazaar, riding the metro and sampling some of the food. Talk about sensory overload. Just amazing. The feeling of not knowing where to look but wanting to look at everything is something I experienced a lot on this trip but perhaps no where more so than the old part of Delhi.
From visiting a Sikh temple (where thousands of free meals are given out daily) to touring a Jain bird hospital, from oogling lane after lane of tiny bazaar shops (selling every kind of doo-dad) to being squished in with (what felt like the entire population of India) down a few narrow crevices in the city - it was quite the introduction.
And that was just one day! We knew we would be back at the end of the trip so we said goodbye for now to Delhi and got in the car for a 5 hour drive to Agra.