I am traveling from the north of India until the very south. Many places are not on the typical tourist map for India. This makes the journey more exciting but also not easier. I can feel the amazement on the streets. Many people have never seen a foreigner especially with their own car. So how is it to explorer a country besides the main tourist paths?
One word which could describe Varanasi: Sureal. A little bit of magic hangs over the city together with clouds of smoke of burned people. Death is an important part in this city full of live. A portrait about one of the oldest cities in the world.
I just arrived in India and already had a special experience. Seeing once a time the life at the countryside. I met Arvin on the internet platform Couchsurfing who invited me to his parents farmers house.
Nepal is a country which I always wanted to see. The Himalaya is rising here like out of nothing from the Indian plateau. A colorful mix of Buddhist, Hindus and tourists moves through the country which only a few visited with their own car.
I prepared myself almost three years for this moment. Crossing India with your own car! And for sure it was not only the journey to reach India, it was India itself which made me doing all of this. My first impression thereby were very different.