India 1987

India Richly Rewards the Patient and Open-Minded Traveler

India is a challenging country to backpack in. The cultural differences between India and the West are great but it is this that makes the experience more rewarding in the end.

I arrived in New Delhi in April, 1987. The crowding, noise, pollution, and poverty were all quite jarring but after the first few days I begin to take most of it in stride. I could not really get used to seeing people in the advanced stages of leprosy however. Many of the countless beggars I encountered there suffered from that horrible affliction. A cure for leprosy had been available for decades before 1987.

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