Part of us was really excited about India, the other part was nervous.  A week before our arrival, the prime minister announced a demonetization plan that would remove 80% of India’s paper currency from circulation.  At around the same time, the US state department issued its first country-specific terrorism warning in southern Asia.  And shortly after we arrived, a train derailment in northern India led to the death of 150 people.  Nevertheless, after our visit, we both said that India is at the top of our list in terms of places we'd want to visit again.  Check out some of what we learned here.




Favorites in Bold




  • Chandni Chowk Market
  • Strolling streets aimlessly
  • An Indian Wedding
  • Connaught Place
  • Lotus Temple (Baha’i Temple)
  • President's Home & Parliament Buildings
  • Red Fort
  • Jama Masjid Mosque


  • Minivan bus rides through Kerala with the Chan family
  • Bike riding in Kumarakom to visit villages
  • Munnar Tea Plantation Visit
  • Sunset hike through countryside
  • Stop at Hindustan Spices & Herbal Garden
  • Scenic bus rides through Munnar
  • Kannan Devan Hills Tea Museum
  • Travel from Kumarakom to Alleppey via houseboat (or a Ketuvalloms, “boat with knots,” or rice barge)
  • Explore Vembanad Lake and Backwater Islands
  • Hang out near Cochin International Airport during strikes


  • Amber Fort
  • Windy Palace
  • Jaipur City Palace
  • Jantar Mantar Museum (Astronomical Museum)
  • Johari Bazaar
  • Block printing Shop
  • Marble Sculpture Workshop
  • Handmade Rug Shop
  • Lake Palace
  • See our post from Jaipur

Check out our friend James Shigihara's amazing video of Amelia and Kunal's wedding...


Where did we go next?

the netherlands