With nearly a sixth of the world's population, India is home to 29 languages, the religious practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and tribal religions, some of the spiciest food on the planet, and a highly segregated rich and poor class.
Thanks to the ancient caste system, crimes of social injustice, discrimination, forced prostitution, and human trafficking occur daily.
Baby girls are often killed and abandoned, simply because of the financial burden on their families. Lepers are treated as untouchables, and the poorest of the poor live in slums.
Will you share hope with the poor, abandoned, and outcast in India?
Handshakes are common greetings in urban areas. In general, physical contact between opposite genders should be avoided.
It is not uncommon to see beggars or even small children approaching stopped cars to ask for money. Giving should be at your discretion, but if done, should be hidden so as not to attract more beggars.
Different religious groups have varying dietary restrictions. Hindus do not drink alcohol or eat beef or products with gelatin. Many Hindus are vegetarians, and consequently many restaurants have a wide selection of vegetarian options. Muslims typically do not eat pork or drink alcohol.
Hindi, Bengali, Telugu
Go to Agra and tour some impressive structures like the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Of course you must witness what some consider to be the most beautiful building in the world, The Taj Mahal.
Head down south to Mumbai for incredible beaches and food. Take a boat to Elephant Island, an island with with no elephants, lots of monkeys, and a bunch of cool caves.
If you are in Kolkata go to the Eden Garden, a massive cricket field. There is also the house where Mother Teresa conducted her ministry, her tomb, and a museum about her life.