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There was quite a crowd at the Lotus Temple on Christmas Day. A young boy came up to me to tell me that it was his dream to visit America one day. I assured him that he would.

Having spoken about potential challenges you might encounter in India, I don’t want to dissuade anyone from visiting. The majority of Indians are welcoming and friendly. You may even be invited into the home of an Indian family, which is likely to be a wonderful experience.

My visit to Delhi was an exhausting but rewarding one: it was perhaps the most difficult trip I’ve ever taken, but as soon as I came home, I wanted to go back and volunteer for one of the NGOs. I love Indian culture and Indian food, and I certainly intend to make it back one day.

Once you are prepared for what you will face here, you're ready for the cultural experience of a lifetime.

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Sam Antonio Feb. 12, 2013 @ 6:48 p.m.

Great article Derek. I have yet to travel to India, but it is on my short list of places to experience. India with its flavors, culture, people, history and rich colors is a photographer's paradise. Thank you for the travel inspiration!

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Derek Ray Feb. 13, 2013 @ 6:28 a.m.

Thanks, Sam. I've enjoyed your stories and photo as well. My trip to India was one of the most memorable and rewarding cultural experiences I've had. I recommend a visit and I'm sure you'll return with some rich material.

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