India is a kind of madness one can’t explain; it is the sound of 1.3 billion people trying to make life happen. The noise is incessant: endless hooting (horn blowing), the push and shove of tuk-tuks, cars, busses and bicycle rickshaws, not to mention the persistent shouts of vendors.

When preparing for a budget trip to India disregard, as far as possible, any clearly defined expectations. Nothing can prepare you for India if you come from a western or afro-western context.