Today we’re in the middle of nowhere, way off the beaten path to see a site the size of an Egyptian pyramid, only it’s not immediately noticeable because it’s an inverted pyramid with its base at ground level. The massive, impressive structure called the Chand Baori is an ancient water well in the dry region of India, in the state of Rajasthan, located in the village of Abhaneri, about one hour outside Jaipur on the road to Agra.
Dubai is one big shopping center.
The airport is one huge shopping center with airplane gates attached.
Once in the city proper, there are so many high-end shopping centers, all filled with shoppers, that shopping and Dubai are almost synonymous.
I was traveling to India through Dubai. I didn’t realize that 1/3 of the population of Dubai is Indian. As usual, I carried what I needed on board in a backpack. I don’t like risking losing baggage in foreign countries when I have connecting flights. This happened to me once on a trip to Egypt. I had to get someone who spoke Arabic to call Egypt Airlines repeatedly until I was granted access to the lost baggage area at the airport, a room the size of a football field filled with baggage of all types. That didn’t happen until the day before I was to leave the country. But I did find my bag there. A lot of valuable touring time was wasted in the effort.
Avoidable travel problems just annoy the heck out of me and make travel less appealing for most people. Getting a visa to visit India was one such aggravation.
The rules are different depending on what country your passport is from. America makes it very hard for people from some countries to visit our shores and other countries retaliate by doing the same for American citizens. India requires Americans to have a visa to visit, and there are various visas you can qualify for. The best one to get is a 10-year visa, allowing you to enter multiple times over a 10-year period. This is generally reserved for people doing business in India, but it is also necessary if, for example, you travel to Nepal and return through the Delhi airport, the nearest airline hub.