Hot off a beach wedding with their friends and family in the Turks and Caicos Islands, newlyweds Vanessa and Gavin Hood jetted around the world to northern India. The Washington, D.C., couple were hoping for a dramatic contrast to the Caribbean -- and that's exactly what they got with this far-flung adventure.
Two weeks (April 19 to May 1, 2010)
Jim Strong of Strong Travel Services (strongtravel.com)
"We traveled around India, staying mostly at Amanresorts [amanresorts.com] along the way. Our first stop was the Aman in New Delhi. Then we hopped a train to Aman-i-Khas, near Ranthambore National Park. After that, we headed to Amanbagh, in Rajasthan, to experience rural India, and we ended our trip in Jaipur at the Rambagh Palace [tajhotels.com]," says Gavin.
Our favorite memory
"Yoga at sunrise in the Bhangarh ruins," says Vanessa. "There were langur and macaque monkeys in the trees, and it just felt so remote. Locals say the site is haunted; it was allegedly deserted after an evil magician cursed it."
The first thing we told our friends about
"The Bengal tigers," says Gavin. "We took safaris from Aman-i-Khas to see them. We had to wait hours for them to appear, but it was worth it."
The best meal we had
"We loved the food so much that we took a class at Aman-i-Khas," says Vanessa. "We made masala dosas, crepes filled with spicy potatoes. They were delicious!"
Our craziest moment
"Anytime we were in a car. The roads are complete madness -- cows crossing, camels cantering by, rickshaws swerving in front of you -- it makes New York City look tame," says Gavin.
Our best decision
"India is a vibrant and chaotic country, so we were happy we splurged on luxurious, relaxing resorts," says Gavin.
If we could do it all over again
"We wouldn't change much -- but we'd definitely add a trip to the Taj Mahal," says Vanessa.