Who are these strangers and why are they on a bus with me?

The day we got lost in Old Delhi, we were in a hurry to get back to our hotel because we had a 6 p.m. commitment to meet the strangers who would be our companions for the next 15 days. We were joining a group tour operated by G Adventures and titled Delhi to Kathmandu adventure. The tour will take us to several sites in northern India, including Jaipur, Varanasi and Agra, then into Nepal.

I enjoy organized tours because they take over all the planning and details of the trip. Plus, the chance to meet people who like to travel and probably have their own traveling anecdotes to share always appeals to me.

But, bursting into our introductory meeting nearly 30 minutes late was not the way we would have chosen to make an impression upon the group.


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