We have come back from 10 days in India saying this was our best holiday yet. India is so different to home, the people, food, noise, smells, heat, buildings, food shops and transport but many things are familiar too - English speaking, fruit and veg markets, reserved train tickets, tea, chips, hotels, palaces, mobile phones. I feel it's a great experience for children to be part of India and experience and learn about their way of life, history, culture, religion and values. They do stare at you but equally we are interested in looking at them with their colourful saris and motorbikes with four people on and cows in the street. Even thirty pounds of pocket money for our children can buy them some good souvenirs and teach them the value of money. You come back feeling different about our life and wonder why we are so materialistic and stress ourselves out filling our days with clubs, activities, music, x-boxes and so much driving. But it doesn't last for long until you get sucked into our way of life again yet long to go back and explore a different part of India and hopefully see a tiger next time!