It's damn cold outside.
I woke up with a lovely case of food poisoning - and so I'm kicking myself last night for bragging to a few other travellers about how few times i've gotten sick on this trip. Sod's Law at work, for sure.
Perhaps it's just the crankyness of being forced out of bed at such an early (9AM) hour, but I'm actively contemplating cutting the India part of my trip short.
I just don't know if I want to deal with weather colder than this.
My next destination after a few more cities in this state, was up to Punjab, to see Amritsar, and the closing of the border with Pakistan. After that, I was going to head to the Paravatti Valley - where, i'm told, you can chill out in hot springs (with snow around).
For years, i've seen nature shows with monkeys lounging in snow-peaked destinations, while they stew in a hot spring for hours at a time. It seems fun.
However, I just don't know if I can deal with this cold. While hot showers in the morning are nice, the period right after when you're soaking wet and rapidly freezing your ass off is never a pleasant start to the morning.
We'll see how I feel in a few days, once my stomach has calmed down...
For sure, I will head to Varanassi and then to Orissa (on the east coast) before I depart from Calcutta.. but the question for now, is when that'll be, and where i'll go along the way.