Subject: INDIA Re: extended, rtw trips?
I would recommend that you include India as part of Asia iterinary. Get an Indian Rail Pass and travel by train and make stop overs when you need it.

Suggestions:

New Delhi[for Taj Mahal] Food:Try some Aloo Paratha and Malai Kofta, Kulfi[an Indian Ice cream with no egg whites or gelatin]

Chennai[South India] aka Madras for temples with magnificent architecture Visit Mahabalipuram. Try traditional south indian food called : Idli/Sambar.

Kajuraho in Madya Pradesh[provided you like or want to see, sculptures of erotic nature]

Entire state of Kerala starting from Trivandrum to Kannur [this is best done if you rent a car with chaeuffer-this would work out to USD 30-40 per day for car, driver and fuel. This would give you time to stop when you want it and appreciate the tropics.] If you like stay in a House boat on backwaters.

Food:Try Puttu, Payar, Pappadam

Link: http://www.keralatourism.org

Mysore/Bangalore Do visit the palace in Mysore and enjoy traditional south indian food in Mysore.

Food:Try Mysore Masala Dosai and Rasam[a soup with lot black pepper and cumin]

Rajasthan for all the palaces and to see how the rajahs lived their life.

ENJOY!!! Shiva Chennai[INDIA]