I can't seem to use enough exclamation points to describe India without looking like I've been paid to do that, but I can't help myself as it's truly an incredible country with so many facets to it. I recently joined six girlfriends on an India adventure that took us from Bangalore to Hampi to Badami and finally to Goa. The journey was made entirely on the road with a driver and a van, many bottles of water, many bottles of wine, many pieces of luggage, many Pepto-Bismol pills (it worked!) and one snack bag.
The roads to all our destinations were surprisingly smooth and well maintained, but I can't say the same for the driving or rather the India-way of driving. The India way of driving is to assume that every driver on the road has their foot on the gas pedal to go-forward (of course, why else would you be in a vehicle??), and no one will brake. And if there is a slower vehicle in front of you, the unwritten road-rule is you can't slow down, you must pass the slow-moving vehicle by going into the other lane irrespective of the fact that the other lane has on-coming traffic heading right towards you. If I was a younger me and if my traveling companions were a younger them, I think we could have had some fun with this type of driving and made a game of how many vehicles we could tap out of our windows (and drivers we could have fist-bumped) as we passed them---because we most certainly could have, and with very little effort. Despite this style of 'bumper-car' driving, I would do it again and highly recommend it to get to Hampi and Badami, ancient cities with an incredible rich history, architecture and landscape.