You know nothing by being told. This holds true even if the writer or speaker has accurate information.
Whatever information you might learn about India, the reality of India can only be realised by going there.
In this age of communication and ideas, much of the information especially in media is speculation, inaccurate or written by people that have their own agendas.
All paths have an outer and inner layer. The purpose of the outer layer, is to gather and order our perception of our world. So that we can approach that inner layer and experience it.
This process assuages our fear so that we can act. Its as if we were forging a coin of everything we have identified and through doing so develop the courage to gamble on that which is beyond our description, or even of describing.
Our mythology around death, has us paying the ferryman with a coin to cross the river of death, the river Styx.
Close your eyes, breathe, enter into that forge that is inside you and mint that coin of freedom, from all that calls your attention away.
Enter the volcano of your being, what is real will never be destroyed.