Hi Vladimir! Thank you for the comment! I’m so happy to hear you’re inspired to repeat the experience — I promise it’s worth it!
I have been writing monthly travel expense reports on this blog detailing how I spend my budget. You can see the first report here: Frugal Travel Report for March 2010
I totally agree that India is the place to start — I’m a bit biased, but I think it has such incredible diversity, history, and culture that it makes for an incredible first experience. Tibet is also high on my list and if it weren’t so difficult to get into, I would’ve added it to the end of my upcoming Nepal trip!