Here in Los Angeles, where i currently sit, most folks who espouse reincarnation might speculate that they were once Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, or a high priestess to Athena. However, if reincarnation were true in this very literal view, wouldn't it be more likely that this person was once a medieval surf who farmed potatoes all day long? Nobody seems to recall this scenario.
In the north of India, there is a place with it's own twist on reincarnation. Sickly looking rats are fed sweets and milk because of the strong belief that these were once, and will be again, human beings.
One thing you can say for India: It is the most fertile soil on the earth for a diversity of spiritual stories. There is a fascinating one around every corner. Exposure to them not only gives the traveler some unique ideas about the nature of life, but also makes him/her look at their own stories in a new light. This could lead to a big "Aha!" moment.
In a future post, I'll share my personal thoughts on the idea of reincarnation. What are yours?