I was in Gujarat which is a state near the Pakistani border and in Mumbai and Deli and the city Agra I think where the Taj Mahal is located. I think though that the Taj Mahal is closed now to all tourists. Also remember that there is no less inhabited areas in India. I think like each state has over 10million people or at least it feels like it. A lot of people everywhere you go.
So I guess it was a little of both. But more then anything we stayed in Gujarat it was a nice place and remember that the infrastructure is not the same as here. There is nothing as bad as the traffic in Deli and the roads too. It took 8 hours back from the Taj when we returned at night. I think the majority of the time on the road spent was less then 20miles. Very bad road system in India. And then there are the animals on the roads and that ranchers allow for their cattle to go around the cities at least in the less popular places. There were cows everywhere and water buffalo as well.