Thanks guys. I'll be there for work and traveling between India (Hyderabad) and China (Shanghai). I'll have most of my time in India for at least two or three weeks. Most of the time I'll be doing tourist things I'm sure, but I am the kind of person who likes to get away from the crowds and adventure. There will probably be a good mixture of wide shots of landscape and others with people and attractions. There will be a visit to a few temples as well as a ride on the local trains. I really want to get some great shots of the local people and typical living in the environment. I was looking for a camera that performs well in low light because I'm sure we will be out in the evenings. I also notice that less expensive cameras doesn't deal with the wide aspect between darks and lights in the same frame. I'll look at the cameras recommended here. Dslr makes me feel like a photographer and puts me into that "mode" of operation while a point n shoot is more casual. Not sure why, but holding a dslr get me going.
Dealing with very bright and very dark objects in the same image is a weakness of digital cameras. Its something that you have to learn to deal with. In low light, the issue is much worse. A good flash helps with this issue.
As noted, no one camera has it all, so prioritize.
1. A large Sensor is better for low light, but they all have issues in low light with bright and dark objects in the same image. Try to get a camera with a large sensor.
2. Interchangable lens or built-in zoom? Each has its points, you have to decide.
3. Size. There are some small cameras with large sensors, in the point & Shoot, the G1 X does very well in low light, the zoom lens is not very wide, so that might be a issue if you need very wide. Many of the mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses have the same issue, for many, no ultra wide lenses are available. The EOS M does have reasonably wide lenses, but you have to find one, since Canon does not sell them in the USA. Its certainly one to look at for someone wanting small with good quality and a wide lens availability.