All things past, present and anticipated flow together in our immediate consciousness. Traveling to places you've dreamt of will make you aware of how the past and present flow together in a utterly intricate manner. The romanticised past flows right into the stark reality of today, creating a conflux that defines the place you are visiting right now. Modern coffee shops mingle with temples and monks with cellphones walk the streets together with shooting tourist touts.
Remember, one day somebody will dream of seeing what you are seeing right now. Enjoy the conflux of past and present, it is a utterly unique time in history.