10 reasons why you should visit India
India is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Given its multicultural fabric and great geographical diversity it has everything and more to satisfy the wanderlust of all types of travellers from those seeking peace and adventure in the Himalayas or those looking for sun and sand in Goa; for those wanting to enjoy the mesmerizing backwaters in Kerala to those wanting to explore the architectural marvels of Ajanta and Ellora; and to those wanting to soak up the colourful folk lore of Rajasthan to those seeking spiritual retreats in Rishikesh and the Buddhist monasteries in Dharamshala and Sikkim. Whether it is paragliding in Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh or white water rafting on the sacred Ganga, there is something in store for each traveller. It is little wonder why India carves a deep impression on the psyche of the people who come far near and far to explore the country. Here we list 10 reasons for why you should visit India.
- The people: The famed Indian hospitality is well exhibited in its warm, friendly people, especially those in rural India. Go deeper into the interiors and you will come across locals ready to invite you into their homes and share a traditional meal. Or just simply wander through the streets in towns and cities and encounter children playing; and if you wish, join in their games.
- Architectural wonders: While there are no dearth of architectural splendours liberally sprinkled across the length and breadth of the country, no trip to India is complete without visiting the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. And if you are traveling to Agra, you can traverse the golden triangle and also see the red fort in Delhi, and the Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort in Jaipur.
- The beaches: If it is the sun and sand, it has to be Goa. Spend the day soaking up the sun on the beaches, and party till dawn when the dusk sets in. And not to forget the quaint cafes and restaurants where you can wine and dine to your heart’s content, simply let go and enjoy life as it comes.
- The food: India is a sensory delight and offers unlimited pleasures for the palette. In fact, given the incredible varieties of food available, one can simply travel to India to savour its delicious food. Thick, creamy curries, rogan josh, parathas and tandoori chicken find favour in the north; the southern cuisine on the other hand, is dominated by coconut, seafood, and rice. Also, India is one of the few countries in the world that has such a diverse range of vegetarian food, given that a large population is vegetarian.
- Mountains and rivers: The mighty Himalayas invite the visitors to savour its various glories – from deep dark forests brimming with wildlife to adventurous treks opening up vistas of unimaginable beauty and to ancient temples and monasteries offering peace, solace and serenity. The rivers meandering their way through the hills to the plains have their own experiences to offer: river rafting, boating, fishing and more. Especially worth a mention is the river Ganga, most sacred to the Hindus, sustaining both the livelihood and the faith of the people. Visit Varanasi, considered to be amongst the oldest cities in the world, for a mystical experience of the river, complete with an evening aarti that transfers you to another world altogether.
- Golden Triangle: The Golden triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur is a must visit on any traveller’s itinerary, as these three cities together showcase the rich historical and cultural heritage of India. Delhi entices with its eclectic collection of Mughal era monuments, gardens, and markets; Agra boasts of the Taj Mahal and Fort; and Jaipur captivates the senses with its pink façade monuments, markets teeming with arts and crafts, and evenings alive with cultural programs and exotic folkdances and songs.
- The chaos: India is a rare country that has the ability to overawe the senses and this is the first thing one experiences on landing in the country. Come out of the airport and you will be hit with a plethora of sights and sounds – the chaotic traffic weaving its way through a sea of people. Overwhelming at first, the chaos takes control over the senses as you gradually realize there is a method in the madness and then gradually you become part of the tide.
- Religion and spirituality: Religion is a way of life and the yearly calendar is marked with festivities and celebrations, no matter what time of the year you visit. Besides, the country is home to all major religions in the world – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Visit the holy sites and you will be mesmerized by the rituals and people practicing yoga and meditation in an ashram.
- Wildlife: The deep, dark jungles and forests are alive with wildlife and so are the national parks where you can spot the elusive tiger (Ranthombhore), the elephants (Jim Corbett) or the lions (Gir). Or if you are looking for something more adventurous, you can visit the Hemis National Park in Ladakh to spot the snow leopard.
- Shopping: If you are one of those whose travel is not complete without a heavy dose of shopping you will find India the perfect destination to shop to your heart’s content. Whether it is the old bylanes of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, the colourful market of Rajasthan or the silk of Varanasi or Tamil Nadu, each state and city has something unique to offer.
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