Reasons why you must Travel to India

Topography of India

Topography of India

India is said to be the largest democracy in the world. It also has the second largest population that commonly speak more than 30 languages in 35+ states and territories.

No, this isn’t a Geography lesson on India. This is more about why your next trip should be to India –

  1. Diversity – Yes, we Indians just cant get over this. Imagine one single country having 122 major languages and 1599 other languages. It would certainly take you a lifetime to experience fully the diversity this country can offer. Unity inspite of Diversity!
  2. Beauty – From the bitterly cold mountain peaks in the north to the dry, golden desert in Rajasthan to the serene beaches of Kerala, India has all the beauty that nature has to offer.
    Deodar Forest at Himachal Pradesh

    Deodar Forest at Himachal Pradesh

    Waterfalls at Goa, Rainforests of North-East, Islands of Andamans – the country has a distinctly varied landscape offering breathtaking views all through the year.

    Andaman Islands

    Andaman Islands

  3. Religion and Festivals –  More than 6 major and minor religions are practiced in India. Some of the world’s most popular religions, namely, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated here. Each religion has its own list of festivals that are celebrated with much fanfare and fervour. It is said that there are more festivals in India, than the days in a year!
    Holi - the festival of colours

    Holi – the festival of colours

    Some of these like Diwali  or Christmas may find followers across multiple religions and some like Ugadi or Pongal are more specific to a particular region.

  4. Culture and Rituals – The diversity and variety in religion, languages, region, landscape brings with it a diversity in culture, customs and rituals and each of these influencers comes with its own set of rituals and customs. It is quite fascinating to explore and experience the rituals and customs that are practiced across the country not just religion wise but also region wise.
    Godh Bharai - a common ritual in North India for newly pregnant ladies

    Godh Bharai – a common ritual in North India for newly pregnant ladies

    A Kathakali Dance Perfomance

    A Kathakali Dance Perfomance

    Dance forms, wedding rituals, traditions are various indicators of the cultural diversity that India has prevalent. Dances like Kathak from Jaipur or Lucknow or Kathakali from Kerala are not just elaborate dance forms but also a visual treat because of its colourful costumes and detailed gestures. Despite the similarity in name, the two dance forms are very different.

    Mehndi - married women in India often apply henna on their hands during festivals and weddings

    Mehndi – married women in India often apply henna on their hands during festivals and weddings

    Weddings in India also vary based on religion and region.  A Hindu wedding in Delhi would be quite different from one in Chennai.

  5. Art and Architecture – The Art and Architecture of the country provides an elaborate learning graph and offers an insight into world’s history and politics, telling stories from every region of the world and time in history. Monuments like Taj Mahal and Qutab Minar are replete with stories from the Mughal era, while Ajanta caves are perceived as “a finest example of Buddhist religious art”.
    Konark Sun Temple - a World Heritage Site

    Konark Sun Temple – a World Heritage Site

    The Victoria Memorial at Kolkatta is an example of British influence while Pondicherry exhibits French presence. Any discussion about Indian architecture would be incomplete without mention of Mohenjo Daro (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Harappa – cities of Indus Valley, known to be one of the oldest civilizations in the world. These monuments and buildings offer not only a reflection of the architecture but also an insight into India’s history and development over the ages.

  6. Food – The food is as diverse as the festivals, dressing or culture of India. Indian cuisine varies from region to region, reflecting the local produce, cultural diversity and geographical variation of the country. Experience the variations in cuisines, cooking styles, and use of utensils and ingredients across the country as you travel from north to south or east to west.
    Dal Bati Choorma - a popular Rajasthani delicacy

    Dal Bati Choorma – a popular Rajasthani delicacy

    Common ingredients like Milk or wheat used in various different ways would not just amaze but leave you in awe of the culinary variation.

    Sandesh (pronounced sondesh) - a popular local Bengali sweet

    Sandesh (pronounced sondesh) – a popular local Bengali sweet

  7. Yoga – Experience the true forms of Yoga, in its place of origin.
  8. Bollywood – Now, with its own entry in the Oxford dictionary , the world has already sat up and taken notice of the 800+ films that are churned out in an year. A lot of the dances in Hindi films, especially during 70s or earlier are also an extension of traditional Indian dance forms and music. A trip to India is a must if only to experience the grandeur and magic of Indian cinema.

    A promotional poster of the bollywood film - Taare Zameen Par

    A promotional poster of the bollywood film – Taare Zameen Par

There is so much India as to offer. The above list does no justice to its diversity and offerings.

And that’s why the term “Incredible India” is not just apt but justified and certainly deserves a place on your Travel Bucket List.

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  • misslily718
    Posted at 01:08h, 11 November Reply

    On a recent trip to Indonesia I met a lot of travelers just coming from India. Many of them made it sound like a terrible place and scared me out of wanting to go. For instance, talking about the amount of trash, so much so that the sidewalks are covered and you can’t walk on them, and personal space. Basically I was told that there is none. People will chase you to take a photo of you or stand on top of you while you eat! LOL! They said it was beautiful but that the beautiful places are very difficult to get to. What do you think about these comments? Curious to hear your opinion. Thanks.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 11:21h, 06 January Reply

      It isn’t that bad! Yeah… there are touts (and you will find them at all touristy places, across the world) but, just politely but firmly tell them you are not interested or smile and simply walk away and that does the trick. Then they leave you alone. No one chases you or watches you while you eat! Gosh! What they said makes it sounds like a nightmare! But it isn’t so at all. Indians are famous for their hospitality and warmth. And the variety in landscape, culture, food is exquisite and mind-boggling. There is only one country in the world with such diversity – Indiaaaaa! 🙂
      No one ever has been able to cover the expanse of India in one trip. Travellers are known to make repeated trips every year just to explore another region of India, which they couldn’t on their previous trips.
      Visit soon. Look forward to meeting you when you come here.
      P.S. – Have more posts in the pipeline about India. Please do read them. And I do hope it would inspire you to pack your bags and come over 🙂

      • A Traveling Lily
        Posted at 06:39h, 13 January Reply

        Sounds great. I guess it is was you make of it and perhaps those people didn’t have a good experience for a combination of reasons. To me the country looks amazing and so beautiful so I would like to go. But I do know there are cultural differences when you travel which I’ve experienced first hand so it’s always good to know the possibilities and how to handle them. Thanks!

  • izabolinha
    Posted at 04:22h, 12 November Reply

    Ah! now I have to go to India 😉
    Your country is as big as mine (Portugal) is small , but we do have a lot of diversity also (although in a small scale)
    Turtle Hugs 🙂

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 07:22h, 14 November Reply

      Look forward to your tales when you do visit 🙂

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      Thank you so much, Diya! Your comment made my day. So very kind of you to say that. Shall be coming round to your’s soon. 🙂

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