❝ In religion, India is the only millionaire… The one land that all men desire to see and having see once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.❞ – Mark Twain
Blessed naturally and architecturally, India attracts millions of tourists every year. A trip to India is full of the unexpected phenomenons but one thing’s certain: you won’t return home the same after the adventure!
Here is a list of reasons why you should travel to India at least once in you lifetime –
1. People of India
“Atithi Devo Bhava.” This little saying in India means “the guest is equivalent to God”. Warm welcome continues to be a part of Indian culture and tradition since the beginning of the times. From the local people in the rural to the luxurious resort owners, hospitality is a common trait for all Indians. The homestays boast of love and respect!
2. Easy on Budget
Money remains to be an important factor in all travels. But travelling to India is much cheaper than most people think so. Luxurious but low-priced hotels, availability of a lot of different local transportations and the food costs equal to buying peanuts.
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), India ranks at number 10 for best “price effectiveness”. In other words, you have a trip that will cost you way less than you can imagine. Next time when you think of travelling abroad, don’t forget to put India in top destinations!
3. Land of Religion and Spirituality
India can be very spiritual in ways that are unheard of. Birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, India offers an eye-opening insight to them. Thanks to the uprising in tourist attractions due to spirituality, it has been made abundantly clear that spirituality is not related to religion alone.
Witness the Ganga Aarti at Ghats of Varanasi or Rishikesh. Partake in yoga and meditation activities to find your inner peace. Stay in an Ashram to rejuvenate your soul to goodness and peace.
Observing the locals engage themselves in daily rituals will definitely be a new experience altogether.
4. Gem of History and Architecture
India’s diversity goes beyond words when it comes to architectural and history. Having so many rulers from different backgrounds, the face of India has changed forever. Forts, temples, mosques, caves, sculptures, monasteries, churches – all of the possible ancient architectural sites is associated with India. Currently, India houses over 38 UNESCO declared world heritage sites.
Tour of Taj Mahal
The face of India and arguably the most beautiful monument in the world. One of the seven wonders of the world, Taj Mahal symbolises the true potential of love. Built by Shah Jahan for his wife in 1632 AD, this white marble mausoleum attracts seven million tourists every year. It took over 20 years for the completion of this historical gem. Visit the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh to witness this stunning example of a masterpiece.
Travel the Golden Triangle
Golden Triangle includes 3 biggest cities of India, namely Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. These cities are the home for the most famous historical monuments ever known. In Delhi, never miss Qutub Minar, India Gate, Lal Qila and Safdurjung’s Tomb.
When visiting the Pink City of Jaipur, add these to your list. Amer Fort, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal and Albert Hall Museum.
The last stop of the Golden Triangle goes to Agra. Even though it owes most of its popularity to Taj Mahal, there remain many monuments for you to check out. Agra Fort, Tomb of Mariam-UZ-Zamani and Dhakri ka Mahal include the list.
Birthplace of so many major religions of the world, India is the home for many age-old temples too. The architecture of temples strikes with awe and wonderment. Few of the temples are – Konark Sun Temple, Golden Temple and Gometshawara Temple. Visit the temples to take a more intimate look at Indian religions and rituals.
India is the home to more than 400,000 active mosques! Harbouring more mosques that any of the Islamic countries, a trip to a few of them are mandatory. Bara and Chota Imambara of Uttar Pradesh, Jama Masjid of Delhi, Haji Ali Dargah of Mumbai and Taj-ul-Masjid of Bhopal.
History of Christianity and churches date back to 52 AD in India. Colonization brought a revolution in the style and architecture of churches. Dutch, Portugal and French relations contributed drastically to the development of churches all over India. Some of them include – St Paul Cathedral in Kolkata, Christ Church in Shimla and Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa.
A wonderful display of Indian culture and heritage can be seen in the innumerable statues present here. Right from the beginning of civilization, sculpture art dominated the art world. Here are a few examples – The Ashokan Pillars (3rd century BC), The Dancing Girl (2500 BC) and Buddha Statue in Sarnath.
Being one of the oldest civilizations in the world, India possesses many centuries-old wonders. Amidst the lush green forests or tall mountains, many caves sit with awe-inspiring inscriptions, engravings and sculptures. Some of these include – Amarnath Cave, Udayagiri Cave and Karla Caves.
5. Nature Lover’s Paradise
For all the nature lovers, India offers a plethora of flora, fauna and geographical wonderments. From north to south and east to west, India is blessed with natural beauty in more than you can ever imagine. Just travel and explore!
Hike the Himalayas
The Indian portion of the epic mountain range offers many attention-grabbing vistas and fine hiking. Tour to the scenic regions of North India to hike the majestic mountains. With plenty of treks, camps and thrill-seekers, hiking the Himalayas is one of the best things to do in India.
Some of the best trekking routes include Hampta Pass, Manali, Nathula Pass and Tiger Hill of Darjeeling.
Cruise the backwaters of Kerala
Kerala’s backwaters represent more than 50 miles of a maze of winding lakes, canals and rivers. The tranquillity of the nearby greenery and soft ripples of flowing streams in God’s own country promises an awe-inspiring experience. Best explored on one of the old rice barges, which were formerly used for transporting food but have been converted to ferry tourists around.
Some of the most visited spots – Kumarakom, Alleppey and Trivandrum.
Much of India is surrounded by ocean and the country has some wondrous scenic beaches that offer anything from peace to parties. The best beaches can be found on the west coast. While Goa is the most famous beach destination, a lot of other states provide rich and pristine atmosphere.
Kaup in Karnataka, Radhanagar in Andaman and Nicobar, Kovalam in Kerala and Puri in Odisha.
Vast lands and varying climatic conditions have always favoured the thriving wildlife of India. Home to many exotic and supreme species of flora and fauna, India calls out to the souls of wildlife enthusiasts. With protected forest zones to wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, there is everything you will find in India.
Some of the notable places include Corbett National Park, Sundarban National Park and Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary.
6. Foodie’s Heaven
Food is the essence of India. No other country can offer a variety of cuisine that India can. You will encounter mouth-watering dishes at every nook and corner of this food-loving country. The food boasts of diversity just like the country itself. In the North, you’ll find creamy and slightly spicy curry, majorly influenced by Persian and Mughlai styles. Southern Indian cuisine is characterised by the use of ingredients such as coconut, seafood and rice.
There is no such thing as typical Indian food. Every city of India provides the luxury of different cuisines altogether. From street food to fine dining, tasting the delicious and original meal becomes mandatory when you visit India.
7. Perfect for shopaholics
From grand malls to crowded bazaars, India has anything and everything to offer to its travellers. Shopaholics will find pieces of heaven in India wherever they go. The handicrafts are particularly eye-catching and well made. Each region has its speciality and each region will leave you in awe with its uniqueness!
Some of the best markets include Sarojini Market in Delhi, Hazratgunj Market in Lucknow, Police Market in Shillong and New Market in Kolkata.