10 Reasons Why You Need to Travel To India

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10 Reasons Why You Need to Travel To India

India is one nation that is known for offering varied experiences to its visitors. Along with several layers of history, there are a very few countries like India that has diversity in culture, religion, landscape, wildlife etc. Vacations in this country are worth-cherishing for a lifetime. Here are 10 reasons why you need to travel to India:

1. TAJ MAHAL

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Words fall short to describe the magnificence of the World Wonder of Taj Mahal. An epitome of love, this white-marble mausoleum is an Indo-Saracenic architecture. It was commissioned in 1653 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of this colossal structure took 22 years with a cost of around 32 million Indian rupees. Do not miss out on noticing the amazing lattice (jail) work, calligraphy writing, shining marble, and the use of precious stones. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taj is known to change colors with the changing position of the Sun.



2. RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

Why You Need to Travel To India Banaras
Photograph By Radha Swami

India has always been known as the ‘Land of Religion’. It has been the birthplace of religions like Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The innumerable places of worship and several religious festivals commemorate people’s believe in their almighty.  Spirituality too has been a very important part of everyday lives of people. Rishikesh, Bodhgaya, Haridwar, and Varanasi are few of the places that have a spiritual connection. Yoga and meditation session in ashrams and centers is a way of life for many. Both flourish hand-in-hand.

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3. AYURVEDA AND SPA

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The world-renowned Ayurveda was founded in India, more than 5000 years ago and thus it is one of the 10 reasons why need to travel to India. It is an ancient system of traditional healing that focuses on eradicating the root cause of an ailment, sans any side effects. There is a plethora of therapies, treatments, and massages, which aim towards bringing a harmony between mind, body, and soul. It actually is the ‘way of life’. There are various Ayurveda resorts and centers all across the country’s landscape including Kerala, Shimla, Rishikesh etc. The age-old concepts of Ayurveda are clubbed with modern spa therapies.

4. BEACHES

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With a coastline of over 7500 km, India is known to be one of the world’s most popular beach destinations. Beaches in India are picturesque, known for their serenity, scenic beauty as well as a range of beach activities. There are over 200 beaches, the country receives a huge footfall of tourists from all across the globe. While the beaches of Goa are world-renowned for all kinds of interesting activities, the beaches of south India are popular for their relaxed atmosphere. Andaman and Nicobar Islands have picturesque beaches with plethora of water sports. Soak-in the tranquility, savor local seafood delicacies, indulge in merry-making and so on.

5. ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE

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During the course of its history, India has been under the rule of several dynasties. Various popular rules constructed innumerable architectures in the form of forts, palaces, mosques, temples, step wells, and other monuments. Architectural heritage of India is worth-exploring. The country is home to around 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and each of them is wonderful. These structure are piece of craftsmanship of the artists of ancient times. Some of such wonders are Khajuraho temples, Hampi Group of monuments, palaces and forts in Rajasthan, Ajanta and Ellora caves etc.

6. ADVENTURE

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From past few years, India has emerged as a popular adventure destination as it offers a variety of adventure sports activity. The rivers, the mountains, the forests, the deserts and the sea waters all are ideal for partaking in adventure activities. Popular adventure destinations include trekking, mountain biking, skiing, river rafting, scuba diving, snorkeling, heli skiing, paragliding, zip-lining, para-sailing, bunjee jumping, hot air ballooning etc. Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Andaman Islands, Goa, Manali, and Rishikesh are the place for such activities. Adventure holidays in India are one of the most sought-after.

READ MORE: The Ultimate List Of Adventure Activities In India

7. WILDLIFE

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Photograph taken by Camera Maverick

The exotic wildlife of India is protected in its national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, sprinkled all around the country.  There are various rare, endangered as well as endemic animal as well as bird species. A visit to the wildlife reserves includes of a number of experiences such as wildlife safari (jeep/elephant safari), boat rides, trekking, bamboo rafting, guided nature walks and so on. Some of the animal species that can be spotted here include Royal Bengal Tiger, Snow leopard, Yaks, Nilgiri Tahr, Indian Wild Ass, Striped hyenas, Nilgai, one-horned rhinoceros, Asiatic lion, blackbuck, various kinds of deer, the mighty elephants etc. The avifaunal wealth is wonderful too. Some of the popular wildlife reserves are Bandhavgarh, Kaziranga, Periyar, Ranthambore, Jim Corbett, and so on.



8. WONDERFUL RAILWAY JOURNEYS

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Not many know that Indian Railways is one of the largest employers in the world. The train tracks are spread across the length and breadth of the country, connecting all the cities, towns and villages with each other. The trains offer wonderful railway journeys at affordable rates. There are three main classes of rails including first, second and third. Shatabdis and Rajdhanis are fastest trains. There is nothing as compared to the Indian Railways, the experience is exclusive. Luxury Trains and Toy Trains are worth-experiencing too.

9. SHOPPING

With a vast variety of goods and products, India can rightly be called a shopper’s paradise. The markets of India have both modern and traditional products for all pocket-sizes. The variety of stuff available here includes various accessories, drinks like fenni, hand-embroidery pieces like phulkari, various kinds of fabrics like bandhani, puppets, mojaris, lehenga-choli, kurta pajama, saris, Pooja samagri, nuts, home décor pieces, spices, wall hangings, incense sticks, precious and semi-precious jewelry, leather items, handicrafts items and so on. Learn the art of bargaining and visit popular markets of Delhi, Agra, Punjab, Gujarat, Goa, Lucknow, Srinagar etc. Shopping is one of the best things to do in India.

ALSO READ: Street Style: A Guide To Delhi’s Vibrant Street Markets

10. FESTIVALS AND FAIRS

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Fairs and festivals of India feature in the list of 10 reasons why you need to travel to India. Indian calendar is always full with such wonderful events, which are celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm. As people of all religions reside with complete harmony, festivals of all religions are celebrated here. From time to time, cattle fairs, kite fairs, music festival, dance festival etc. are also organized. Attending these celebrations offers a sneak-peek into the ancient culture of the country. Some of the popular festivals and fairs are Diwali, Holi, Kumbh Mela, Pushkar fair, Hemis Festival, kite Festival, Onam, Dusshera, Pongal and many more.

ALSO READ: Best Places To Celebrate Holi With Utmost Ardour In India

 

Author Bio: A soul bred in the mountains, Akansha Negi doles out travel inspiration from solo wandering, exploring heritage and culture, tasting local cuisine, adventures and experiences of her travels.

 

 


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An Argentinean Woman’s Guide To India

An experience full of excitement, love, and senses. This is life! People has so many pre-conceptions about India as they can also have about every culture that’s different from its culture.

My advice… make your own way and enjoy India, it has a lot of things to offer you!

5 cities: The Golden Triangle + Udaipur + McLeodGanj. 5 senses: smell, hearing, taste, touch and sight.

Smell. Delhi and Udaipur.

Since I was in the airplane to Delhi, I started to experience the Indian culture. The guy who was beside me was sweating with a very strong smell. Then, we got food and the smell was very similar. And when I arrived, it was even stronger.

I found this smell in every place: in the airplane, in the train to Udaipur, on the streets, in the hostels, in the kitchen, in the bathroom. Everywhere.

At first I was shocked but then I got used to and I started to like it.




Here was the main reason of that, their wonderful spices! I realized in Shashi’s Cooking Class.

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Hearing. Delhi, Jaipur and McLeodGanj.

Noisy horns, wonderful stories, amazing music, the 6am prayer…

Noisy horns.
Surely, you know what I’m talking about. I won’t say a lot about that. You know.. traffic jam, many horns sounding at the same time, people shouting “Tuc tuc. Do you need a tuc tuc?” and so many cars using their horn “Boom, boing, boing, boing, bam”.

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Wonderful stories.
Stories about marriage, religion and our mission in this life, among others.
They’re very talkative and hospitable. In all of them, I found a friend. I felt at home.
Every time I felt lost in the middle of the night, I didn´t have data to use my cellphone or when I was sad/happy, someone helped me.

Marriage.
Something very important for their culture. I learnt something new! Sometimes, their parents upload their profiles in a website and then they take into account the following points in order to find a wife or husband for their children:
⦁ The horoscope.
⦁ The caste.
⦁ If their parents like the woman or the man.
⦁ If they (the couple) like each other respectively.

Religion.
They have so many: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Islam and Christianity. The first four originated in India and the rest came from outside.
I realized that every culture, every person needs to believe in something, it doesn’t matter if it’s called Buddha, God, Energy… At the end we all need to believe in something, we have more things in common than we expect and we should learn from our few differences.

Our mission in this life.
I hear this story from a woman from Spain who came back from the death. She told us she was in India because she found her mission, she had to talk to the monks and share a formula.
She told us we’re energy, we’re holograms and that we’re here to learn and achieve a mission.

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Amazing music.
I loved it! They shout, jump or simple relax. You can find all the types of music.

The 6 am prayer.
The Indian alarm clock for me during my trip in India haha.
In every city, you will hear that at 6am someone starts to pray. I didn’t ask about it but I think it’s a tradition before to meditate because I hear it also in my meditation retreat.



Taste. Delhi and Udaipur.

This is India! Spicy, colorful and tasty.

You can love India or simple don’t like it. For people from Occident is a big cultural shock at first because everything is very different: the customs, the clothes, the smells, the temples, the streets, the people.

And, it’s the same with their food. At the begging for me it was hard, it was very very very spicy.
In my case, I had stomachache. But then, I started to enjoy every different taste of each spice.
You get used to eating their food and you start to like it. And this is also life, when you’re trying or exploring something different. It takes time.

My favorites: chicken curry, their bread (I don’t remember its name) to eat with different toppings, the masala tea and the omelet with a wonderful cheese (I’ve never tried such good omelet with a cheese like this one before)

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Touch. Delhi.

They eat with their hands. They cook with their hands. When you are leaving a Temple, they give something to eat to you also with their hands.

I don’t know how to explain it… at first is a shock and some people thinks that is disgusting but on the opposite I think that everything is tastier. Just, try and then, tell me 😉

Sight. Every place.

How can I pick just some pictures?! It was hard only pick the following ones.

I was amazed by:
⦁ Its temple, the architecture, the colors, every day full of people praying.
⦁ Seeing cows, motorbikes, tuc tucs, elephants and monkeys at the same time on the street or on the route.
⦁ Butcher Shops on the middle of the street.
⦁ Its amazing mountains.

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⦁ Women dressing colorful saris, doing rituals at home, working.

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As a woman from Occident, for sure I felt that everyone was looking at me because of my clothes, my skin, my features, etc. It was crazy and funny that people wanted to take photos with me.

If someone asks me if I felt unsafe there? My answer would be No, only once and it was because I didn’t follow the advice that some Indian friends gave it to me. You just have to visit most of the places during the morning and try to avoid be alone during the night. But I think that’s like in every city or country, nothing very different as the caution that you should have to take when you’re travelling.

Forget your fears, try new things, trust people you don’t know and enjoy every simple moment. This is not just in India, THIS IS LIFE!

A BIG THANK YOU TO INDIA AND ITS PEOPLE!  FOR SURE, I’LL VISIT YOU AGAIN.

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