India has proved itself to be one of the rapidly developing economies in the world. It’s located in South Asia and is an amalgamation of 7 union territories and 29 states. The nation exhibits a wonderful blend of various traditions, cultures, languages and cuisines. There are plenty of reasons why you should visit India at least once in your lifetime, and what’s absolutely certain is that you’ll be mesmerised with the hospitality, variations, and overall experience.
Here are some of the reasons why!
Explore Indian culture and history
Indian history is extremely rich and goes back a thousand years and more. There are countless relics and monuments all over the country, each of them reflecting its own unique magnificent era in Indian history. With the rule of each new kingdom came unique architecture, fascinating beliefs, and a completely new culture. Today, one can witness the country’s history and culture in the form of cities, monuments, museums, and even in its various dialects. There is no other country in the which boasts such medley of traditions, history, and customs.
Irrespective of your budget, you can travel all around the Indian subcontinent with no hassle. India is a country where you can travel with not very much money in your pocket. There are different types of transport you can use, different styles of accommodation you can stay in, a variety of cuisines to try out, and plenty of options every step of the way to make your journey a comfortable experience. That probably explains why so many foreigners move to India and settle down later in life.
Spoil your taste buds with delicious Indian food
From north to south and east to west, India boasts an innumerable variety of cuisines. Each of them emanates a distinctive flavour and taste. India is, justifiably, called by such names like ‘land of flavours,’ ‘land of spices’ and so on. For instance, if you move towards the southern part of the country, you can enjoy Andhra cuisine, Tamil cuisine, Nizami cuisine in Hyderabad, and many others.
In the east of India, you can enjoy Bengali cuisine, Assamese cuisine, Bihari cuisine and more. The west boasts the flavours of Konkani coast, Goan cuisine, Gujarti and Rajasthani thali. And in northern India, Kashmiri cuisine, Himachali food, and Punjabi flavours will lure your heart and your stomach to complete bliss. Irrespective of where you are, you’ll be served food made not just with lip-smacking flavours but also with passion and love.
Celebrate festivals and events
India has another name too – the land of festivals. Every month, the nation celebrates a festival that has its origin in history or in a particular religion. For example, the year starts with Pongal or Makara Sankranti in January. Moving on, Holi or the Festival of Colours is in March. Then there is Eid, celebrated after fasting for the entire month of Ramzan.
At the end of the year, the country celebrates Dussehra, Diwali, and finally Christmas. The magic of India is that every festival is rejoiced by all its communities together. It’s a real treat to see how families and friends come together, enjoy the festival, observe the different customs, and relish each special cuisine. It’s always a wonderful idea to look out for any festivals that are taking place during your time in India.
Witness Indian architecture
India has an impressive assortment of architectural monuments and cultural buildings. Whether it is temple architecture or monument architecture, every construction will captivate your senses. The architecture of the country is deeply rooted in its culture, religion, and history. India’s once Muslim rulers created Indo-Islamic architecture, which you can see in the north. In the south, rock-cut architecture can be seen in the temples of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. You’ll also find an array of cave architecture, colonial architecture, and a lot more. If you have a fascination for architecture, don’t forget to include some of India’s architectural sights in your itinerary.
Experience the thrill of jungle safari and wildlife
The jungle is the natural habitat of wild animals, and if you’re adventurous and want to explore wildlife then India has what you’re looking for. You’ll find wildlife safari in places like Hemis National Park in Ladakh, Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, Jim Corbett in Uttarakhand, Sasan-Gir Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat, Kanha National park in Madhya Pradesh, and many other. In fact, stunning wildlife is within reach whatever part India you happen to be in.
Amazing cities with comfy stay options
There is an innumerable number of cities in India, each of them offering a uniquely special experience. The list is endless, but here some of the major cities that you should must-visit on your trip to India:
The capital of India boasts of a quintessentially northern Indian culture. Mughal monuments, a wonderful blend of cuisines, an amalgamation of old and new life, and lots more fill this great city. Its people are warm and friendly, and Delhi houses are the main hub of the country’s politics. Delhi should never be missed during your trip to India. And resorts, hotels, and many other accommodations can be found all over the city, providing plenty of choices for a comfy stay.
If you’re a fan of Bollywood movies and songs, then Mumbai, the City of Dreams, welcomes you. There is Konkani, Irani, and Marathi culture to be experienced here. The city is located on the coast of the Arabian sea, so there are beaches to enjoy as well. Mumbai is also a metropolitan city where you can see millions of people moving around on public and living life to the fullest. There are many 3, 4 and 5-star hotels where you can stay and explore the city.
The city of lakes offers you the rich culture of Rajasthan. Everything is well above average here. Palaces, monuments, cuisine, and heritage are everywhere to be found and there is grandeur in each and every aspect of Udaipur. If you want to taste magnificence, then you should definitely stay in Udaipur for a few days. You can stay in some grand hotels in Udaipur and enjoy a wonderful experience.
This is the southernmost state of the country, where you can experience the typical Malayali culture. The state is also known as God’s own country, where you can visit hills, beaches, and gorgeous scenic beauty.
This is the smallest state of India where you can get cosy with a completely different and new lifestyle. Goans are pretty open-minded and jovial. You can relish Goan cuisine, visit churches, and party hard on the popular beaches of Goa. It’s a very popular destination for foreigners.
One of the famous hill stations of the country, Shimla offers a mixture of British lifestyle and a modern Indian feel. If you’re looking for an escape from the hot summer months, Shimla is perfect at any time of the year.
If you’re looking for a hypnotic city where you can get closer to spiritualism, then Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is where you need to be. It’s also called the city of temples.
Whatever city you’re in, there’s never a dearth of good accommodation in India. Hopefully, this post has given you a real insight into what a trip to this great country would be like. Don’t think about it too much – get booking and enjoy what, at the very least, will be a once in a lifetime experience!