If travelling was a religion, we would never have atheists! People from all around the world, of different age groups, nationality and background, share one common passion. The passion for travelling. This passion is fuelled each time a tourist discovers an exciting destination. For years, India has been one of the most preferred destinations for tourists around the world. History narrates incidents where Chinese travellers visited India, were impressed by its magnificence and wrote detailed memoirs of the same. Well, there are still plenty of reasons to travel to India. We bring to you the top10 reasons for the same today!
10) Colour, obviously!
Science says our eyes work the best early morning because we can absorb the positivity from various bright colours at sunrise. This pretty much is one of the reasons why India is one of the most preferred tourist destinations all around the world. Pale colors or white is associated with an unpleasant event in India. This summarizes the fact that everything in India is colourful, bright, happy and visually appealing. Tourists can enjoy the various patterns and colours of clothes, fresh food, beautiful designs called Rangoli on most doorsteps and art pieces which add any colour that might have been left out from your decorations! The moment you enter any market or locality in India, if nothing else, a wave of all possible combinations of colours hit you hard, in a way that you would love gazing at it.
9) Discover Religion
India has been the birthplace of major religions around the world. Hence, it is not surprising that religious tourism is a common choice for tourists from around the world. India is believed to be the cradle for ancient civilization and is also the birthplace of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism, amongst the major religions around the world. India hosts various places of religious importance including The Golden Temple, Ajmer Sharif, Amarnath Cave, Dwarka, Vrindavan, Mathura, etc. apart from the Kumbha Melas at Haridwar and Nashik, which is one of the largest religious gatherings around the world. So if you wish to visit a major temple of your religion, or discover the nuances of other religions, India is your one stop destination!
8) Did you just say food?
The world has various cuisines with tastes so different that they do not seem to be made of similar ingredients. But where would you go if you wish to taste all these cuisines at one place, in addition to an array of dishes which do not seem to belong to one country? India, of course! There have been umpteen number of cases where Indian restaurants have done phenomenally well in other countries and their customer base majorly has non-Indians. Indian food recipes include a logical balance of constituents, which not only make it healthy but also delectable! From sweet to spicy, India has a range of dishes in each genre of food. You can never pursue your diet when in India, you better not!
7) Appealing contrast
From elegant skyscrapers to mud houses, India’s beauty lies in its contrast, and in the ease with which all these contrasting elements coexist to chalk out an exotic collage. India has tourist destinations for everyone, no matter how obtuse their preferences are. It has metropolitan cities where you can enjoy in chic shopping malls or the country side where you can bask in the rural culture of India. The recent video by Coldplay aptly describes this contrast. From stylish clubs to enjoy nightlife, to street plays and folk dances, India offers you all the choices possible.
6) Indian science
India is famous for being the think tank behind a major chunk of ancient science and knowledge which forms a strong foundation for contemporary innovation. The beauty of this science lies in the fact that it is indigenously developed, with very little or absolutely no laboratory intervention. This makes it easy to reproduce, accessible and of a tried, tested efficiency. There are various interesting innovations like a fridge made out of clay which can keep vegetables fresh for over 2 weeks with absolutely no energy source, let alone electricity. Ayurveda and Yoga are those attractions for curious researchers around the world.
5) Sing and Dance
If academics is not your cup of tea, don’t worry, India has got exactly what you will love. Indian dance forms, music and art forms have gained acclaim all around the world. Every state in India has its folk dance and music, generally originated out of celebrating harvest festivals or change of seasons. Various tourist destination and hotels offer short term dance classes or evening shows to enjoy and try these dance forms out. Even if you do not understand the language, you would not be able to resist shaking a leg at the music, be it folk or contemporary. After all who doesn’t love Bollywood?
4) Soak in the culture
Apart from its religion, India is widely known for its ancient, rich culture. The string that binds this expansive country together, is the diversity in its culture, which is known to change every few miles. Most tourists wish to attend an Indian wedding or one of the major festivals. It is not astonishing that festivals like Holi and Diwali are now celebrated in different regions of the world by the Indian society that resides there and is actively attended by non-Indians. Indian culture is evident in every facet, from its food, dressing, decoration and festivals. Trying out henna tattoos, local festivals and rituals, and ethnic dressing are those activities which are few of the top reasons to travel to India.
3) Rain, snow and desert
Diversity in India, doesn’t end with food, language and culture. India is known to span 4 out of 7 demographic zones of the world. Whichever climate you like the best, India offers tourist destinations in those weather conditions. From the wettest place on earth in Cherapunji, to the hot deserts of Thar, cold deserts and snow in Ladakh, India offers exotic beaches, backwaters and dense mangrove forests. Indian range of wildlife is another attraction, with 514 wildlife sanctuaries, 100 national parks and 47 reserves. So you can literally pick and choose the destination, or even better, try each one out to experience their beauty.
2) History and architecture
India is not new to being the centre of attraction for connoisseurs, this is explicit in its expansive history, series of conquests and intricate architecture that leaves behind an imprint of India’s wealth. Housing one of the 7 wonders of the world, the magnificent Taj Mahal, India also has a number32 world heritage sites recognized by UNESCO. From Humayun’s tomb, Red fort, Qutb Minar, Khajuraho, Jantar Mantar in the North to Mahabalipuram, Hampi, Chola temples in the South, Elephant, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Sanchi Stupa and Bhimbetka in East to Bodh Gaya and Konark in the West, Indian architecture would never fail to impress you. The stories that these walls and stones narrate, are mind boggling!
1) People and love
As we get closer to technology, we move farther away from people. Why else would love become such a priced possession now, more than ever before? When you travel searching for affection, love and warm people, where could you possibly go if not India? With the motto of “guests are like God”, Indians and their warmth is the top most reason for visiting India. Many tourist destinations like Shimla offer you with the opportunity to stay with a local host family and experience the family bonding. If nothing else, India can surely give you those little water pearls in your eyes which would make you want to come here again!
These are the 10 reasons why you should travel to India. Well, like everything else, this country evolves with time and surely gets better. With mesmerizing landscape, delicious food, diverse culture and affectionate people, India welcomes every tourist with open arms and gives you back much more than what you expect. So travel to Incredible India and experience the rush for yourself!