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10 reasons to visit incredible India

Norbert Juma, Lead Editor
Published on November 28, 2013 4:25 PM EST

You’ve seen the glamorous and romantic Paris, you’ve experienced the hustle and bustle of New York, you’re familiar with the Roman ruins in Italy and you’re wondering… where can I go next to top that? The answer is simple: India. One of the oldest civilizations in the world, India is a surprising mix of old and new, a thrilling and complex country that offers something that any tourist can enjoy. If you’ve been hesitating to get your India visa, now is the time to fill in your application and pack your bags, because India is one of the countries that anyone should visit in their lifetime. India is much more than a travel destination; it’s a multi-faceted experience that never gets boring and that changes the way you look at travel.

There are many things you can do in India, which is why the average week-long vacation allows you to experience only a small part of the country’s lifestyle and culture. To make the most out of your trip, you will need at least 14 days – some even suggest staying here for a month. Here’s why:


To find yourself in a yoga retreat

In most movies, whenever the main character has a problem in life and wants to go on a vacation to find themselves, they choose India – and so should you, because India is one of the most spiritual countries in the world. India is the home of yoga retreats and if you want to go to a secluded place to meditate and get away from the noise of the city, there is no better destination. Whether you would rather go to a retreat in sunny Goa or in the Himalayas, there are hundreds of options to choose from. Indian yoga retreats offer massage therapy, aromatherapy, Ayurveda and Reiki and you can also chat with spiritual healers that will help you overcome spiritual blockages and connect to your inner self.

To enjoy the food

Forget about your local Indian restaurant. If you want to experience Indian cuisine at its finest, you should try it in its very home. Whether you choose street food or local restaurant, the cuisine is undoubtedly the highlight of any India trip and you should try something new every day. From dishes that you may already know, such as tikka masala and malai kofta, to less known regional dishes such as Kerala and Kolkata, eating is a multisensory experience in India and you will discover that there is much more to it than spices.

To witness vibrant festivals

Few festivals are as vibrant and exuberant as the ones in India. No matter the time of year when you decide to visit this country, a festival is bound to happen near you and no matter what you have on your sightseeing list that day, postpone it to go to the festival. The most iconic is of course Diwali, the festival of lights, which takes place on the darkest new moon night of Kartik month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar, which corresponds to mid-October – mid-November. Apart from Diwali, other amazing festivals include Holi, Dussehra, Janmashtmi and Rakshabandhan, but these are just a few examples. In India, there’s a festival taking place almost every month, so you can have a taste of their local culture and bustling celebrations.

To explore the local bazaars

No vacation is complete without buying souvenirs, and if you’ve had enough of the generic trinkets made in China, the local bazaars and markets in India will steal your heart. Packed with local artisans and sellers, bazaars have everything from handwoven scarves and baskets to pottery and spices, so you can take with you a home a souvenir that is representative of Indian culture and that actually tells a story and isn’t mass produced. If you’re curious what souvenirs you should choose, some of the most popular ones include Indian tea, silk saris, spice boxes and Madhubani paintings.

To see the Taj Mahal with your own eyes

Does one single building qualify as a reason to visit a foreign country? In the case of the Taj Mahal, yes, it does, because it is truly an architectural gem that fully deserves being one of the wonders of the world. Built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is widely regarded as the most beautiful building in the whole Indo-Islamic architecture. It’s one of the most majestic buildings in the entire world and, if you visit it at sunrise or sunset, you will take some incredible photos.

To visit some of the world’s most majestic temples

If you would like to explore Hinduism and learn more about the hundreds of Hindu gods, India has one of the highest concentration of temples. Some of them are only available for pilgrimage, but there are also plenty of others that you can visit as a tourist. One of the best things about Indian temples is that they are incredibly diverse and you can explore the various facets of Hindu customs. Some of the most popular temples that you should visit in India include the Badrinath Temple, The Konark Sun Temple, the Brihadeeswara Temple and the Kedarnath Temple.

To go on a Himalayan adventure

India may be mostly known for its yoga retreats and Hindu temples, but that doesn’t mean adventure seekers will get bored here. On the contrary, if you love hiking or trekking, a Himalayan adventure awaits you. With dozens of stunning hiking trails that offer unforgettable scenic views, India truly is a hiker’s paradise. The trails come in all levels of difficulty, so whether you are looking to challenge yourself or simply admire the views, there is a path for everyone.

To have fun on a budget

It can be very difficult to find a beautiful travel destination without spending a fortune, but India is one of those countries that anyone can afford. The most expensive part of the trip are the plane tickets, which can be costlier for some airlines, but, once you land, you’ll discover that everything from accommodation and transport to food and landmark tickets is extremely affordable. You can even stay in luxury palaces at a reasonable cost compared to cities such as Paris or London.

To explore paradise beaches

India truly has a bit of everything – beaches included. If you want to unwind and recharge your batteries on a pristine, unspoiled beach, you can go to Goa or the Havelock Islands. Here, lush greenery, silvery sands and turquoise waters await travelers who need a respite from the busy life of Mumbai and you can also add a yoga retreat to your stay for even more relaxation.

To have the finest cup of tea you will ever drink

Last up, if you’re a tea lover, then you’ll definitely want to try a hot cuppa in India. Although many believe that the UK is the best place to have a fabulous cup of tea, most of their tea varieties were actually brought from India. Homemade Indian Chai, ginger tea, Assam and Darjeeling are just some of the varieties that you have to taste and bring back home a sample.

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