26 Feb Why travel to India?
Why travel to or within India is a question that may have occurred to you sometime even if your residing in India. Very few countries in the world carve such a deep, lasting impression on a traveller as India does. Sitting upon layers upon layers of history, there is perhaps no other country on Earth that is home to such marked contrasts as India is. India overloads the senses with its cacophony of sounds, and its vibrant colors. A trip to India is full of the unexpected but you won’t return home quite the same after the adventure!
Mouth Watering Food
The food can be the only reason enough to travel to India. You can eat mouthwatering food with wide varieties across different states of India. In the North, you’ll taste lots of thick, creamy curries that are moderately spicy. The food in the north is heavily influenced by Persian and Mughlai styles of cooking. Southern Indian cuisine is commonly characterized by the use of ingredients such as coconut, seafood and rice and is spicier than food in the north. Vegetarians are also well catered for in India, due to the large proportion of Hindus who are vegetarian.
The local people in India, particularly in the rural areas, are some of the kindest and most hospitable people I’ve encountered in all of my travels. Whether you’re invited into a local’s home for a traditional meal or just simply wander the streets and encounter children playing, you’ll surely be touched by the warmth of the locals.
Religion And Spirituality
In India, religion and spirituality are intricately intertwined with everyday life. India is home to all of the major religions of the world and is the birthplace of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Observing the local people engaging in their daily rituals is a profoundly intimate experience. Many people also come to India to find spirituality, practicing yoga or attending a meditation retreat in an ashram.
Irrespective of where you travel to in India, a keen sense of adventure follows you everywhere you go. Whether you’re riding around the southern beaches of Goa on a Royal Enfield, trekking snow-capped mountains in the north, attempting to spot Bengal tigers and Indian elephants in the wild, or even just navigating the chaotic streets of Delhi, travelling to India is one big adventure!
The Architecture and History
India is an exceptionally beautiful and architecturally diverse country filled with forts, mosques, palaces, temples, monuments and ancient ruins. Home to the world’s oldest civilization, the architecture of India is rooted in its history, religion and culture. Architectural styles have evolved under the influence of countless dynasties as well as the colonial period. There are currently 32 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites across the nation, making India a treasure trove for history buffs and design enthusiasts.