10 Reasons Why You Should Visit India
India the land of snake charmers and elephant mahouts, Rajput princes and Mughal empires, ancient history and bright economic future. A travellers theme park filled with colourful people, amazing food and crazy rickshaw rides. The contrasts between “our” Western world and the everyday life in India will present itself to you without any shame.
You won’t have much private space, you could become somewhat of a celebrity, you are likely to make friends everywhere you go and find yourself in the most remarkable situations.
1. There is always a celebration
Of the 1.2 billion people who live in India, 81,5% is Hindu, 13% Muslim, 2% Christian, 2 % Sikh, 1% Buddhist and 0.5% is Jain. All these religions celebrate their own festivals, fairs and spiritual important days plus India’s three public holidays. To ad that all up it could almost be a celebration every day of the year. Oh, and not to forget birthdays and weddings.
2. The hospitality is warm
Being invited to share a meal with the family is a common and interesting event, as you not only get to taste home cooking, but also experience the local ways. The people you will meet will share with you more than you can imagine. I have shared lunch with random strangers who sat next to me on the train and got invited to a Mumbai taxi driver’s home to meet his Christian wife, as he was Muslim. I was intrigued by his love story as till today, many marriages are arranged. Anything can happen in India.
3. It’s a huge destination
India has so much to offer for any kind of traveller. Whether you are looking for; a spa-cation filled with luxury or a flashpackers getaway to unknown destinations in the heart of it all. India can be anything you want it to be; deserts, mountains, beaches and jungles all covered with a blanket of organised chaos and a heavy dose of agarbatti. (incense)
4. Broaden your perspective
India is the one destination you always hear people say you need to visit at least once in your life. The reality that many people of India face everyday, but still manage to smile and be positive is one of the reasons it is the place to learn about yourself and about life. It will make you appreciate what you have.
5. Explore your spirituality
Spirituality in India is like a river that flows throughout the country. It is everywhere and it transforms in all forms. The different religions will refresh your soul and shine light on a new outlook. Yoga, meditation, vegetarianism, doing things different to what you’re used to will enlighten you, even if it happens unconsciously.
6. Feast on food
The spices and cooking styles change in every state and in every religion, but it is all mind blowing. Experiencing the sensation of eating with your hand is something I enjoy most. I believe the food tastes better, does that make sense?
7. Spend your money
There is no better feeling than spending thousand’s of rupees and knowing you only spend a few bucks. Everyone loves a deal and making the deal is part of the relationship between you and the vendor. It is a fun learning experience to see how far you can go and what you are willing to pay. Value the item you want to buy and start the bargaining.
8. Incredibly diversity
The sheer size of India supports the diversity of the country’s culture, religion and wildlife. Travelling from state to state it is almost impossible not to see this, and yet admits the diversity there is unity.
9. Everyday is an adventure
Waking up in the morning you could never imagine all that is waiting to happen. A new day brings different adventures and surprises, small and big. Keeping a notebook with daily moments will help you remember these quirky highlight.
10. Explore your comfort zones
If you are sitting at home reading this and still have an uncomfortable feeling about going to India I would say you are wrong! Really, I do! Sometimes you shouldn’t think about all that could go wrong and all that is different to what you are used to. That is why we travel, right? It doesn’t mean you will love it all, but you will have seen a bit more of the world and also perhaps learned from a culture or religion you had no knowledge about before. Explore the world and your comfort zones. Get out there.
Myself and Conrad love India so perhaps you are thinking it is easy for you to say what you are saying. Call us! Ask us about any worries you have about travelling in India and perhaps we could take away your doubts.
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