They say India changes you for better or worse. In fact India can be an assault on all five senses. There are very few countries in the world leave such a lasting impression on your mind as India does. A trip to India is definitely going to be full of unexpected experiences; but one thing is for sure that you won’t return home quite the same after the Indian adventure. India offers something for everyone. When you’ll first visit, you will be stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds…
Here are best 14 reasons why you should visit India now:
1. Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is the best-known building in the world and arguably the most beautiful. The architecture is sublime but it is the story that the stones embody that draws seven million visitors each year. Famous Nobel Laureate Tagore had it right when he described Taj Mahal as, “a teardrop on the face of eternity.”
2. Religion, Yoga and Spirituality
Individuals from around the world come to India in their mission for deep sense of being and self discovery. The country is a birthplace to few of the major world religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism and is known for its vast and dynamic culture. India has also been the land of saints and sages who mediated, practiced and perfected Yoga. Major spiritual centers in India include Bodhgaya,Varanasi, Pushkar, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Auroville and Dharamshala.
India is the home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Architecture in India has evolved through countless centuries due to the influence of the various dynasties and civilizations that have flourished here. The various historical and archaeological sites are simply marvelous and many have been recognized as world heritage sites by UNESCO. The forts, palaces and temples in India are often characterized by some of the most striking architectural designs and display the artistic prowess of the Indian kingdoms and dynasties. There are currently 32 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites across the nation, making India a treasure trove for history buffs and design enthusiasts.
The food alone is reason enough to travel to India. Perhaps no other country can offer the range of cuisine that India does. We Indians take our food very seriously and the cuisine, just like the country itself, is incredibly diverse. In the North, you’ll find 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 characterised by the use of ingredients such as coconut, seafood and rice and is spicier than food in the north.
The local people in India, specially in the rural areas, are some of the kindest and most hospitable people you’ll meet encountered in all of your travels. Whether you’re invited into a local’s home for a traditional meal or just simply wander the streets and encounter kids playing, you’ll surely be touched by the warmth & affection of the locals. At times you’ll feel like a Hollywood celebrity when you’ll find people trying to catch a selfie with you.
6. Music & Dance
Music and dance is an important part of the Indian society and many notable world musicians like Ravi Shankar have originated from India since the ancient times. Similarly the Indian Dances are few of the most complex and expressive dance forms in the world. Dance forms like Kathakali, Bharatnatyam, Kathak are a few to check out while visiting India or you may choose to indulge in Bollywood Dance Music almost anywhere.
No matter what area you are travelling in India, a high adrenaline adventure follows you everywhere you go. Whether you’re riding around the beaches of Goa, trekking snow-capped mountains in the north, spotting Royal Bengal tigers and Indian Elephants in the wild, or even just navigating the chaotic streets of Delhi, travelling to India is one big adventure!
8. Assault on senses
You may find that there’s a lot to be said for chaos – and a lot to be said for learning to let go and go with the flow. Because rush hour here is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. And patience is a big one word you’ll remember rest of your life.
9. Shop Till You Drop
India is heaven for shopaholic, only if you know where to buy and what to buy. From handicrafts to textiles, from jewelry to hand-made carpets – India offers you almost everything. From grand malls to bustling bazaars, India offers anything and everything to travelers in form of the colorful, crowded and best markets. However you should be having good bargaining skills in order to get a good value for money.
10. Festival & Fairs
Unity in diversity is truly a blessing for India. It not only enables the people to enjoy the year-round festivities but also adds colors to everyone’s life. We Indians are always celebrating one or the other festival. No matter which season you land up in India, there is always some big festival or fair going on which you can happily join. The color festival of Holi and the vibrant lights festival of Diwali are few of the most important festivals in Indian culture along with the massive fairs like the Kumbh Mela and the Pushkar Camel fair which attract millions of visitors from all across the globe.
11. The Nature
For all the nature lovers, the best of all travel advice we can give is, go to India and the journey will guide you right into the lap of nature. From north to south and east to west, India is blessed with natural beauty in abundance. Just travel, explore and repeat.
Big metro cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, come alive in the night when the party rockers flood to one of the best nightclubs and party spots in India. Let yourself loose amidst the shimmering lights and the sound of music in the best nightlife scenes of India.
India’s beaches are a perfect escape from the chaos and orchestrated madness that define its everyday life. Be it the serene beaches of Odisha, the palm-fringed beaches of South India, or the happening beaches of Goa, there is never a dull moment to be had. What’s more, a visitor always has the option of either joining that midnight party at the beach, or heading off to a remote beach to catch some moments of serenity and tranquility.
14. Culture Shock
India is a place that everyone should visit once in their lives to get out of their comfort zones and get a different perspective on life. The culture shock in India can be hard to deal with. However, you’ll quickly come to appreciate what you have back home and how fortunate you really are. It’s impossible to leave India the same person as when you arrived. It will change you, for better or worse.