India is the world’s seventh largest country as per the size and second when it comes to its population. And it makes a wonderful holiday destination too. But if you are doubtful about this, check out these 21 reasons which convince you that India is absolutely worth a visit.
It’s a melting pot of cultures and traditions
There are 28 states and 9 union territories in the country. Add to this different religions, political beliefs, and cultural backgrounds all of which make India an astonishingly diverse yet harmonious nation. So wherever you visit in India, you can look forward to something new and exciting at every turn.
India is legendary for its hospitality where its people will greet you with a heartwarming smile and of course Namaste (a hand gesture which shows the respect and reverence towards the guest.)
- Performing Arts
This is one solid reason that draws people from all over the world to India. From Bhavai, Bharathnatyam, and Dandiya Dance to Yakshajana, Mohiniyattam and Kathakali, many of these performing arts trace its origin back to the earliest civilization and apparently stand as a proof how the country still conserves its age-old culture and heritage.
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Much like India’s culture, its gastronomical scene is astonishingly wide-ranging! The taste may vary from one region to other, but there are a few things in common – Indian cuisines are super delightful, flavorsome and mostly infused with an inspiring past. From curries, chaats, pakodas, kebabs and masala chai to rotis, naans, and dosas, come here prepared to sample everything you could possibly imagine and beyond.
- Unbeatable Natural Beauty
You won’t probably find a piece of land that is as diverse and exquisite as India. Rightfully so, you’ll get to discover all sorts of landscapes, from the mighty Himalayan ranges and miles of desert sands across Rajasthan to Kashmir’s paradisiacal beauty and north-east’s living root bridges to the majestic backwaters of Kerala and seductive islands of Lakshadweep.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
India has to its credit one of the largest collections of UNESCO listed heritage sites in the world. This comes close to 40 cultural monuments and natural sites, the significant being Rajasthan’s Hill Forts, Konark’s Sun Temple, Delhi’s Humayun Tomb, Elephanta Caves, and Ellora Caves.
- Interesting Historical Landmarks
India is truly a living museum where its blend of ancient forts, mesmeric temples, Mughal structures, and colonial sites travels you through the different phases of Indian history dating back to as early as pre-Harappan civilization.
- Architectural Masterpieces
Art runs deep through the veins of the country and this is reflected in its every aspect, mainly its architectural landscape. Its many celebrated Buddhist stupas, revered Dravidian / Nagara style Hindu shrines, magnificent Indo-Islamic structures, and neoclassical architectures, among others, are just a proof of this. Some of the unmissable among them are Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal.
- Wonderful Cities
India is more than the vibrancy of its capital city, Delhi. It’s also home to some of the mega cities such as Mumbai (Maharashtra), Kolkata (West Bengal), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), and Indore (Madhya Pradesh). All of them are marked by world-class attractions, pulsating nightlife, and the finest of accommodation and dining choices.
- There are charming villages and towns too
If you’re inclined to a more laid-back or low-key experience, luckily the place has tons of treasured enclaves (including high-altitude settlements and seaside villages). They are surprisingly untouched and visited only by in-the-knows. Travel to Mawlynnong which holds the title of Asia’s Cleanest Village or Zuluk along the ancient Silk Route or the lakeside of Nako – they all are some of India’s best-kept secrets.
- Stunning Beaches
The place is a dream-come-true for those looking for an unforgettable rendezvous with sun, sand and sea. With its coastline extending for more than 7000 kilometers, India boasts of some of the world’s best beaches including Kovalam Beach (Kerala), Cola Beach (Goa), Radhanagar Beach (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Puri Beach (Odisha) and Dhanushkodi Beach (Tamil Nadu).
- Endless Festivals and Events
Festivals are inseparable to the India’s diverse culture. Such is the liveliness and distinctiveness of these festivals that majority of them have captured the attention of the world. Come here during any part of the year; you’ll get to be part of some exciting events and festivities which are as diverse as Pongal, Shivratri, Baisakhi, and Trissur Puram to Eid Al Fitr, Gurupurab and Christmas.
- Art and Literature
Indian art has always captured the imagination of the world through its diverse art forms and brilliant literary works. After all, the country has produced some of the all-time favorite artists and brilliant writers including Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Raja Ravi Verma, and Nandlal Bose.
- Spiritual Treasures
Now if you’re up for a spiritual journey, India effortlessly ticks off all the boxes. And the most exciting part is that you’ll find here shrines representing all religious beliefs, from Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism to Sikhism, Christianity and Islam. This includes Amritsar Golden Temple, Rishikesh (also known as the world’s Yoga capital), Haridwar, Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health (more popular as Velankanni shrine) and Ajmer Sharif Dargah.
- Handicraft Markets
India offers a slice of everything best and so is its marvelous shopping opportunities. However, don’t just limit your shopping to large malls and trendy boutiques; be sure to check out its bustling ethnic bazaars too, where you’re sure to find some rare souvenirs and statement art pieces, colorful apparels, beautiful jewelry and exotic accessories.
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- The amazing Wagah Border Ceremony
The flag lowering ceremony held at Wagah border (which is 30 kilometers from India’s Amritsar and 25 kilometers from Lahore in Pakistan), is an intriguing performance in its own right. As part of this, the soldiers from both countries participate in a patriotic parade every day before sunset.
- National Parks
Did you know that India is home to more than 100 national parks? They all represent diverse ecosystems plus unique wildlife and are as varied as Nanda Devi and Valley of Flower National Parks to Sundarbans National Park, Bandipur National Park and Periyar National Park.
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- Rail Journeys
There is a distinct charm to India’s rail journeys – they not only reveal you the destination’s simpler way of life but also feast you with the most breathtaking scenery as you look out of the window. But, if you wish to make it exceptionally extraordinary, jump onboard the iconic Palace on Wheels, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or the Golden Chariot to name a few.
- Luxury Experiences Fit for Royal
If you’ve never imagined India fit for luxury travel, it’s high time you change your perception. It once used to be the abode of Maharajas and Mughal emperors, and you’ll be able to experience all imaginable royal treatments as you stay at one of its restored palaces, mainly the floating Taj Lake Palace and Umaid Bhawan Palace.
- A haven for adventurists
Home to a spectrum of awe-inspiring landscape and incomparable scenery, India is rightly a playground for all adventure activities imaginable. Whether you want to participate in a mild adventure or fancy an extreme or wild activity like flyboarding, rock climbing or bungee jumping, everything is available in this land of endless possibilities.
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- Finally, It won’t create a dent in your pocket
This is undoubtedly the main reason that makes India a highly sought after holiday spot. From dining and accommodation (even the most luxurious ones) to shopping, almost everything in India is relatively cost-effective. Moreover, India may be vast but its well-connected railway network makes it a breeze to travel from one place to another. And it’s super affordable too.
Regardless of where you’re traveling from or what your interests are, you can be assured that a holiday in India would never be dull or boring. In fact, you can expect to spend the most memorable moments of your life in this land of mindblowing diversity.