Life Full Joy list their ten best reasons to travel to India
Few countries pack as much history, culture, and diversity into one place as India. A vast county known for its spicy cuisine and incredible architecture, one trip is hardly enough to experience the entire subcontinent, but blogger Life Full Joy has compiled a list of the top ten reasons to visit India, a guide of sorts to essential travel experiences to have in the country.
Known for its ancient and fascinating culture, India draws thousands of visitors a year. Many others, however, find the subcontinent a bit daunting. For travellers who may be fence-sitting when it comes to India, the blog Life Full Joy has compiled the top ten reasons to visit the land of prayers.
1. The People
Visitors to India often immediately find that Indian people are among the warmest and most welcoming in the world. Whether you’re visiting a sprawling metropolis or an undeveloped rural area, be prepared to be welcomed and treated like an old friend.
2. The Taj Mahal
India’s architecture is among the world’s most beautiful, and no structure is a more iconic representation of India than the Taj Mahal. The ornate building is actually a mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan for the most beloved of his wives. No trip to India would be complete without the obligatory photo in front of the Taj Mahal.
3. The food
India is famous throughout the world for its cuisine, with good reason. What better place to experience curries, tikka masala, and samosas than India itself? Visitors who aren’t fond of overly spicy dishes will still find plenty of recipes to salivate over; India is a large country and its cuisine is quite varied.
4. The Ganges River
Few rivers have the kind of intimate connection to a culture that the Ganges has. An essential part of the country’s economy, the Ganges is also an essential part of the Hindu faith. Hindus cremate the bodies of the dead along the banks of the river and believe that the river carries them away so that they are guaranteed to be transported to heaven.
Located in the northwest part of the country, Rajasthan is one of India’s most popular tourist destinations. Its name translates to “the valley of kings” and with a wealth of monuments and historic architecture, it’s no wonder that so many travellers include Rajasthan in their itinerary.
6. India’s beaches
Beaches may not immediately come to mind when one thinks of India, but they should. The most popular remains Goa, famous as much for its party scene as its natural beauty. But for travellers who want a more secluded experience, Agonda and Palolem, further south, offer beauty as well as serenity.
For most travellers, the mere mention of India conjures images of overcrowded streets and the sensory overload of the country’s sights, smells, and noises. In any major city, traffic is likely to be incomprehensible and moving at a snail’s pace, but it’s part of the experience.
8. Religious life
There are few cultures in the world in which religion is as integral a part of daily life as India’s. The landscape is dotted with ancient temples, and religious rituals are part of everyday life.
9. The architecture
The Taj Mahal may be its most famous building, but India has an abundance of beautiful architecture. As the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, the country is home to hundreds of temples, mosques, and other religious sanctuaries, as well as royal palaces and forts. There are 32 UNESCO World Heritage sites in India, making it a must-see for history-lovers.
India is a vast country with endless opportunities to expand one’s horizons. With a widely varied geography, nature-lovers can explore the country’s national parks and the exotic animals within. Hikers can explore the mountains of the north and lush, tropical vegetation throughout the country. Even surviving Delhi traffic is something of an adventure!
With so many things to see and experience, India should be on any traveller’s bucket list. Be prepared for sensory overload as well as what may well be a life-changing trip.
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