India is considered as one of the most culturally rich countries in the world. Festivals are colorful, food is fantastic, and the people are great. Listed below are some of the reasons why every tourist should put this country on their travel bucket list.
Traveling to India is cheap
According to the yearly WEF or World Economic Forum Tourism and Travel Competitiveness Report, the country is ranked the tenth best when it comes to price competitiveness. If you are looking for luxurious accommodation, you can easily find one at an affordable price.
The food is very cheap, and you can travel around the country using public transportation like trains without costing you a fortune. Because of the recent value drop of rupees, a trip to India is even cheaper compared to previous years.
Not only that, if you are willing to travel to Iceland and fly to India from there, they have a low budget airline carrier that offers an affordable service from Iceland to New Delhi. You can check out travel companies like India Someday Travels to make sure you will have an enjoyable vacation.
The food is amazing
A lot of people who traveled to this country said that there is no other country in the world that can offer a wide range of cuisine that India does. There is no such thing as typical Indian food. You can choose from different regional dishes, from the more popular chicken tikka masala, malai kofta, rogen josh and tandoori butter naan, to a more exotic food like dahi vada, saag paneer and methi paratha.
These are traditional and authentic cuisine, far better than the Indian food you get from your nearest restaurant. In any trip, the food is always the highlight, whether you go to China, France, the Middle East, Italy or South East Asia. What makes this country unique is the variety of regional food they can offer.
One of the most famous buildings in the world is found in Agra
The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world and considered as the most beautiful. That is according to Gill Charlton, a Telegraph Travel’s expert in the culture. According to him, the building is sublime, but the story behind it draws a staggering seven million tourists every year. Not bad for a structure located in Agra.
To know more about the Taj Mahal, visit https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/252 for more information.
The busy streets of the cities
India, in general, is a pulsating metropolis that stimulates and stifles in equal measures, just like every big city around the world like New York City or downtown Los Angeles. But if you look deeper, you will see the side that most tourists may not have expected.
You can find parks with people doing an early morning yoga session or get lost in different bookshops that sell cheap and good books. You can also visit various lavish Hindu temples and Muslim mosques, shop at a bustling marketplace or watch a Bollywood movie or go to the nearest comedy bar.
India’s wildlife is unbelievable
When visiting this country, you can do a wildlife tour to one of their many national parks. Visitors can see various exotic animals from elephants and tigers to Rufous-bellied hawk eagles and rhinos. Popular wildlife parks include Pench, Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh and Kanha. Seeing the endangered and majestic Bengal tiger in the wild is one of the most exceptional wildlife experiences, just like seeing a herd of elephants in the wild, it is breathtaking.
Travel all around the country using their excellent railways
In any country, traveling via railway is always a good option, same with India. Nothing will compare with moving around the country by train, an experience that excites wonder, rousing exhilaration and nervous anticipation in equal measure. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway provides a good look at the narrow streets of Darjeeling.
But aside from railways, you can also travel around the country by cruising the backwaters of Kerala. It is a maze of winding canals, rivers and lakes stretching nearly 60 miles. They are best explored using one of the old barges which are previously used as a means of transporting rice and other grain products. It has since been converted and used for ferry tours around the backwaters.
Hike the Himalayas
Although the main tourist attraction of the Himalayas, the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, lies a few hundred kilometers away from India, the Indian portion of this beautiful mountain range on the frontier between China and Nepal can offer excellent hiking and majestic vistas or you can spend some time in the foothills.
The northern town of Rishikesh that is sometimes called ” the world’s yoga capital” became famous thanks to the British rock band, the Beatles, who came and stayed almost 50 years ago, is not very popular among tourists.
It has a little bit of French influence
Well, not the whole country (the British Empire colonized the country), but at least in Pondicherry, a small former colony of France from 1672 to 1954. The French left a legacy that they take advantage of to boost tourism in their place. Pondicherry has a long and sweeping promenade called the Rue de la Marine that is within the borders of Bay of Bengal. The signs on the street will give tourists who visited France, a little bit of nostalgia since they are almost the same. Not only that, Pondicherry is the only place in India where the police officers wear red képis.
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Temples are magnificent
Imagine how it feels while sharing food and celebrating with at least 50,000 pilgrims, or twice that number during holidays and high days. It is precisely what every tourist will experience in the dining halls of Amritsar’s Golden Temple. The Sikhs consider the temple as their most sacred place. And the good news is, the food is free.
Volunteers and helpers donate every food. The temple is a perfect example of how good a person’s heart is. Everyone who visits the temple, whether tourists or locals are welcome to eat and the kitchens, as well as the dining halls, are open 24 hours a day. Seven days a week. Foods are cooked and prepared non-stop, and the place is never closed to worshippers, witnesses, travelers or local people. Everybody is welcome; no one is turned away.