15 reasons to visit ‘Incredible India’ at least once in a lifetime
Updated: Feb 25, 2020
With the rich, elegant and welcoming culture and heritage, India offered a diverse yet unique travel destinations and a great experience. From deserts to snow clad peaks, from gold like glowing sand beached to dense green forests, from rivers to seas, form, from mountains to farmlands, from people to wildlife, everything in India is spectacular. On every few kilometres, the landscapes change along with people and its culture. One visit is not enough to experience India but one much visit India at least once in a lifetime.
India known for its rich cultural heritage, offers diverse cultures as you move from South to North and from East to West. The different cultures include different ideologies, languages, food, clothing, rituals festivals etc. The different cultures would treat you differently but the warmth in the hospitality is always welcoming.
(Rangoli made in from of the door during Diwali)
People of India are very welcoming, kind and always helpful. The hospitality of Indians could never be compared with other kind of people. They say ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ which means, ‘Guest is God’. The warmth in the service and the kindness in words is always genuine. People of India is one of the reasons to make it different from the others.
(Very welcoming and humble people of Ladakh)
The mouth-watering food of India is unique and incredibly diverse. Indian food is a mixture of curries, variety of breads, plateful of salads and amazingly blended rice with vegetables. Form sea food to spicy dishes of the plains and curries in the mountains, food varies according to the availability of raw materials.
(Rajasthani Thali from the Rajdhani restaurant in Delhi)
India also has a great influence of Mughlai, Persian, Portuguese, French, British and the native Indian on its cuisine. Indian Cuisine varies according to the region and its climate. Indian cooking also needs long hours of preparation for the delicious taste and mouth-watering fragrance of spices and other ingredients. And if well observed, preparation for every dish may differ from home to home and person to person, for the same dish. Street food is also predominant and enjoyed the most.
(Local Maharashtrian food - Jhunka Bhakri)
Not only the amazing non-vegetarian food, but also the vegetarian food is popular because of a large proportion of Hindu population.
Like other spicy dishes, sweets and regional refreshing drinks are equally popular and desirable. Indians consider no meal complete without a dessert.
(Tea- Local cutting chai on a road side Dhaba on the Mumbai Goa Highway)
Clothing in India conditional to different cultures, religions, ethnicity and geography. Fibres, colours, weaving and style of clothing also differs. Every state and region has a different dressing style. And the rich and the luxurious heritage of the country makes the clothing more graceful and classy in its own different way.
(Dressed up in a Maharashtrian style)
Colour codes are followed in clothing too, based on rituals and religions. Clothing in India also encircles a wide variety of embroidery as stone and beads work. The 29 states of India are popular for their 29 types of textiles. Grab a chance to visit India and take back a few fabrics back home as a souvenir.
(Dresses up in a Gujarati style )
Like every country has its own national language spoken widely across the country, ‘Hindi’ is the national language of India. But other regional languages are also spoken and respected by different group of people and given equal importance. Like after every few kilometres, the culture, the food, the clothing, the climate, the landscapes change, language also changes. Probably, there won’t be a significant different, but a few words or the tone of speaking may change. Literally, there are thousands of languages in India and it is very difficult to count them, learn them and use them for conversation.
6. Art and Architecture:
There is a great diversity in the ‘Art and Architecture’ in India like tits every other aspect. Because India was ruled by a variety of rulers, the art and architecture has a major influence of these rulers. The paintings, the sculptures, handicraft etc. are found in abundance. From temples to mosques, to churches, to forts, palaces, houses, buildings, all have their own charm.
(Tribal 'Varli Art' for the tribes living in the Thane district in Maharashtra)
The mirror work of Rajasthan and Gujarat, the wooden handicraft of Karnataka and Maharashtra, the painting of Bihar, Orissa, Kolkata and Uttar Pradesh, the marble and stone idols of Uttar Pradesh, the cane and jute work of North-East and much more is found in abundance in India. Each region has uniqueness in its art and architecture.
(Qutub Minar, New Delhi)
While Speaking of architecture, India has an influence of the French, Portuguese, Mughals, Persians and British with a perfect amalgamation of Indian architecture in different parts of the country. Indian architecture also has a great influence of the geographic conditions of that particular region.
(Taj Mahal, Agra)
India being blessed with the abundance of wildlife, you may be blessed to live a few moments in close proximity of ‘Flora and Fauna’ like nowhere else. When given a chance explore India’s wildlife with unparalleled enthusiasm, stay in the lap of nature, wake up to the calls of the birds and return home with some everlasting memories of majestic inhabitants of the Jungle.
(Wildlife in India)
8. Yoga and Ayurveda:
Yoga and Ayurveda in India is the most ancient medicine and treatment technique in the world. It is gaining popularity in the 21stcentury, but it has its origin deep rooted in India for many years. The ancient wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda are the most powerful tools for curing and preventing many diseases, A regular practice of yoga may help you in living a long, healthy and blissful life.
9. Beaches in India:
With a long coastline of approximately 7500 kilometres, India is fortunate to have incredible scenic beaches. They may, however, differ in the type of sand, the salinity, the colour of water, the colour of sand and other activities. From solitude to parties, adventure, shopping, fun, and seafood, you may experience everything here.
(Nandgaon Beach, Raigad, Maharashtra)
Like in earlier years, animals and animal carts were the only means of transportation from one place to another, today, with the advancement in technology and development of economies, India has a variety of public and private means of transportation. Buses, trains, metro trains, cabs, cycle rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, airplanes and ships are all available at your service anytime.
(Panoramic view of Konkan Railway)
Most people living in metro cities and towns have their own vehicle. But there is also a large population that uses the public transport services every day to commute from one place to another. Introduced by the British in 1850, India is becoming one of the world’s largest railway network in the world. It is affordable to all, quick to reach faraway places than other transportation services and comfortable to travel long distances. State and National Highways being quite well maintained, state bus transport and private bus services are also available for both short and long distances.
(State Transport Bus)
11. Shopping in India:
India is a paradise for shopaholics. From Handicrafts to cloths, from tea to spices, from antiques to jewellery, India has a vast range in shopping articles and destinations. There are several streets and bazaars where you can buy everything you need and everything that you can take back home as a souvenir. Handmade herbal toiletries, sarees, khadi cloths and other articles, shawls, artefacts, souvenirs, kitchenware, crockery, clay utensils and statues, candle lamps, wooden showpieces, decorative articles, wall paintings (on cloth and paper), food items, furniture, fragrances, spices, tea & coffee, paper woollen cloths, etc. are all available in abundance and in a great variety. The list of things you can shop in India is never ending. Local bazaars, street stalls, state emporiums and may other places exhibit a large variety of good produced across the country and are available from an affordable price to the most expensive rates. Fairs and carnivals have also one of the important shopping destinations since ancient times.
(Shopping at Tulshi Baug, Pune)
And in India you also have a scope to use your negotiation skills to bargain for the things that you want to buy in the markets of India.
(Shopping at Dilli Hatt, New Delhi )
12. Landscapes of India:
Snow, forests, rivers, desert, plains, beaches, you name it and you have it. Landscapes in India are divided into 5 major parts, the mountains in the north with snow clad peaks also show a significant difference from the other areas of India. Ladakh is kind of a desert in one part of Jammu and Kashmir state of India where are the other regions lush green tall deodar and pine forests that turn milky white in winters due to heavy snowfall. The great plains are formed of three major rivers, the Holy River Ganga, River Brahmaputra and the River Indus and dense forests as a house for many wildlife species of India. The Thar desert is considered as the third largest desert in the world situated on the north-western parts of the country with dry and arid climate. India had a large coastline too and hence, portrays a different kind of vegetation and landscape altogether. One my see that after every few kilometres the landscapes change and each one is different from the other is some or the other way.
(Landscapes from different corners of India)
13. Indian Cinema:
Indian Cinema has seen a plethora of great artists, directors, singers, dancers, cinematographers, editors, make-up artists and writers. World famous as Bollywood, Indian Cinema released its first ever full length feature film, ‘Raja Harishchandra’ in 1913 and the Journey of cinema began in India. Not only the Bollywood but also the regional cinema eventually gained pace and recognitions on many international platforms through its incredible contribution to cinema.
Cinema in India is not just a form of entertainment but also a platform to showcase subjects like Indian Culture, politics, social issues, etc. it has become an integral part of the people in India and plays a major role of responsibility towards it audiences. Growing and developing with technological advancement, romance, crime, horror, social issues, politics, thriller, action, animation, suspense etc. are many subjects of Indian Cinema today leaving an impact on a larger audience across the globe.
14. Dance and Music
Indian Classical Dance is a popular art across the world and has a great recognition. Each dance form follows certain philosophies and scriptures written in the ancient texts. Each that originated in India follows certain philosophies which exist in the ancient religious texts. Dance forms like Bharatanatyam, from Tamil Nadu, Kathak, from Northern and Western India, Kathakali, from Kerala, Kuchipudi, from Andhra Pradesh, Odissi, from Odisha, Sattriya, from Assam, Manipuri, from Manipur, Mohiniyattam, from Kerala are a dance forms learnt religiously. On must check out a few of these while visiting India.
(Dressed up in a costume to perform Bharatnatyam Classical Dance)
Indian has always on the lead of world civilization is famous for its various performing arts like dance and music. Indian Classical Music becomes the most integral part of Indian Society with many distinguished world musicians originated from India since the ancient times. Different regions have their own different forms of classical music and have evolved over the years preserving the essence of its beauty.
15. Festivals in India:
These festivals include different delicacies and dishes, dancing, music, chanting, worshiping idols and much more. With a variety of religions, there are variety of festivals. Durga Puja, Diwali, Dussera, Christmas, Holi, Eid, Janmashtami, Ganesh Utsav, Oman, Makar Sankrant, Ugadi, Lodi, Teej, Bihu etc are celebrated across religions and across Indian. Each small and big festival has its significance with the Indian mythologies. Indian festivals have an exuberance like nowhere else.
(Ganesh Chaturthi - when we made the eco-friendly clay murti (idol) of Lord Ganesha)
(Gudi Padwa - Marathi New Year)
With the religious diversity of India, multiple religions offer a distinct festival in every part of the country. Every month Every month of the year has some or the other festival as a reason to celebrate. And like all other festivals, each of it has its own cultures, rituals and style of celebrations. Most festivals in India are related to different Gods and Goddess and so, have gained great importance in lifestyle of the people in India. Each festival has its own significance and a unique way to celebrate it. Few of them are celebrated amongst close family and relatives, we as, some have grand celebrations.
(The idol of Goddess Durga during Durga Pooja Festival)
Come to India to experience the uniqueness in its geographic diversity, climate, cultures, traditions, food, language, people and their hospitality.
Come experience the ‘Unity in Diversity’, come experience India
‘Padharo Ni Mhare Des’