When you search for “Reasons to Travel to India”, you may get many posts describing “n” number of reasons to visit India. According to my opinion “Travel to” India and “Travel across India” are two different aspects. As I observed, many visitors visit India to see “Taj Mahal”. No doubt! Taj Mahal is a great monument. But India has many interesting landscapes, culture, architecture, lifestyle, and art you never want to miss during your visit. Few, in fact, make you include India in one of the must travel list.
1. Rich history and architecture
India’s rich history begins with the Indus valley civilization, which is one of the oldest civilizations. Since then various generations contributed literature, architecture, art and many more including Vedas that sets aside India in must travel list.
What you could expect in terms of History
India’s immense ancient temples which built 1000’s of years ago demonstrate beautiful yet astonishing architecture. Some of them are UNESCO heritage sites. Few temples got ruined because of Greek and Islamic attacks over the centuries. But yet beautiful ruins one could visit and feel the ambiance and travel back in history. Many are still in good condition and some of them are wonders in terms of the way they built.
Buddhist monasteries mostly concentrated in Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh that reveal Buddhist culture, art, and architecture. I visited a few popular ones during my trip to Leh-Ladakh.
Indo Islamic architecture
India was ruled by Sulthan’s, Mughals and many other dynasties who inherited from Persia. They bought Persian artists who later built many monuments in Indo-Islamic architecture. Taj Mahal is such contributions including many on the list.
Forts and palaces
India was ruled by various kings in different regions. They built beautiful palaces that show their pride. They also built forts to secure their kingdom, those are well preserved and open for tourists.
2. Experience a diverse culture
The unique aspect of India is “Unity in Diversity”. When you travel 50 miles in diameter, you could sense the difference in the behavioral pattern of people, food, languages or slangs, local ethnic wear(except in the modern world), festivals, rituals, etc. There are 22 major languages and many more regional languages and slangs across India. If you have fun with finding the difference in dialects, India is the best destination and you must book your tickets now.
3. Taste a variety of food
Who doesn’t want to eat yummy meals during the travel?? Each and every corner of India cooks a variety of food every day. Mouthwatering spicy cuisines most people crave for around the world are available everywhere in India. Ethnic food differs in different regions of India. Pack your bags to taste it and let me know your favorite.
4. Feel the monsoon
Most parts of India flourishes with lush green mountains in Monsoon from June to September. Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya are some of the best places to savor monsoon if you like to travel by train or hike in heavy rainfall. This is also the time when many seasonal plants and flowers bloom based on the area. This is the season when farmers are busy in the fields. One could watch and experience natural farming with folk music they sing on the field.
5. Numerous festivities
Festivities in India differs based on the region. Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated intensely in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Holi is celebrated in the Northern part of India. Dussera and Vijayadashami celebrated in different ways based on the culture and region. Diwali is widely celebrated in the various cultural backgrounds across the country. Refer to this blog to plan for your next cultural trip to India. Must attend Indian festivals
6. Yoga is one such salient reasons to travel across India
India is a land of spiritualism since Vedic ages. Yoga was developed and practiced by Indus valley civilization, more than 5000 years ago in the Northern part of India. Later on, many saints in different generations experimented and introduced varied techniques in daily practice. Learning yoga in its birthplace is more predominant to understand the deep yogic philosophy, comprehend and implement it in daily practice.
7. Travel is cheaper and easier
Well developed infrastructure for public transportation made travel easier and cheaper for this generation. Most regions of India connected by train and bus that operate frequently. However one must know how to use it efficiently. This article how to travel solo in India as a woman refers to a few tips and tricks to use public transport in India.