We all have our own “bucket lists” when it comes to travel. Places that we need to see, things we need to do and things that we need to experience within our lifetimes. While international travel will not be on the cards for many of us for a little while yet, never underestimate the power of anticipation. Looking over our bucket lists can actually be good for our mental health and help us to envision a future where our every movement isn’t dictated by a global pandemic. Indeed, there’s always time to add to your bucket list. Enjoy 5 Reasons Why India Should Be on Your Travel Bucket List
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For instance, lovers of adventure and exotic locales may have lots of destinations all over Asia on their bucket list… but not all will have considered India. Why? Some may have mischaracterised the country as more of a thriving industrial and business hub than a viable tourist destination. Others may be deterred by the legendary spiciness of the local cuisine or worry about “Delhi Belly” (which is perfectly avoidable). However, here are some reasons why India is as worthy of a spot on your bucket list as places like Thailand, Singapore or Hong Kong…
Enormous cultural and historical significance
India’s history and culture are fascinating and richly diverse. This post-colonial nation is predominantly influenced by Dharmic religions which have shaped much of India’s literature, music, art and architecture. However, its 200 years of British colonization have also added some European influences to the rich tapestry of Indian culture.
We could write hundreds of words here on Indian culture but the best way to experience is to see, hear and feel it for yourself. India is a sprawling country divided into 28 states and 8 union territories. Wherever you go, you’ll find a very different experience which is why so many tourists keep coming back. Just take a look at Andhra Pradesh tourism to see what’s going on in the country’s south and compare it to what’s going on in the north. You’ll find huge variations in culture, history and topography.
It’s a paradise for veggies and vegans
India has a more diverse palate than many Westerners might expect. Yes, everything savory (and much that is sweet) is seasoned by at least one spice. However, that’s not to say that everything is too hot for the western palate. Indeed, there are many mild and sweet dishes that will delight those who are less tolerant of “hot” spices.
Moreover, for vegetarians and vegans, India is a culinary paradise. Around 30% of India’s vast population is vegetarian, and veganism is growing increasingly popular among the populace. If you’re on a wholefoods, plant-based diet you’ll find that wherever you go in India, there’s something to tempt your palate.
It has the world’s most beautiful building
When we travel, we love to see jaw-dropping natural wonders as well as man made marvels that are just begging to be snapped. And when it comes to architecture, it doesn’t get much more eye-poppingly opulent than the Taj Mahal. Arguably the most beautiful and ornate building in the world, the Taj Mahal was built by 22,000 stonecutters, laborers, painters, and embroidery artists and took 17 years to complete.
Everyone has seen photos of the Taj, but nothing compares to seeing it in person. Just make sure you get there nice and early, as the architectural marvel welcomes 10,000-15,000 visitors every day.
Anyone who has neighbors of Indian or South Asian origin knows how friendly, neighborly, fun-loving and considerate they are. Indeed, it’s not unheard of for Indian neighbors to drop by unannounced with gifts of food for your family. Indians are famously friendly and accommodating both in their native country and wherever else they settle. They are proud of their country and its cultural heritage and love explaining its intricacies to visitors from overseas.
What’s more, anyone with Indian friends who’s ever seen a Diwali festival knows that these guys know how to party better than pretty much anyone. One of the best things about travel is the ability to meet fascinating people and immerse ourselves in new cultures. When you visit India, you’ll meet lots of awesome people who’ll help you to have an incredible time learning and having fun in their home country.
For all its many architectural miracles, India has plenty of reminders that Mother Nature is the best architect in the world. The Himalayas that run across India’s eastern border contain 3 of the world’s tallest mountains. There’s also the stunning Borra Caves, the 300 foot deep Gandikota Canyon, not to mention the astonishing Living Root Bridges like the 180-year-old Nongriat double decker bridge, the Ritymmen Root Bridge and the Mawsaw Root Bridge.
India is everything you could want in an exotic overseas vacation and more than worthy of a spot on your bucket list.
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