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Top 10 Reasons to Visit India

Intoxicating, Crazy, Mystifying, Chaotic, Inspiring, Beautiful,

Daunting and Fantastic!

India is all this and much more.  From history dating back to centuries to hippie culture in the corners of the country, religion which is the heart of the very existence of tons of thousands of people to the very people itself and the innumerable adventures it offers. India is a world in itself to anybody travelling to the country. And once you step foot into this beautiful land, you’ll keep coming back for more.

“If there is one place on the face of this earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the earliest days when Man began the dream of existence, it is India. “
–Roman Rollan, French Philosopher.

Top 10 reasons why you must visit India in 2016

  1. Adventure

Whether you’re biking it across the country or trekking the mighty Himalayas, visiting the Ayurvedic spas or watching in awe the aartis that are undertaken in Rishikesh. No matter where you travel in India, adventure follows you. Travelling in India offers an adventure like none other what with the different landscapes, people and cultures in every nook & corner of the country.

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Paragliding in Uttaranchal

  1. Food

No travel in India is complete without experiencing its food.  People in India put a lot of love in their food and the simplest of home-cooked food can find a way into your list of favourites.  From the thick Mughlai curries of the North to the staple Coconut curries of the South, India’s cuisine can satiate any palate.

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Typical food in an Indian household

  1. People

There is nothing more comforting in a country than its people.  Whether you’re high up in the Himalayan valleys or on the beaches of Goa or just wandering streets of different cities, you will come across smiles and warmth of people who are always more than eager for you to experience the culture and warmth of the country.

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Children amazed at my camera in a village in Kutch, Gujarat

  1. Yoga

India is known for its knowledge of Yoga, an art that unites the body and mind into the tranquillity of the soul.  It is famous worldwide and has been adapted by people from around the globe.  Yoga and meditation are India’s gift to the world and Rishikesh is the place to be if you’re looking for a getaway to find your soul.

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Pic Courtesy: Bobcatravel.com

  1. Religion & Spirituality

India is truly an exemplar of unity in diversity. Her people practice different religions and also celebrate each other’s festivals.   India has been a cradle of spirituality since time immemorial. It is here that people from across the globe come in the quest of spirituality and self discovery.

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Temples in India

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  1. Wildlife

Due to India’s varied landscape and flora & fauna, it is home to a variety of species both animal & plant.  There are a number of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks for the protection of its wildlife and these are the best to come across species like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Snow Leopard and the various other animals that are found only in the sub-continent.

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Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh

  1. Himalayas

No other country can offer a humbling experience than that of a visit to the mighty Himalayas. Whether you go trekking on the copious routes located in the north of the country or you just relax at an Ayurveda spa high up in the lap of Himalayas, the country offers an experience that will last you a lifetime. There is no other journey on the Earth that will give you such a high.

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View of the Himalayas in Manali, India

  1. History & Architecture

India is a beautiful and architecturally diverse country.  Home to the oldest civilization in the world, it is filled with forts, palaces, temples, mosques, monuments and ancient ruins. Currently there are 32 UNESCO world heritage listed sites in India. So if you’re a history buff be sure to be amazed with a visit to the country.

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Architecture in Madhya Pradesh

  1. Beaches

India’s beaches are a good break from the adventure of the north. Palm-fringed beaches of Goa, Kerala and the shores of Mumbai offer a nonchalant, tranquil experience for the soul.

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Beaches of Goa

  1. Rajasthan

Rajasthan is filled with history, royalty and color like no other in the country.  Resplendent forts, palaces, camels in the sand dunes and colourful and vibrant people, Rajasthan is one of the most vibrant states on India. No visit to India is complete without a visit to the land of the Maharajas of a bygone era.

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Mehrangarh Fort in Rajasthan

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