Situated in the Asian subcontinent, India is an amalgamation of diverse cultures, ethnic beauty and spiritualism. This land, once known as “the golden bird” can take you on a journey from the golden period to the modern evolving times.
Here are five reasons why you absolutely need to add India to your bucket list:
1. Experience Diversity In Unity
One of the most incredible things about India is its diversity. Even moving from one state to another is like stepping into a whole new world where you get to experience a new tradition, culture, cuisine, attire and language. Each place, be it Kashmir’s scenic beauty, Rajasthan’s deserts, or Goa’s beaches leaves you with a memorable experience.
2. For The Foodies
Food is one thing we Indians are famous for! Among all the diverse things that this country offers, the different cuisines are undoubtedly a special treat. There are so many different types of dishes you can enjoy. A well-known option is Indian street food, famous for lip smacking goodness, the utterly delicious pav bhaji, and the irresistible aloo ki chaat. There is also traditional treats that belong to a specific state, be it Rajasthan’s super-spicy-cum-very-sweet Dal bati churma, or Punjab’s paranthas, or even Southern India’s dosa and sambhar. You name it, we have it, and in such diverse forms. Well, aren’t those taste buds tingling?
3. History and Architecture
India is home to some of the most brilliant architectural sites, magical forts, temples and palaces, including the mystical Taj Mahal. Each of these sites tell a beautiful tale that will take you on a ride into the Mughal era and the times of some of the greatest wars in history. Places such as the beautiful Qutub Minar, Ajanta and Elora caves, Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, and many others, enclose stories and fascinating secrets that are bound to leave you amazed. India is one of the oldest known civilisations and has an immense account of history worth exploring. This is the land where Ramayan and Mahabharata took place and inventors such as Aryabhatta and Sushruta lived.
4. Spirituality & Religion
Spirituality and mystical charm have always drawn people from all over the world to India. This country has been home to the renowned saints such as Swami Vivekananda and Buddha. India is the place to rejuvenate yourself through spiritual healing. A number of ashrams have been set up that provide the opportunity to learn and practice the art of yoga and meditation and attain peace. The world’s largest ashram of the well-known Brahma-Kumaris has been set up in Rajasthan. Almost every religion that exists in the world is known to be present in India, be it Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, etc., and to be able to experience such diverse forms is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. All religions are supported and practiced together in harmony.
5. Wildlife & Nature
From the thrilling jungle safari at Jim Corbett national park to the adventurous bike-ride through the hills of Manali, and the spectacular waterfalls like the Dudhsagar falls of Goa and the Chitrakoot falls of Bastar, absolutely amazing experiences await you. It is a chance to get up close with nature and experience the immense diversity of flora and fauna that resides in India. India houses 515 wildlife sanctuaries which are home to the largest number of tigers, Asiatic lions, one-horned rhinos, and elephants in the world. A number of efforts have been made to protect this diversity.
India is the place to experience such diverse and distinct cultures that will transform you completely. Get involved in this infinite saga of varied religions, ancient mysteries, and spiritual tales and rediscover yourself.
Author Bio: Rohit Agarwal is a nomadic soul who likes to travel and explore the diverse cultures and compile short stories and blogs about them at Transindiatravels.com. He has travelled to different states in India and written about them.
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