India or “Incredible India” as it’s known is a country that will carve such a deep impression on your soul that you’ll remember your adventure for a lifetime. It’s a country of colour, contrasts, culture and wildlife and with a population of 1.3bn you’ll find a range or religions, traditions and languages. It’s a phenomenal country that i’ve only explored an inch of but that i intend to return to again and again.
5 reasons why you should visit India
1. The people
I cannot put into words how open and kind I found the local people in India in particular in the rural areas. Whoever we met – factory workers, farmers, children, villagers – it didn’t matter, they were all more than happy to talk to us. They would even go as far as inviting us into their homes for tea. You’ll find that the warmth of the locals will touch your heart.
2. The colours
Red, yellow, pink, blue, you’ll see a rainbow of colours in India. From the beautiful saris and lehengas that the women wear to the fruit and vegetables in the local markets.
If you visit around Diwali you’ll find colourful designs drawn on the floor in living rooms or courtyards known as Rangolis. These are drawn for good luck. Designs vary as they reflect traditions and folklore with patterns being passed down through generations. It’s such a wonderful tradition.
3. The food
India is a country with arguably the most diverse and delicious cuisine. Each region has their own dishes meaning that there’s no such thing as typical Indian food. Whether in Kerala in the South, or Gujarat in the North you’ll be presented with an array of incredible dishes that will tantalise your taste buds.
Whilst recently in South India I enjoyed my daily Masala Dosa for breakfast. You’ll find that vegetarians are well catered for in India as a large proportion of Hindus are vegetarian. If you’re vegan like me then ask for dishes cooked with oil and not ghee or butter.
4. The palaces and temples
The Taj Mahal is on my bucket list as one of the seven wonders of the world and the most iconic symbol of India. However India has many other breathtaking palaces and temples to see. Mysore Palace pictured above, the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty is a magnificent building inside and out. Hampi, pictured below is the last capital of the last great Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagar. It’s where you’ll find 6th century Hindu temples with such intricate detail. Hampi truly took my breath away.
5. The wildlife
India has a number of National Parks that are home to tigers, leopards, gaur (Indian bison), chital, elephants, spotted deer, sambars, sloth bears and langurs amongst other animals. From Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan to Bandipur National Park in Karnataka, you’ll surrender yourself to the beauty of India’s wildlife. India isn’t somewhere that’s well known for safaris but i’d recommend it. It’s a great way to bring you face-to-face with beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
Have you visited India? What were your favourite things about it?