In 629 AD, a Chinese young scholar appeared before his emperor to seek permission to visit India. But the emperor didn’t grant his request and he slipped away from China. Huan Tsang reached India in disguise. And now, India receives more than 100 million visa applications yearly. So basically, what attracts people to India?
There are several reasons to visit India. The main reason is that India is an all type of tourist destinations in one place. While the grand Himalayas challenge the adventure enthusiasts to conquer the highest peak on the earth, the foot-hill regions welcome vacationers to enjoy the alluring beauty and biodiversity. The mighty River Ganga invite those who want to discover spirituality and the roaring ocean in the south create a paradise on its shore for the honeymooners.
Additionally, there are beautiful ancient architecture and 38 heritage sites that create an opportunity for historical exploration. On one hand, India features modern skyscrapers and amazing nightlife, while on the other, it allows you to practice yoga amidst the Himalayan serenity. The lush greenery or the endless desert, whatever delights you, India has it all. The country is a universe of its own and offers something to all who come here. That is the reason friends or foe, whoever comes here fall in love with India. Readout in detail about makes India rank as a top destination of all time.
Live in a Palace while traversing the Golden Triangle Circuit
The cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur complete the Golden Triangle circuit in India. It is because of their geographical position on the Indian map forming the shape of a triangle. A Golden triangle tour will take you to the royal palaces in Rajasthan. These cities introduce the cultural splendor and form the basis of the classic tour of northern India. Excursion to the iconic Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar and Red Fort are the prime attractions of Golden Triangle.
The highly-favored tour can be clubbed with many other destinations like Ranthambore National Park and Varanasi. During the tour, you can also explore, many of the former palaces and Havelis have been converted into heritage hotels now. That allows you to live like a Mughal or a Rajput king at one of the finest palaces. So, if you are thinking about what to see in India, the Golden Triangle is one of the best options to experience the true opulence of the country.
Sit somewhere in the Himalayas
Spanning over 2500 km in northern India, the great Himalayan range is one of the many tourist attractions in India. Home to nine of the ten highest peaks on the Earth, this epic mountain range offers an excellent opportunity for fine hiking. While the Everest base camps are situated outside India; one in Nepal and another in Tibet, the hikers need to visit India to reach other famous peaks like Nanda Devi and Kanchenjunga.
The Himalayan mountain range is home to some of the best hill stations in India. The glistening waterfalls, rivers, lakes, affluent grasslands rolling down to the foot-hills, thousands of species of flowers, and lazy townships allure the visitors. Many hill-stations in the Himalayas have emerged as major adventure-destination. Right from trekking on the frozen Zanskar River to skiing in Auli, Himalayas have perfect spots for different adventure-activities to try. Popular adventure destinations in the Himalayas are Gulmarg, Himachal Pradesh, Rishikesh, Manali and Ladakh among others.
Take a Spiritual Dip in the River Ganga
Originating from the Himalayan glacier, the River Ganga travels the whole northern India before merging with the Bay of Bengal. On its way, the river benefits several holy cities. Some of the famous names include Haridwar, Rishikesh, Varanasi, and Prayagraj (Allahabad).
While in Varanasi, you will be mesmerized to witness the spectacular Ganga Aarti. Also, you will find a temple at every turn of the street. Rishikesh embraces ashrams of the ancient monks. Millions of travelers visit India every year during the “Makar Sankranti” festival to absolve all their sins by taking a holy dip in river Ganga in Haridwar. These Ganga-bathed foothill cities have also hosted famous personalities like Steve Jobs and Beatles who came here in search of enlightenment. The holy city Prayagraj, famous for the confluence of three rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati is the ultimate destination of spirituality. Also, Haridwar and Allahabad are two of the four destinations where the iconic Kumbh Mela is held. The other two destinations are Nashik and Ujjain. The fair is held periodically at one of the give places by rotation and attracts millions of visitors from worldwide.
You can witness Nature’s Wildest Population
India is a mega biodiversity region with varied flora, fauna, and landscapes. The Himalayan region hosts one of the four global biodiversity hotspots namely, the Himalayas Hotspot. The other Indian Biodiversity Hotspot is Western Ghat that covers states like Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.
India has 131 protected areas that include 20 national parks, 71 wildlife sanctuaries, five tiger reserves, four biosphere reserves, and seven Ramsar Wetland sites. Here, visitors can see everything from tigers and elephants to rhinos and Rufus-bellied hawk eagles. Famous parks include Ranthambore, Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh. These parks and sanctuaries are flocked by wildlife lovers throughout the year.
Get amazed at Classic Art & Culture
Who doesn’t know about the classic art and culture of India? It is that one out of million aspects that urge a myriad of foreign travelers for planning a trip to India. Home to different beliefs, religions, and traditions, India is a sovereign country. It sets a whole different example of unity in diversity through its art, language, dance and music forms, architecture, religion, and food. When it’s the time for Muslims to celebrate Eid, Hindu often visit them to be a part of it. In Sikh Gurudwaras like the Golden Temple itself, people of different religions and regions are found worshiping the almighty.
Here the Hindus celebrate their festivals playing the tune of a Muslim artist. And during Diwali, you won’t be able to know which glittering house belongs to Hindu and which one is of a Muslim or a Christian. Diversification of culture gives birth to the diversification of art, and you will not ever be able to judge which is better anyway.
It indeed gives a strong reason to spend your holidays in India to learn that every color has its own identity but when rightly paired with others, gives rise to art. From South India’s Bharatanatyam to North India’s Cham Dance to and from East India’s Cheraw to West India’s Garba; you can find a massive canvas painted with different ethnicity.
There is a desert too
The vast desert of Thar with its sand dunes provides the best answer for what to do in India. Near Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, are some of the best sand dunes. You can explore the Sam Sand Dunes on a 4 wheeler or while enjoying a camel safari. Seek shelter in some of the secluded desert camps or enjoying camping distinctively at the Serai. The colorful turbans and attires add captivating hues to the otherwise stark desert kingdom of Rajasthan Tours. The enchanting ancient temples, mysterious forts and flamboyant palaces of Rajasthan will add thrill to your journey. Spend an Arabian night on the Indian soil, in the vast desert of Rajasthan.
Yoga and Ayurveda Originated Here
Ayurveda or the ‘Science of Life’ is a 5000 years old healthcare system developed in India. It is the oldest surviving medical system in the world. The main purpose of Ayurveda is not only to cure illness but to ensure good health and long happy life. About 600,000 foreign tourists, many from Europe and US visit India every year, seeking Ayurvedic treatments. And 35 percent of them are repeat visitors which indicates the popularity of the Ayurveda. Until recently, India welcomed more than 1.4 million US tourists who came here for Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala.
Ayurveda is the ‘Mother of Healing’ from which the Tibetan, Greek, and Chinese medicines evolved. The modern globalized form of Ayurveda is known as an alternative medicine which is now a popular healthcare practice worldwide. Foreigners come to India for Ayurveda, because they find it more affordable here than in the West. Other advantages of availing treatments in India include the availability of herbs and other ingredients especially in South Indian state like Kerala.
According to Ayurveda, health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. And the practice of yoga and meditation focuses on well-being and equilibrium of mind, body and soul. Regular practice of Yoga ensures a fit body, controllable mind and a pious soul. Perhaps that is why the ancient practice is a part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Every month, India hosts more than a thousand guests coming from all over the world. The authenticity you can experience here can be found nowhere else. Ashtanga Institute (Mysore), Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (Pune), Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (Chennai), Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), Sivananda Vedanta Centre (Trivandrum), Bihar School of Yoga (Munger) and Yoga Institute (Mumbai) are counted amongst the best yoga centers in India. Yoga has gained such popularity that today we celebrate International Yoga Day on 21 June every year. Attending the International Yoga Festival held in Rishikesh in March is one of the best things to do in India.
Magnificent Palaces & Heritage Sites are all over there
In India, there are 38 heritage sites including two heritage cities. India houses the most beautiful monument in the world, the Taj Mahal. Every year millions of travelers head to India to admire the excellent architecture of this epitome of love. Besides, there are rich historical sites and palaces spread from north to south and east to west in India.
The Hill Forts of Rajasthan, Rani Ki Vav in Gujarat, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, are some of the most visited heritage sites in India. Red Fort Complex in Delhi, Sun Temple, Konark in Odisha and Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar are also on the list. Ellora & Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra and Hampi in Karnataka are nothing less than architectural wonders and are the major tourist attractions in India.
Enjoy both soaring Ocean and serene Backwaters
India is home to some beautiful beaches. Though Goa is charming, but if you want swaying palms, golden sand and turquoise waters, then head to the Havelock Islands in the Andaman Islands. Nestled in the Bay of Bengal, this tropical archipelago is known for scuba diving in India. Also by most definitions of the word, it is a paradise for the honeymooners.
In India, you can also enjoy backwater cruising, especially in Kerala on traditional houseboats also known as ‘Kettuvallams’. Experience an eternal delight when sailing on the serene Kerala backwaters. On your journey, you will be accompanied by the colorful singing birds, alluring greenery, coconut groves and a number of lakes and canals.
Colonial charms create a different world
India is one of the countries that has a fair bit of colonial history to share. And not from just the British alone! Influences of the colonial heritage are seen from the French, Portuguese, Dutch, etc. They have left back a deep influence on Indian culture too. Be it the kind of buildings that they constructed or even the food influences, there is a charm of the colonial legacy left behind. The famous colonial cities in India are Kolkata, Cochin, Goa and Pondicherry.
While Kolkata was once the capital of British India, Shimla used to be the summer capital. And both the cities are packed with markets, monuments, Theatre, Groton Castle, Rothney Castle, Viceregal Lodge, etc. carrying the legacy of the British era. On the other hand, the architecture and city plan of Pondicherry clearly reflects the French influence. Interestingly, in Goa people still follow the classic styles of Portuguese cooking.
Luxury Trains offer wonderful journeys
If you want to indulge in the grand royalty, then traveling aboard one of the luxury trains in India is a way to do so. The wonderful sojourns allow you to travel like a king soaking in the comforts of the royal train. At present, there 4 luxury trains in India, namely, Maharajas’ Express, Palace on Wheels, Deccan Odyssey, Golden Chariot and Fairy Queen Express. These elite luxury trains make your India travel experience a dream journey. Their grandeur is evident from wonderful interiors, majestic ambiance, excellent gastronomy, stringent security arrangements and almost everything you can imagine. Get ready to travel in the lap of luxury and explore some of the most popular tourist destinations of India.
Food is always delicious here
Food, the thought of what brings a smile on our face. And when it is about Indian food, it is not just about a variety of mouth-watering dishes, it is an art of delicacy. There is an interesting story about Indian food. Once, Job Charnock, a British East India Company employee reached the village of Sutanuti in West Bengal. There he was served khichdi by a local woman and fall in love with the food. He stayed there for a long time to eat khichdi and then decided not to leave the place. Later, he founded the city of Kolkata.
Indian food is normally spicy. But here people know how to prepare hygienic food. India is the land of spices. Interestingly, Delhi is home to Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest wholesale spice market. Proper usage of these spices in your food not only keeps you healthy but also increases your immunity. Most of the Indian cuisines are prepared using rich spices, vegetables, grains, herbs, wheat, and rice. India is a food paradise for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Generally, non-vegetarian Indian dishes are made from chicken and mutton. But eastern India offers excellent dishes prepared from fish.
The taste of Indian food changes as you move from one region to another. From the North Indian Chhole Bature to the idli and dosa of South India, there is a myriad of options to satisfy your taste-buds. Also, not to forget, in India tasty food doesn’t empty your pocket. Places like Chandni Chowk not only offer sumptuous food at pocket-friendly prices but at most of the places, hygienic food is served. Besides authentic Indian food, the country also serves International cuisines as well.
They will make you feel happy
‘Athithi Devo Bhava”, is the famous slogan that you will hear here often. It means ‘the guest is God’. India is a safe place for travelers and follows strict rules to ensure the safety of the visitors. This is the reason that even the women and solo travelers consider India as a great place to visit. Indians consider it an honor to invite guests at their home and often go out of their way to please them. Indian hospitality is not comparable to that of any other country. And nowhere else you will experience such a humble treatment. Whether you stay in a heritage hotel or prefer a homestay in India, you’ll be pampered to the core.
Medical Tourism is booming
Thousands of years back a Greek horse rider was rushing towards India to collect medicine. His king was not well and needed the medicine immediately. That day the man failed to save his king because when he returned, it was too late. But now Medical Tourism in India is helping millions of foreign tourists for the treatment of all their serious or mild diseases. There are many success stories of patients who came from far-flung regions and got recovered in India. The availability of the latest medical technologies and low-cost facilities in India is the reason behind the rapidly growing Medical Tourism. Several exceptional surgeries have been carried out over the years in India. A 94-year-old patient underwent a successful hip-surgery, Tanzanian conjoined twins were separated after 12-hour-long surgery, and even an 11-month-old patient suffering from a rare congenital disorder was treated from a heart-surgery. These are only a few of countless instances.
Apart from the hi-tech medical facilities and the low cost of treatments, what else encourages the foreigners to visit India is the communication. The fact that foreign tourists do not face any problems with language also comes as a strong reason why medical tourism is a booming sector in India. Every day, hospitals and Ayurveda centers in India are adopting the latest international-standards to serve the patients with the best healthcare solutions.
Your pocket will not get empty
A wide range of travel costs allows one to travel to India as cheaply or as lavishly as they want. And that’s definitely a part of its appeal as a great destination for a tourist. The luxury segment of the market offers some mesmerizing accommodations, such as authentic palaces or 5-star hotels. Alternatively, you might prefer a quaint guesthouse or homestay.
These days, even the backpacker hostels are modern, clean, and welcoming! You will receive great value to all your investments. Flaunting exquisite interiors and remarkable architecture, heritage and luxury hotels in India leave you spoilt for choice. On the other hand, even in a metropolitan city like Mumbai and Delhi, you can find cheap accommodation and restaurants that indeed offer great value for money.
So, as you can see that there are endless reasons to visit India. No other place on the earth offers so many wonders within a single territory. The diverse attractions in India can meet the expectations of any kind of traveler. And travelers also are rewarded with the full value of their time and money.
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