11 reasons to visit India

Inside of Mahabodhi Temple

One of the most valuable assets of India is its people and diversity. You go from one Indian state to another and you will find a difference in culture, language, mannerisms, tradition and food and amazingly we coexist in a very peaceful way. Nowhere in the world will you find such diversity There are places to visit and then there is India. Here are some of the reasons why you should visit this great country.

The Taj Mahal

One of the wonders of the world, this single monument attracts millions of visitors to India. It’s a beautiful constructed piece of architectural marvel romantically built by a king for this dead wife. UNESCO has described this monument as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. You just have to come to India to view this monument. It is said that the world is divided in two parts; one who has seen the Taj and other who haven’t. Where do you stand? Here’s some facts about the Taj Mahal and how to get there.

The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal

Food

Having visited countries around the world, I shameless declare that Indian food is the best in the world. If you hate bland “fish and chips” or “scampi and lemon” or the mere soggy “cucumber sandwiches”; you just have to come to India to try the delicious Indian food. Many say that once in India, you just have to try the numerous street foods India has to offer. With a little caution, there is no harm in trying the amazing street food in India some of which include the chaat, gol gappa, pav bhaji etc. Here’s a street food guide. Here’s a list of 10 top foods to try when in India.

Me enjoying Indian food
Me enjoying Indian food

Bollywood

India is the home of Bollywood. Nowhere in the world will you get a range of movies made in India. You will find commercial movies to art movies that cater for everyone. Why not visit India and try some of the multiplexes in Delhi or Mumbai and I can assure you that you will love it. Some of the top theatres in India are Cinemax (Mumbai), Cinepolis (Amritsar, Bangalore and Thane), DT Cinemas, Fame Cinemas (Mumbai), Fun Cinemas, INOX, Pyramid Saimira Theatres Ltd (South India ), PVR Cinemas (Delhi) and Sathyam Cinemas (South India).

Volunteering

If you wish to volunteer why not come to India. You will find farms, schools, non-governmental organisations that will help you volunteer in India. You never know, you might like it so much that you might decide to stay in India for longer. I know many who have!

Spirituality

India is the epicentre for the Hindu religion, one of the greatest religions in the world. You will find temples, yoga centres, retreats and ashrams. Many come for the peace of mind that India’s holy places has to offer. If you are looking for a change in direction in your life, you must come to India. In addition, there numerous temples that you can visit such as the Konark Sun Temple in Orissa, Thanjavur Temple in South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Somnath temple in Gujarat, Sanchi Stupas in Madhya Pradesh, Bodh Gaya Temple in Bihar and the Golden Temple in Amritsar along with numerous others.

Inside of Mahabodhi Temple
Inside of Mahabodhi Temple

Cricket

Cricket is said to be founded by the British but the biggest following of this game is in India. It is also home to the richest cricketing body in the world, the BCCI. Nowhere in the world, will you find such passion for cricket than in India. Why not visit India during the cricketing season.

Friendly people

I have visited many places in the world I have realised that people in many parts of the world are extremely boring and unfriendly. Nowhere have I seen such warmth than in my own country. People of India are genuinely friendly, honest, funny, loving and forgiving. You will not have a dull day in India; you will always have someone to talk to you. Indians will give you the best laugh of your life.

Higher education

India has some of the best education systems of the world comparable to Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard. No wonder students from all over the world come to study in India. If want to study in India, then you should come and visit some of the institutions India has to offer. Forget USA, UK and Australia, come to India for your higher education.

Emerging economy

You will find that India has changed. A country’s prosperity is defined by the number of middle classes in the country. Well, India has one of the largest middle class populations in the world giving India a huge consuming ability. No wonder, companies around the world are dying to come to India to set up their businesses. Come and see for yourself how India has changed for the better.

Shopping

India is a paradise for shoppers. There are numerous places you can shop from street vendors, to small shops to international outlets. If you are a shopaholic, you will love India. Here are 51 things to buy in India.

Handicraft shops in India
Handicraft shops in India

Bhang

Although marijuana is illegal in India, it’s difficult to completely ban this drug. Hence the government of India has come up with legal government shops where you can buy bhang cookies and bhang lassies (milkshake) without being arrested. Most of the legal bhang shops are in holy city of Varanasi. Read more about Bhang here.

I can mention hundreds of more reasons for visiting this existing and beautiful county but for the time being these 11 reasons for visiting India will do! Trust me, a holiday in India will be memorable like no other.

Hello world, Shalu here!


Connect with me on Facebook or on Google+, or like the Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. If you have any questions on India, just send me a message...

Amazing Facts About India
India For Kids: Amazing Facts About India

What to learn about India? What to teach your children about India? Are you travelling to India? Here is a simple book that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about this amazing country. My book, India For Kids is designed especially for children but travellers going to India can also take advantage of this simple book. You can find out more about the book here India For Kids: Amazing Facts About India which is available on all Amazon stores.

106 thoughts on “11 reasons to visit India

  1. Couldn’t agree more with you Shalu!

    These surly are great reasons why everyone should visit India – the best being the Indian food that’s unbeatable anywhere I feel because of the number of spices and flavors that go into it. Not to mention the effort and love people put into cooking it, which finally turns into awesome dishes.

    That’s a lovely snap of yours enjoying Indian food. 🙂

    I agree with all of your other points, though the parts about spirituality, our culture, traditions, mannerisms, and most importantly the warmth Indian’s show to anyone coming to our country is unbeatable I feel.

    Oh yes, the shopping and movie craze is forever there, though I wonder if it’s the same in other countries too.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. 🙂
    Twitter:

    • Harleena, completely agree with you 100% about Indian food. I have to say its the best in the world even better than Chinese food. Thank you for your comment and hope to see you again. Best wishes to you.
      Twitter:

    • I think you did miss out on the Bidi and the tobacco masala. Friends from abroad have tried it for when here and it does give them the temporary high. These probably are off the track experiences for any visitor to India though.

      Nice post Shalu. Taj Mahal, rightly tops the list.
      Twitter:

  2. Really India is best country around the world. here are many different thing make the different like culture.Culture is the most role play every Indian life.beautiful lady when wear the sari,so that article tell to the about the India.

  3. All the reasons are perfect to visit India. Symbol of Love Taj Mahal is the most wonderful thing to watch here. Food of India is just amazing whether it is South Indian,Rajasthani Daal Baati or Punjabi Tadka. Peoples are crazy about movies here also and tourist will enjoy the same. Every second person is crazy for cricket. Indian Culture, Indian,traditions, cultures, weddings, educations and shopping all are just awesome. Nobody can never forget India once ever he came here.

  4. India is really a beautiful and amazing country .you have given very nice reasons to visit India but if once any one visit to India.he/she will fall in love with india and i am sure they does not need any reason to love India!!!!!!in india we see variety in every thing from food to climate ,from relgions to languages everything.

  5. Really happy to see all this good stuff about my country. I personally knows some tourist who came to India for Indian food specially for Rice and Kadhi. I must say a traveler can enjoy different taste, weather, different places and mix culture in one go by visiting India. This is the main thing that attracts every tourist towards India. Thanks for mention all good points.
    Twitter:

  6. Wonderful post, Shalu,

    I’ve never seen the Taj Mahal in real life, but it seems beautiful, indeed. If I ever go to India it will be my first destination.

    I have an Indian friend, here in North Carolin US and she has made me taste some of her food and I love it. So, I tend to believe that it’s one of the best foods.

    I know that India produces a lot of movies, some we hear of all the way over here.

    I agree that Indian people are friendly and nice.

    Thank you for telling us about all the reasons we should go visit India.

    • Sylviane, I hope you do come to India at least once and when you do, you must visit the Taj Mahal. I think you will like it. Your Indian friend seems very nice. Thank you for your complements about Indian people.
      Twitter:

  7. Hello admin, great article. I am loving my country more after reading this article. Really… India has so many tastes and shows facets of life. I am foody and Indian spices have the magic in it and bollywood..It is fun entertainment. Cricket is not just game it is passion in India. Just love it love this post. Thanks admin for updating 🙂 🙂

    • Srimanta, India had always been a great holiday destination. The Taj Mahal attracts millions of visitors from not only India but around the whole world. Thank you for visiting and commenting. I hope to see you again. Best wishes.
      Twitter:

  8. I am glad that you posted these reasons to visit India. As India is the only country in the world which has so many languages and religion. The best thing about India is that every state is different from another in terms of food, culture and climate which cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world. As for the Bhang Shops, some are also located in Jaisalamer near the fort which are fully licensed.
    Twitter:

  9. HI Shalu jee,

    Great post as always!

    I think these are the magnetic reasons to attract anyone in our country. The best being the Taj Mahal which deservedly is at the top.

    Thanks Shalu jee for the share.

    Sapna

  10. Hi Shalu ji,

    So so glad to read this post. A few affairs of late have rocked India’s stability but nothing can beat what you’ve mentioned, I totally agree with that. Of course, every state has it’s own culture and yet we live peacefully don’t we.

    I hope the current turmoils cool off and let’s hope the true colours of India are actually put to view.

    Great post!

    Aditya

  11. Great to see this post. Once I had read Abdul Kalam’s speech that our media talks more about negativity – rape, blasts, corruption – and forgets the positive aspects. He had mentioned that when he visited Israel, there was a major blast and he purposefully searched the newspapers for that news and found a small paragraph devoted to that. It is not headline news like here in India. Even after displaying so much of negative things in the headlines everyday, have me made any change? Lets focus on the positive aspects and encourage people to also think about positivity. Lets encourage people to be successful by taking good role models as their heroes rather than people of dubious distinctions.

    Recently I met a Chief Wildlife warden of a state for permission to film wildlife. He made a statement that negative sensationalistic things sell more in media. I am sure we have enough content to create positive mindshare rather than the india tvs and other such channels.

    You have rightly mentioned food. Every region has got different food and has evolved taking into consideration the geography, climatic conditions and the lifestyles of people. When we travel abroad, we realise how good our food is.

    Along with Africa, India has got great wildlife and can provide a superb wildlife experience to foreign visitors as well as Indians. There is lot of scope for adventure tourism like white water rafting. Some very beautiful landscapes for trekking. Warm and sunny beaches, rocky beaches, beaches with white sands… there is lot of variety there.

    Classical dances and music: There are many foreigners staying back in India for their entire lives and learning it.

    And last but not least, if someone wants to write a book, then can undertake a train journey and explore India like ex-BBC Sir Mark Tully.
    Twitter:

    • Sabyasachi, there is no denying that positive thinking must be encouraged but not on the cost of real news.

      Lets face it,negative news most of the time makes good headlines. Most of us are concerned about the negative things so we pay attention to it and learn from it and take precautions so that it does not happen to us.
      Position news on the other hand are supposed to be the norm, we do not care much about it.

      Thank you for mentioning Classical dances and music, they are worthy of being mentioned which I overlooked.

      Thank you for your valuable input and hope to hear more from you.

      Best wishes
      Twitter:

  12. india is the most beautiful country in the world i like it. i like indian people and specially like a most popular and beautiful building Tag Mehal. thanks for sharing the beauty of india i really like this article.

  13. Fascinating facts! I totally agree that there are a lot of reasons why people should go to india. And I honestly think that there traditional practices are very unique. I have also heard that there are really a lot of beautiful places in india. I’m hoping I could visit india in the near future. thank you for this information. This information could really help a lot of travelers.

  14. Hi Shalu,

    Great post again.! you’re just amazing and i always read your blog or i find you just cover everything in your article related to your topics.! Keep posting and let we increase our knowledge about india..!!!!
    Twitter:

  15. Yes you are true that we are blessed to live in a place where we do have such a variety of places to travel: like the hot desserts of Rajasthan, the backwaters of Kerala, the rugged landscapes of Leh-Ladakh, the mangrove forests of Sundarban, Westbengal, land of undulating hills and plains with luxuriant greens of North-East; the list is never ending. I visited TajMahal for the first time in my college days, and have the urge to visit it again & again.
    Also we have the range of foods to die for.
    India is a country of festivals. There is a phrase in Bengali: “Baro Mase Tero Parvan” – which means we have 13 festivals in 12 months, in almost every region of i!.
    Twitter:

  16. @chistina Landing on Indian soil, your first stop over has to be one of the most famous and history rich city of Agra. Most people visit this beautiful country, just to visit one of the spectacular wonders of the world – Taj Mahal. One visit to this place and you will know it has much more to offer.

  17. Fully convinced! Though only Taj Mahal and spirituality were quite enough for me, with these 11 reasons, I have no more doubts – I’ll visit India when I have such an opportunity.

  18. India is a beautiful country, its cost of leaving is low and lots of good beautiful places is there the most advantage is the Indian food and peoples are very nice.

  19. the most beautiful thing is, that many kind of people are living in india, and they are living very hepply passing the time together, for example you can see all religious peoples in indian muslims, hindu, sikh etc, the fact which i like in india…

  20. The Bread Basket of India, the Punjab is well worth the trip, to see the agricultural success of the region. It is interesting in how farming has modernise over the past twenty years and incorporated sustainability already.

  21. I have forever been a fan of Bollywood movies and my favorite would have to be Three Idiots. Watching these movies gave me a little look into what India has to offer and I’m currently planning out my itinerary for this year. I’ll definitely incorporate your tips.

  22. India is a land of culture , the oldest civilization in the world . Visit the city of joy and see by yourself why it is called that. I love my India .. 😀

  23. Yes great article on India. India is very great place to visit in any time of the month. My favorite place in India is New Delhi, also a capital of India and land of so many historical and classical monuments & forts. I have also feeling joy and proud whenever someone says I LOVE INDIA. Really its loving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. India is one of the greatest countries.and one of the most valuable assets of it is its people and diversity.I wish to visit India!!thank you for sharing this post!!

  25. Harleena, completely agree with you 100% about Indian food. I have to say its the best in the world even better than Chinese food. Thank you for your comment and hope to see you again. Best wishes to you.

  26. Marijuana is used to make drug for cancer. it is the only illegal thing which cause no death till date. I mean people die of smoking and drinking but no death has been reported due to marijuana.

    It can be used as many important sectors of medical science.

  27. Very Nice Article Indian Places Kedhar nath And Badrinath Chardham Yathra Kashi Most Power full india God Lord Venkateswara In Thiruma thirupathi Devasthanam Vemulavada

  28. I have forever been a fan of Bollywood movies and my favorite would have to be Three Idiots. Watching these movies gave me a little look into what India has to offer and I’m currently planning out my itinerary for this year.

  29. India is known for its rich culture and history, This place has a history as extensive as 5000 years. It has gain a reputation of most fascinating tourist destinating among the international tourists all over the word…Wonderful article Mam.
    Twitter:

  30. That’s why Everybody Says Incredible India, There are awesome places to visit in INDIA, not only that, India is one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world. Proud To Be An Indian.

  31. hey shalu you have written an amazing article here describing about India, as it will attract more foreign tourists i gonna share this article via twitter and facebook, Thanx and keep posting such an attractive articles through your blog.

Leave a Comment

16 + 15 =

This blog uses premium CommentLuv which allows you to put your keywords with your name if you have had 3 approved comments. Use your real name and then @ your keywords (maximum of 3)