11 reasons to visit India

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


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


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).


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!


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.


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.


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


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.

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102 Responses to “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. :)
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    • Shalu Sharma says:

      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.
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    • Janit says:

      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.
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  2. Absolutely correct and thanks for sharing, it really helpful to those person who first time ti visit india……….

  3. Vivek says:

    Great article India has very colorful culture and and the oldest civilization of the world.
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  4. Himanshu says:

    India is most beautiful country. Shalu your this article tells much more about India. Which is very nice.

  5. I love my country, and everything that adds to its uniqueness and flavour. Wonderful write-up, as always! :)
    Luv your pic, by the way.
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  6. Anil Bhogia says:

    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.
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  7. Partha Mandal from Heritage Hotel Jodhpur says:

    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.

  8. harish says:

    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.
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  9. 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.
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  10. 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.
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    • Shalu Sharma says:

      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.

  11. Dheeraj Jain says:

    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 :) :)

  12. Srimanta says:

    India is a great travel destination that’s growing in popularity. The first reason for visit to India should be The Taj Mahal.
    Thanks for sharing your views.
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    • Shalu Sharma says:

      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.

  13. 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.
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  14. Very Good Reasons Shalu jee . Nice complied .
    For me Spirituality and Food are the top ones . Thanks for sharing the information.

  15. Michael Belk says:

    These are great reasons to visit a wonderful country. It is no surprise you started out with Taj Mahal as number one, however I am confused about the last one.
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  16. Sapna says:

    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.

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  17. Aditya says:

    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!

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  18. Well said Shalu–East or West,India is best.
    These are our plus points.
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  19. Sabyasachi Patra from Wild India says:

    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.
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    • Shalu Sharma says:

      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

  20. Arti says:

    India certainly has a charm which draws so many foreign travellers to its shores. Food and Spirituality are the biggest draws I guess!! Wonderful post.
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  21. If only I have enough money and enough time I must have been to India a beautiful country in whice everybody dreams visiting it.
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  22. The Taj Mahal is just the most beautiful building I have ever seen (not IRL). I hope to go some day
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  23. Great Post…. thanx for sharing it….Keep up the good work…..

  24. Hi Shalu,

    I can tell from your blog that you really love your country! I always see your posts on JR so I just thought that I’d drop by and just say hi :)
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  25. Muzamal says:

    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.

  26. Abdul Rauf says:

    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.

  27. I think you did skip out on the Bidi and the cigarettes masala. Buddies from overseas have tried it for when here and it does provide them with the short-term great.

  28. siya arora says:

    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..!!!!

  29. 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!.

  30. christina says:

    I think getting experience is important so I think there isn’t any reason ! just visit india to see

  31. suzy says:

    @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.

  32. Dian Clark says:

    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.
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  33. Swati says:

    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!.

  34. Lalitha says:

    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.
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  35. Nazia Shah says:

    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…

  36. Enstine Muki says:

    Shalu that’s you in the dinning room right? That’s a good reason to come around. Do I need an invitation letter?

  37. I’ve always dreamt of visiting Taj Mahal. I love the history behind this famous structure.
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  38. Alex says:

    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.

  39. Vianney says:

    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.

  40. Brings back memories of when I visited several years ago. Thanks for sharing!
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  41. Sam says:

    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 .. :D
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  42. Chetan says:

    “Athithi Devo Bhava” – Often thought of as a backpacker destination with grotty hotel rooms and dirt everywhere in India
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  43. Faisal says:


    I want to visit kashmir…Pls say more about kashmir. Is it the right time to visit there…

  44. Compass says:

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. manu says:

    mam really india is great….but your writing skill is also here for “INDIA KI KHUBSURATI ME CHAAR CHAAND”…

    THANKS …

  46. Jack says:

    Well, India is great country to visit. I want o visit Taj Mahal and I want to ride an elephatnt, yeah because India is very famous about elephant. :D
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  47. nabil says:

    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!!

  48. 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.

  49. Ashi says:

    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.
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  50. aditi says:

    nice site for indian culture … in india there are ELECTION is also famous in the whole world

  51. Chiranjeev says:

    It’s one of the best reason you have shared why should visit India, via the above post.
    The all point you have shared above are right.

  52. Sunil Ravat says:

    I love to visit Taj mehal again and again, Such a great environment. I don’t like only one thing way to taj mahal is not hygienic. Any way wonder is wonderful.
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  53. India is Great.. No one get it’s place..
    i love my country INDIA..
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  54. Sonu says:

    sir very nice articles and nice website….
    i am daily visitor your website…..

  55. amelia says:

    niece Though only Taj Mahal and spirituality were quite enough for me, with these 11 reasons

  56. subhash says:

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

  57. poonam singh says:

    India Is Very Diverse country where you can see different culture and language in every foot step .
    Nice!!! Article about to know India closely
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  58. There are many Place in INDIA to Visit all most of are History on India i am Proude to be an INDIAN Thanks for sharing Great Article Regarding to INDIA.
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  59. Sucha says:

    really nice article :) india is great thnks for sharing the valuable post!
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  60. Really nice post you explain each place very carefully.
    Again Nice post keep it up.

  61. aditi jain says:

    Nice post,,,Its very help ful Who want to Travelling in india,Thanks for Sharing…:)

  62. dipesika says:

    wow great post!! thanks for share with us its is great source of information

  63. joya says:

    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.
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  64. Ravi says:

    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.
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  65. Mukesh says:

    Yes you have actually shared the real reasons why we have to visit to India and specially the best reason is The Taj Mahal.
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  66. Vishal says:

    Dear you can not say that EVERYONE should visit India due to 11 reasons only.. India have Unlimited reasons.
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  67. Ravina says:

    You are right Vishal. India is the one of the best place in whole world.
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  68. Edunws says:

    India is not a small country. India is good country for Education planning, good ranking colleges, etc.
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  69. Mohd Mobin says:

    India is very unique country, In this contrary have different type languages

    Being such a big country and that diverse, India is like a cosmos in itself. Totally unique…. nothing compares to India

  70. Meenakshi says:

    Wonderful Article. I love India. you said very clearly how India is great and top reasons to visit India. Thanks to Admin

  71. Mohit says:

    After reading this article, I proud to be an Indian. This is the best 11 reasons, why should visit India…
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  72. Nice artical . These are main reasons which attract foreigners to travel india. I think India is the best place to live in the world. I love my india.Thanks for this artical.

  73. Sonia Roy says:

    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.

  74. Great Article Dear. in this post you describe every thing briefly. thanks for sharing.
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  75. nice article These are main reasons which attract foreigners to travel india. I think India is the best place to live in the world. I love my india.Thanks for this artical.

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