You’ve not seen anything, if not India

India is one of the world’s most astounding places to visit. You can spend a lifetime exploring this deeply addictive destination and still yearn for more. Demystifying India is a perpetual work in progress and here are some glimpses into what ideally makes India a perfect destination for your next trip.

The Incomparable Culture

People celebrate Holi, the festival of colors in India

India, being one of the world’s oldest civilizations, is an amalgamation of different cultures and traditions. Here people of all religions, sects and classes still value their customs and traditions, while being new age harbingers of development and globalization. Religion is intertwined with their everyday lives, yet the people of India’s many faiths live together harmoniously. The varied languages, music, dance and traditions make it a must for every person to experience the rich cultural heritage of India at least once.

The Delectable Food

An assortment of North Indian Delicacies

India is home to the most varied and delicious food options ever. It is unlike anything you would find in any other country. Like the culture, Indian cuisine is also varied and incredible. North Indian food is characterized by spicy flavors along with thick and delicious gravies and sweets are a huge favorite. South Indian food is spicier than that in the north and usually includes ingredients like coconut, pepper and mustard seeds. Apart from the regional cuisines, Indian Street food must not be missed. Every state has its own specialty street food dishes, which are cheap and taste brilliant. Indian food is bound to give you hunger pangs, just be careful with the spices.

The Colorful Street Markets

Colorful handicrafts adorn street markets in India

When it comes to shopping, India has an abundance of options for everyone. One can find everything from silver jewelry, electronics, sports gear, carpets, handicrafts, souvenirs, dresses to ethnic Indian clothes. They are everywhere, although Colaba Causeway in Mumbai, Hathi Pol Bazaar of Rajasthan and Sarojini Nagar market of Delhi are some of the busiest street markets of India. Whether you want to buy presents for people back home or you just want to pamper yourself with some quality Indian goods, these street markets will always come to your rescue.

The Extraordinary Forts and Palaces

The intricately detailed entrance gate of the historical Amer Fort in Jaipur, India

The extraordinarily intricate details of the forts and palaces of India are awe-inspiring and breathtaking. The famous Indian city of Jaipur houses many incredible forts and palaces including the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind), along with the revered Amer Fort (a.k.a. Amber Fort). The list is unending and these stunning sites offer a dream-like experience for every traveler to get lost in a fantasy world of kings and queens.

The Magnificent Himalayas

The beauty of world’s highest mountain range, the Himalayas, has no match. It presents the most magnificent landscapes with beautiful snow covered mountain tops, intimidating mountain passes and miles of barren stretches of land. It’s no surprise that the world’s highest motor-able road, the Khardungla Pass, is located in India. The Himalayas span the county’s north-most point in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, all the way to the east-most point in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. These majestic ranges make India an ideal destination to enjoy some of the earth’s most spectacular views.

The Captivating History and Architecture

It’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times. Being one of the world’s oldest civilizations, the architecture of the various monuments, temples, forts and palaces is truly varied and amazing, which makes it a must see for everyone. The Indian architectural marvels include one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built over a span of 22 years in the 17th century by the mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz. India is a treasure for all history lovers and every monument has its own story to tell if you are willing to listen.

The Serene Beaches and Backwaters

The gorgeous beaches and spectacular backwaters of India are the ideal escape from the chaos of your busy lives. The many exceptionally beautiful sights will make you fall in love with incredible India. Goa, a former Portuguese colony, and the center of the hippie culture in the 60’s still preserves some of its old world charm, and mixes it up with the exciting lifestyle of today; while Kerala offers the most beautiful and serene backwaters and a truly tropical experience, being just a few hours away. However, the much less known part of India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are home to one of the best beaches in Asia, the Radhanagar beach. With so much to offer, India truly is a traveler’s heaven.

A Unique Yoga and Ayurveda Experience

The ancient physiological and medical sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda originated in India and continue to be a part and parcel of life here. Yoga practiced in Rishikesh or Dharamshala, and Ayurvedic rejuvenation treatment received in Kerala cannot be compared with those elsewhere in the world. To experience the true magic of these traditional sciences, you have to pay their birthplace a much deserved visit.

You must visit India at least once in your life, and the best time to do it is NOW.

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Post by Madiha Shariq and Akash Deep Choudhary / Travart Blogs / 23.08.2016

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