“If you could travel anywhere, where would you choose to go?” Ask almost anyone, and they’ll reply with India – and it’s fairly obvious why. The South Asian country is famed throughout the world for its beauty and culture, making it a dream holiday destination for many. No wonder over one million people visited in November 2018 alone!
Still undecided on whether to book an Indian adventure or not? Then look no further than our top five reasons to go ahead and do it…
Very often, our choice in vacation depends on the kind of food that a country can offer – so, it’s little surprise that India features highly on many people’s must-visit list. It truly is a land of varied cuisine. No two Indian dishes are the same – and as you’ll discover yourself, there’s nothing quite as flavoursome. Going beyond its taste, a dining experience in India tends to focus on community and sharing. Sample its food, and you’ll become immersed in the culture, too.
The Taj Mahal
Arguably the most recognisable building in the world, the Taj Mahal is a feat in architectural design. Practically everybody has heard of it – and its charm draws in hoards of visitors every year. The landmark has loomed over the Yamuna River for over three and a half centuries; and ever since its reveal, it has wowed art critics and passers-by alike. Obviously, it looks splendid at any time of year – but it’s usually best to visit between November and February. That way, you’ll be able to avoid the Monsoon and the heat of summer.
It’s almost impossible to talk about India without mentioning its wildlife. But as you may already know, many of its species are at risk of extinction at the hands of poaching and people encroaching on natural habitats. Efforts by activists, however, are helping to raise awareness of this growing problem.
Paul Goldstein has passionately supported the protection of Bengal tiger habitats for nearly ten years. He recently partnered with travel experts Exodus to launch the Worth More Alive X Campaign, with the aim of raising money to ensure that the species continues into the future. With this in mind, if you decide to visit India, it’s worth choosing a tour provider that supports conservation, so that you’re able to travel with complete peace of mind.
Yoga capital of the world
If you’re an avid fan of the practice, you’ll no doubt know that India is the birthplace of yoga. To be precise, it’s said to have originated in Rishikesh, which runs along the holy Ganges river. And as anyone who’s been will most likely tell you, it’s a highly spiritual place. Like most areas of India, it’s also incredibly picturesque.
Sights beyond compare
India really is a land like no other. In fact, it seems virtually infeasible to say which of its regions is the most beautiful – each has its own distinct appeal. So, the best way to plan an India tour is usually through identifying what you want in a holiday. Rajasthan tends to be ideal for eager explorers, given its ruins and resplendence, while the Golden Triangle – marked by Jaipur, Agra and Delhi – typifies the classic Indian adventure. As its backwaters expand into huge lakes, Kerala is an idyll of Southern India.
India is described by many as a hub of culture, art and growth – journey there, and you’ll be able to see this for yourself!
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