If you’re heading away into the big wide world for the first time, you’re likely wondering where exactly you want to go. Consider India – the sprawling country is full to the brim with things to see and do, so much so that you likely won’t fit it all into one trip.
With that being said, here are just a few reasons why India is the must-see destination for the first-time traveler.
It’s rich with culture
The culture in India is plain to see as soon as you arrive. Rich with religion, spirituality, and history, you’ll see it in nearly every aspect of the country – the ways of life, the architecture and the cultural practices the locals follow. Be sure to embrace the culture in every way possible.
It’s important you don’t try to avoid the culture, as it is so central to every part of India. From the landmarks you’ll see to the locals you’ll meet, the influence of history and religion plays a massive part in the country’s formation and culture to this day.
There’s so much to see in India
Speaking of landmarks, there are so many in India that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether it’s the iconic Taj Mahal, frequented by tourists and locals alike every day, or somewhere lesser known like the Great Wall of India – yes, it does exist – you’ll be overcome by the grandeur and importance of these sights.
And that’s not all India has to offer, as its natural beauty is just as overwhelming. Head to Darjeeling, in the midst of the Himalayas, and you’ll witness some of the most magnificent panoramas in the world – India really does have an abundance in the way of things to see.
It’s one of the most diverse countries
There’s no denying India’s diversity. From the aforementioned hill stations situated in the Himalayas to the bustle of its big cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata – there’s so much to do without having to travel from country to country, meaning it’s the perfect destination for the inexperienced tourist.
Consider splitting your time so you experience everything India has to offer. Head from one of its bustling, busy cities, where you’ll be overcome with culture and energy, and head out to a quieter, lesser-known district – consider Kerala, where you can actually stay with locals, for an authentic insight into the Indian way of life.
The Indian food is delectable
You can’t go to India without sampling the best food on offer. Consider stopping by a street stall or two for the best examples – you don’t have to splurge for a good, tasty meal. In the bigger cities such as Delhi, the air is filled with the scents of fragrant foods being cooked up on the streets.
Everything from curries to bread can be picked up from stalls in India’s cities, all of which as rich and tasty as the next dish. Don’t hesitate to try an authentic part of Indian culture – but perhaps don’t dive in and get the spiciest thing on offer right away. You don’t want to be bed-bound
The locals are lovely
Be sure to strike up a conversation with the locals when in India – the majority of people are friendly, welcoming and more than willing to help you with any questions or queries you may have. It’s a testament to just how wonderful a country it really is, as the locals are almost always overwhelmingly cordial and warm.
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