India is a unique travel destination that's growing in popularity all the time. Here are some reasons why you should visit.
Also check out 10 Indian stereotypes that do and do not reflect reality to find out more about India.
India is a Huge Country
India is a vast country that's just over one-third of the size of the United States. Much of it is rural, and there are some incredible sights to be seen and discovered. To the north, there are the Himalayas. To the south, beaches. To the west, desert. And to the east, tribal territory.
India is a Great Value Destination
India is often thought of as a backpacker destination with grotty hotel rooms and dirt everywhere. This definitely isn't the reality! You can travel as cheaply or as lavishly as you want in India, and that's definitely part of its appeal as a tourist destination. The luxury segment of the market offers some mesmerizing accommodations, such as authentic palace hotels. Alternatively, you might prefer a quaint guesthouse or homestay. Options, such as these budget hotels, abound. These days, even the backpacker hostels are modern, clean, and welcoming!
There's a saying in India, "Athithi Devo Bhava", which means "the guest is God." Indians consider it a huge honor to have guests in their home and go out of their way to please them. There's nothing like Indian hospitality. And, as a result of the growing popularity of homestays in India, there are plenty of opportunities to experience it. Many homestays are far from the humble abodes you may expect too!
Your Perspective Will Be Broadened
India is a place that everyone should visit once in their lives to get out of their comfort zones and get a different perspective on life. The culture shock in India can be hard to deal with. However, you'll quickly come to appreciate what you have back home and how fortunate you really are. It's impossible to leave India the same person as when you arrived. It will change you, for better or worse.
Not All Places in India are "Unsafe"
Unfortunately, India has received a lot of negative publicity recently in regards to women's safety. Admittedly, India can be an uncomfortable country for foreign female tourists. However, the good news is that some parts of India are much more tourist-friendly than others. In that regard, south India is often said to be better than north India. Tamil Nadu, in particular, is a recommended destination for women.
You'll Be Helping the Economy
People in the tourism industry depend on revenue generated from the peak season to sustain themselves throughout the rest of the year. By traveling to India, you'll be helping people keep their businesses alive and families properly fed.
India can be very inspiring and refreshing for the soul. Many people come to India to learn yoga, meditate, or spend time at an ashram. Another moving experience is to take part in an evening aarti (fire worship) along the Ganges river at either Rishikesh, Haridwar, or Varanasi.
History and Architecture
One of the things visitors always marvel at in India is the magnificent architecture found all over the country, and it varies so much where ever you go.
Indian food can take a bit of getting used to for some people, but it really is worth it. You may be surprised to find that Indian cuisine is vastly different to the standard fare served up in most Indian restaurants, which is in fact predominantly north Indian cuisine.
India has many irresistible items. The handicrafts are particularly eye-catching and well made. Each region tends to specialize in a particular industry that's been handed down over generations.