India is a destination like no other. Some go there for the beauty of the landscapes, especially the Himalayan mountains or the beautiful beaches of Goa, others to discover the incredible traditions and customs of this immense country, but most of the travellers who go to India are looking for a real change of scenery, a cultural shock that you can only live there.
Swarming cities, festive traditions, spicy cuisine, extreme climate, poverty, beautiful landscapes, spirituality, fervour, modernity, religious and ethnic diversity, biodiversity … India is all that and more.
If you are not yet convinced, discover 5 good reasons to explore India!
To discover the incredible Ganges region
The Ganges is one of the longest rivers in the world. It rises in the Gangotri glacier, located more than 6000 m above sea level in the Himalayas. It is a sacred symbol among Hindus for whom the water of the Ganges has the virtue of washing away sins and freeing the soul of the deceased. The entire Ganges region is, therefore, home to a large number of sacred sites such as the cities of Haridwâr or Vârânasî where you can witness impressive rituals.
To admire the architectural richness of India
Many citadels were built at the top of the hills, they were intended to protect the inhabitants from possible attacks. The Mehrangarh Fort located in Jodhpur, as well as the Junagarh Fort, are magnificent and well worth a visit.
The most famous monument in the country remains the Taj Mahal, this superb funerary monument located in the heart of the city of Agra. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. This mausoleum is considered to be the most important symbol of Indo-Muslim architecture. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.
In Delhi, you will discover the Lotus Temple, a place of meditation known worldwide for its principles of “universal peace and tolerance towards peoples and religions”.
British colonization also left some monuments in honour of Queen Victoria such as Mumbai train station or the Victoria Memorial in Calcutta.
To taste a varied and tasty gastronomy
India is renowned for its different cuisines with surprising flavours and colours. It is the country of vegetarians par excellence!
The “naans” are buns used as an accompaniment to all dishes such as Tikka chicken, vegetable samosas, basmati rice, biryani chicken and vegetable curry soups. Be careful however, the kitchen can be very spicy!
To explore huge megalopolises
India is the 2 and most populous country in the world after China with over 1.2 billion people. Suffice to say that some Indian cities are huge and have a lot to offer you both in terms of landscapes and monuments and the people who live there.
We advise you, in particular, to go through Bombay, the cinematographic capital of the country. Visiting Bollywood studios, star houses and old cinemas will allow you to discover a particularly interesting facet of India.
For a total change of scenery, do not miss the administrative capital, New Delhi. This city is indeed rich in cultural sites, and you can learn more about the history of the country. You will also be surprised by the local people, very welcoming and warm.
To experience unique traditions
India is renowned for its ancestral traditions. One of them concerns dress: women wear the traditional “Sari” which is a long, colourful stole. Its manner of being draped often identifies the region or the ethnicity of the one who wears it.
Hinduism is the predominant religion of the country and the castes still punctuate the social life of the country, the population is, therefore, hierarchical as indicated by religion.
The most famous tradition remains that of the “sacred cow”. Cows are revered because in Hinduism, it is the cow that represents life, so it should therefore not be killed either by sacrifice or by slaughter. They, therefore, live in total freedom, which is impressive in cities since they often cause traffic jams and are untouchable: prepare to live incredible moments when you visit this country!
India is a country too vast, to sum up its riches in a few lines … To find out, a trip is essential!