“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great-grandmother of tradition.
Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”–Mark Twain
The above quote by American writer, Mark Twain explains the love for India and need to visit this beautiful nation at least once in a lifetime. What is treasured on the other side of the Himalayas? Is Indus Valley the golden era that shaped an immaculate culture? Like these questions, Mother India is full of zillions of folklores, practices, festivals, and secrets. The “Statue of Unity” honoring Sardar Vallabhai Patel is not just a superlative of statues but a symbol of Unity in Diversity.
The nation respects everyone from everywhere regardless of their origin and her hospitality is the epitome of excellence. From celebrated poet laureate, Thiruvalluvar to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the most loved person in the country, India is the knowledge repository for the whole world. From the game of chess, the invention of zero, divinity in lovemaking, exploration of art and architecture to serving humanity, India is the pioneer of pioneers.
India is not just the “Golden Triangle”, Kerala Houseboats, South Indian Banana Leaf feast, mythology, architecture, deserts, and mountains. For every 50 km, there is a different lifestyle, different dialect, and every culture makes a non-Indian feel like she or he is entering a different country altogether. Entrepreneurs, cinema celebrities, cricketers, and powerful politicians share the same cities with the developing people and hard working labor population of the country.
India is divided by its people’ skin tone, ideologies, food habits, educational facilities, plateaus, mountains, deserts, and agricultural practices but united due to its lovable Indian mentality running in its generous gene.
The amount of kindness showered on foreign tourists tells a lot about any particular country. The harmonious rapport and hospitable homes across the Indian country befriend foreigners like their own people. Especially when you come to South India, the crux of the Indian subcontinent can be witnessed in each and every friendly gesture – while serving food, giving water, greeting with respect, and explaining about unknown places.
Be it the mystical Padmanabaswamy in Kerala, the famous Taj Mahal, Mysore Palace, Harmandir Sahib of Amritsar, Bahai Temple in Delhi, Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, the Virupakksha of Hampi, the carnal carvings of Khajuraho, Sri Rangam’s Raja Gopuram, paintings inside Ajantha and Ellora, the impossible architecture of Brahadeeswarar, and Islam styled massive mosques and tombs, religious destinations are plentiful and their roots are unquestionable. From formidable forts, worship near river bodies, mountain climbing, peaceful trekking, and legacy of monuments, the vast and amicable characteristics of India creates the perfect ingredients of a traveling arsenal.
East or west, exploring India is a must!
Rhyme aside, Westerners travel in groups and engage on solo travels to witness a place that when studied and applied on their day-to-day lifestyle will bring happiness and harmony into their overall lives. The early settlers of mankind somehow had had an intimate connection with India and the holiness of this land keeps growing till date.
Starting from the incredible and impossible temple architecture and tradition of Tamilnadu, Nature’s birthplace in the backwaters of Kerala, unexplored terrains of the North East, rich architectural brilliance of Central India like Orccha in Madhya Pradesh, Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan, Amer Fort of the Rajputs, Nalanda University of Bihar, the Gomateshwar monolith in Shravanabelagola in Karnataka, the Sun temple in Konark, Odisha, the recent addition to UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites – Rani Vav of Gujarat, and breathtaking trekking and soul search in the Himalayas, the seven sizzling rivers, premises of the Thar desert, inevitable train journeys, and Nature walks, to the confluence of Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea with the Indian Ocean in Kanyakumari, a traveler has everything they can’t think of exploring in their lifetime. Your time will run out and you would have not even traveled to half of these destinations.
Agriculture is the backbone of this nation. It contributes 18% to the GDP of the country and creates 50% of job opportunities directly and indirectly. Indians are the largest producer of pulses, rice, and spice products. Dairy products, meat, fisheries, and food grains account for a great deal of profit. The connection of the Indian farmers with their cows is divine and they treat their cattle like family. The government should come up with more schemes to offer loans, cattle, and machinery to small scale farmers for an improved economy.
Due to centralized power and less importance is given to local governance, some regions suffer poverty while other places are affluent enough to support charity. The soon to be developed nation gives importance to her child’s education. The staggering IITs and IIMs are the modern day Nalandha and students toil to get a seat there. The literacy rate is getting better every day and Indians have learned to manage the English language like no other country has ever done before. Friendly auto drivers, queues testing your patience, scrumptious street food, and a welcoming Indian crowd in most parts of our country maintain the helpfulness standards beyond the limit.
Solo Travel for Women: The perspective about womenfolks are slowly improving after the IT boom. However, study an area before exploring it all alone. Salwar Kameez in North India and Sarees in South India makes your solo travel get an unforgettable experience. You might get unwanted stares and it is best to walk straight ahead without minding them. You’ll have a beautiful time in India but it is better to stay alert of the surroundings when you travel alone.
Mythology and Astrology: Ramayana and Mahabaratha are two classic epics with a lot of internal controversies. Thousands of distinct worship practices, prophecies, temple festivals, architectural clues, and crypts inside caves make you realize the country is incredible. Astrology and ancestral predictions like tarot reading, parrots as predictors, palm reading, mind reading, and fortune telling give you a surge of mixed emotions. Imbibe the positives in the predictions like you inhale India exhaling the uncomfortable parts.
Best Time to Visit: October to March (April – July summers can be spent in the hilly regions)
Why the World Loves India? The whole world in one way or other wants to be India or if not wants to at least visit India as they know the country’s wisdom and clarity toward life is something to be treasured and learned. The charming nature of this magical and medicinal nation will improve your quality of life, giving chiliads of blissful memories to take back home. Often, people miss out on the unexplored territories and tour regions an enormous amount of population have already paid numerous visits. Taj Mahal is a must-visit spot but love is not confined to the nation’s capital, it is widespread across the country in various mosques, temples, churches, tombs, festivals and natural landscapes. Have an open mind and a hungry heart to grind, chew, and experience the taste of India.
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