Tuesday, 19 May 2015

10 reasons why you should visit India this year.

India can only be described as though you looked at a rainbow through a kaleidoscope. Now maybe add a bit of paint. Once India has got you in its hold, you will never leave the country the same. 


“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most constructive  materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” - Mark Twain

1. Landscapes.







There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won't go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited,I was stunned by the richness of the land,by its lush beauty and exotic architecture,by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds...I had been seeing the world in black & white and,when brought face-to-face with India,experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor." - Keith Bellows, National Geographic society.

Oh the different landscapes you can find here are truly mind blowing. From the lush,snowy mountains of kashmir to sand dunes of Rajasthan or the sunny beaches, you can find it all. It honestly sometimes feels like you're in two different continents.


2. The people.



"If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India." - Romain Rolland, French scholar

Some of the people you find in India are truly life changing. Their simple philosophies and perspectives on life will make you realise that what you have is pretty good. I'm always awestruck by how kind and generous people are who live in rural areas. They're willing to really help you out and offer you all that they can. it makes you really feel bad for not sharing what you have,and all the excess that you have.


3. History.








It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in self-destruction of the human race. At this supremely dangerous moment in human history , the only way of salvation is the ancient Hindu way. - Arnold J. Toynbee , British historian.

India is a treasure chest for anything to do with history. With influences from Persia,Bhutan,Europe and several other places you'll see the little similarities in the architecture,which brings me to my fourth point....


4. Architecture. 









"So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked." - Mark Twain. 


Ahhhh,India with all of its monuments,mosques,temples and palaces. You can find 500 year old ruins right next to a shopping mall. That is India.


5. Diversity in religion.






In religion, India is the only millionaire……the One land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined. " - Mark Twain.


India's acceptance to all religions in commendable. Even today, so many places are racist towards different religions and its sad. my dad once told me that India is the only place in the entire world where you can find a temple, a mosque, a gurdwara and a church on the same road. And i can't agree more!

6.  Treasure trove for photographers 






You can't go anywhere where in India with out taking a few 'National Geographic cover page' type of photos. Wether you see ice cream wrappers next to a 15th century monument or it could be a woman dressed in a neon sari with so many prints that you have to hold on to something for a moment.



7. Street shopping





I swear by indian street shopping! You get such amazing clothes at insane prices! Who wouldn't want that? Plus the vibrant colours that are home to only India are sure to make you stand out.


8. The food







From street food to rich mughlai butter naan, there is something for everyone. A lot of indians are non-vegetarian but most of them are vegetarians so i can assure you that there is a wide range of selection for everyone.


9.  The music


I'm pretty sure that you didn't know that Ravi Shankar was George Harrison's muse. And he taught George to play the sitar. Yeah. apart from that indian music is almost like a spiritual experience from the the sitar strings to the harmonium 


10. The experience.







"If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India. " - Max Mueller, German Scholar.


I promise you that there is no place like India, like i said before, you will not leave the same. It's sort of like we all are living in our own little world and India sort of gives you a reality check and makes you understand and realise what is important. You will see the generosity of people who have nothing and you will see the kindness of people who have everything. I seriously hope you decide to visit India as it is not only a beautiful place but the air is sort of filled with a magic of ancient times.




I hope you likes this and i hope you decide to  visit India! 


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