Brimming with what seems like tangible history lurking in the air, bright colors, and of course, the warmest smiles you’ll ever meet, India is a country that may just steal your heart for good! Perhaps the secret to its magnetism lies within India’s vibrant colors, sounds, and the ever-enticing contradictions.
While we can tell you all about its alluring nature, one thing is for certain: the rich lands, the lush and beautiful architecture, the smells, and the tastes…these things all come together in order to ensure that each and every visitor to India leaves forever changed.
What about the Warnings?
Some folks will tell you all about the characteristics of India which should ideally convince you never to set your feet on foreign soil. Things like:
Hygiene in India isn’t exactly fantastic – you probably will get sick if you don’t sit up and pay attention.
Traveling from one site to another isn’t easy.
The food may cause you to weep in agony.
There are oodles of people, which may mean that going on a hike in the more remote spots is one of the only ways you’ll find peace and quiet.
Mumbai is known for its slum, and the beggars will be in your face ALL THE TIME.
There’s rubbish everywhere, pollution is a very real problem in India.
And perhaps these things are all true, but we’ve come up with one seriously compelling list of reasons why you should definitely still visit India, even though you know that the information above isn’t a lie. Just pack your bags and go, we promise it will all be worth it. And here’s why…
Reasons Why You Should Ignore the Warnings and Visit India Anyway
Think along the lines of Moguls and the Maharajas, the opulent palaces, and of course the breathtaking forts. Rajasthan lies in the northern part of India, and it’s the one place in the country where you’ll be able to submerge yourself in the rich history of India. Make sure to dress appropriately and bring a good rain jacket if you are there in monsoon season.
For the love of beaches.
Because you’ll probably feel drained by the sheer rush of the north, India offers a range of idyllic beaches, complete with the picturesque palm-fringed look, where visitors can kick off their shoes and slow down the pace. Goa might be a little crowded, but if you head to the more remote beaches in the south (Agonda or Palolem), you’ll be swept away by the pristine landscapes and off quietness surrounding you.
To enter mindfulness.
Everyday life seems to be largely based on religion and deep spirituality in India, and since it’s the birthplace of Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, it’s also home to all of the world’s religions. Witnessing the locals go about their religious routines is something that can only be experienced, never explained in full.
You’ll get to see the beautiful architecture.
When it comes to architecture, India is one of the most beautiful and diverse in its class. With history, religion, and culture being the building bricks of Indian architecture, you can expect to be blown away by the ancient ruins, monuments, mosques, temples, palaces, and forts (they have 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to be seen) that are everywhere to be seen.
Because you’ll have the adventure of your life!
Adventure lovers will truly never run out of things to do while in India. The possibilities include seeing the Indian elephants in their natural habitat, navigating the crazy streets of Delhi, trekking the snow-capped mountains in the north, and exploring the beaches of Goa. But these are merely the tip of the iceberg, because as long as you’re in India, the sky is literally the limit.
To meet the people.
Indian locals (well, especially the low-income groups) might just be the world’s friendliest people. Some locals will invite you to their place for dinner, but even if you don’t get to experience that, the warm hearts of the people on the streets will have you reinstate your trust in the goodness of mankind.
Can you say Taj Mahal?
Okay so as one of the World’s Seven Wonders, the Taj Mahal is arguably one of India’s premier tourist attractions, not to mention the importance it has in world history. We reckon that the palace built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memorial of his most-loved wife is one of the finest architectural marvels ever built.
Butter Chicken, Roti, Naan…well you get it; we’re referring to the food!
Some travelers might not be in love with Indian cuisine, but it truly is something that grows on you, and you’ll miss as soon as you set sail again, guaranteed! Make sure you sample some creamy curries in the north for a mild taste experience, or tantalize your taste buds with the flavor of coconut and rice (as well as a little more heat) in the south.
Because you’ll be able to get some holy water samples!
Running all the way from the northern Himalayas through the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges River is possibly the end all and be all of life in India. The river provides a means to make fishing possible, it sustains industry as well as architecture, and it’s also said to be a gateway for prayers to reach heaven! Go ahead and take a little dip in the water. It can either help you purify your soul, or in the worst case scenario, refresh you after a long day of exploring!
As you can see, there are probably a lot of reasons why you can comfortably skip the idea of visiting India anytime soon, but those reasons are blown to shards by the 9 amazing reasons we gave you to visit the captivating country of India in any way. We hope that you have enjoyed reading this post and that it has inspired you to start rethinking your next adventure’s destination!
About The Author
Dan, the Editor in Chief of True North Athletics, is an adventurer and digital nomad. He enjoys all outdoor sports and weekend getaways (plus a good golf tan). He currently lives in Brazil, and can be often found hiking the rain forests.