India Travel: Travel to the Land of Diversity and Tradition

S C H O O L. Sri Sailam (Photo credit: Claude Renault)

India is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. This is not surprising since the country has something to offer to everybody. It is a sub-continent, which means that it has all features that make a typical continent. Therefore, with India travel, you would find cold deserts as well as hot deserts, long rivers as well as large lakes and waterfalls and high mountains as well as beautiful beaches. Along with these, there are also forests, hill-stations, rural towns and villages, modern cities, wildlife parks, etc. So much of diversity within one country means that no matter what kind of traveler you are, you would find enough places in India to satisfy your hunger for more.

P R A Y I N G madurai (Photo credit: Claude Renault)

The perception about India, especially in the western countries, is that India is an exotic and mysterious place. However, this is not true. India is literally a conglomeration of very different cultures and people, so while you would find places in the country that you would be tempted to term ‘exotic’, not the whole of India is like that. There are a number of modern cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, etc, in the country as well that have large shopping malls, high-rises, corporate houses, wide roads, big parks, multiplexes, schools and famous colleges, etc. So, before you begin your India travel, make sure to leave behind your oriental baggage and age-old prejudices.

woman in red sari, red fort (Photo credit: Een Ar)

Some popular tourist destinations in the country are the Taj Mahal in the city of Agra, the pink city of Jaipur, the holy ghosts of Banaras, the many monuments in the capital city of New Delhi, backwaters of the southern states, tiger and lion reserves, the beaches of Goa and the Himalayas and hill-stations of the north. Due to such a diversity of destinations, one would have to spend months in India to be able see and appreciate everything. However, if you do not have that much of time, you should explore what all India has to offer and decide the places of your visit depending upon your interest and preferences.

Gadancha Raja, Rajancha Gad (Photo credit: rohit gowaikar)

The kind of clothes and other travel accessories you should pack would depend on the places you plan to visit and the month in which you are visiting. Your travel agent would be able to tell you about this precisely, so make sure to ask him. In general, you should remember that Indians largely are a conservative lot, so make sure to dress appropriately and behave accordingly.

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In addition to being a bit conservative, Indians are also warm, hospitable, welcoming and friendly people, who place their guests in high regard. Moreover, if you make an attempt to adopt and appreciate their unique culture, they would welcome you with even wider open arms. A large number of people in India can speak in English, so communication should not be an issue if you decide to peruse India travel.

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Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) Amritsar, Punjab, INDIA (Photo credit: voobie)
Young Boy Having a Rest, Varanasi India (Photo credit: Lyle Vincent)
Kovalam Beach, Kerala (Photo credit: Mehul Antani)
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