10 Reasons Why You Need to Travel to India This Year

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Few countries in the world carve such a deep, lasting impression on a traveller as India does. Sitting upon layers upon layers of history, there is perhaps no other country on Earth that is home to such marked contrasts as India is. India overloads the senses with its cacophony of sounds, its vibrant colours and its extreme contradictions. A trip to India is full of the unexpected but one thing’s certain: you won’t return home quite the same after the adventure!

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

10 Reasons Why You Need to Travel to India This Year

1. The people

The local people in India, particularly in the rural areas, are some of the kindest and most hospitable people I’ve encountered in all of my travels. Whether you’re invited into a local’s home for a traditional meal or just simply wander the streets and encounter children playing, you’ll surely be touched by the warmth of the locals.


2. The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, is the most iconic symbol of India and is, arguably, the most famous monument in the world. Built by the Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his favourite wife, this ‘teardrop on the face of eternity’ is widely considered one of the most beautiful architectural wonders ever created. A visit to this marble mausoleum needs to be on every traveller’s list.


3. The food

The food alone is reason enough to travel to India — I sampled some of the most delicious food I have ever tasted during my travels there. Indians take their food very seriously and the cuisine, just like the country itself, is incredibly diverse.

In the North, you’ll taste lots of thick, creamy curries that are moderately spicy. My favourites include mutton rogan josh, parathas and tandoori chicken. The food in the north is heavily influenced by Persian and Mughlai styles of cooking. Southern Indian cuisine is commonly characterised by the use of ingredients such as coconut, seafood and rice and is spicier than food in the north. My favourite southern dishes were the masala dosas and fish coconut curries. Vegetarians are also well catered for in India, due to the large proportion of Hindus who are vegetarian.


4. The holiest river in the world

The Ganges River runs 2,525 km from the northern Himalayas all the way to the Bay of Bengal. It is much more than a river to the one billion Hindus in India and beyond, however. It is their lifeblood. Not only does it provide sustenance in the form of fishing, industry and agriculture, it is also believed to transport the prayers of believers to heaven and a dip in the river is said to purify the soul. Many observant Hindus make a pilgrimage to Varanasi, India’s oldest city, to participate in ceremonies or to cremate the dead along the banks of the Ganges. Hindus believe that if the ashes are washed away in the river, the soul is guaranteed to be transported to heaven and will escape the cycle of rebirth.


5. Rajasthan

The province of Rajasthan in the north of India conjures up images Maharajas and Moguls, of majestic forts and opulent palaces. It is said that there is more history in Rajasthan than all of India combined. This is a land of camels, precious jewels and stretching desert landscapes.


6. The beaches

India’s palm-fringed southern beaches are the ideal escape from the frenetic pace of the north. While many of the popular beach destinations in Goa are now crowded, the state’s southern, more remote beaches are quiet and more pristine. My favourites are Agonda and Palolem, about 90 minutes south of Goa’s airport.


7. The chaos

Embracing the chaos is an important part of any trip to India! There will be endless traffic jams, crowded streets, delays, incessant honking of horns, swerving motorbikes and rickshaws and many invasions of personal space. Learning to relax, going with the flow and being at peace with things happening on ‘Indian time’ will facilitate a much deeper understanding of the nation and culture.


8. Religion and spirituality

In India, religion and spirituality are intricately intertwined with everyday life. India is home to all of the major religions of the world and is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Observing the local people engaging in their daily rituals is a profoundly intimate experience. Many people also come to india to find spirituality, practising yoga or attending a meditation retreat in an ashram.


9. The history and architecture

India is an exceptionally beautiful and architecturally diverse country filled with forts, palaces, mosques, temples, monuments and ancient ruins. Home to the world’s oldest civilisation, the architecture of India is rooted in its history, religion and culture. Architectural styles have evolved under the influence of countless dynasties as well as the colonial period. There are currently 32 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites across the nation, making India a treasure trove for history buffs and design enthusiasts.


10. The adventure

No matter where you travel to in India, a keen sense of adventure follows you everywhere you go. Whether you’re riding around the southern beaches of Goa on a Royal Enfield, trekking snow-capped mountains in the north, attempting to spot Bengal tigers and Indian elephants in the wild, or even just navigating the chaotic streets of Delhi, travelling to India is one big adventure!


Have you travelled to India? What were your favourite things about it? Join the conversation below.

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    September 5, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Guys , am Indian and from aurangabad Maharashtra , near my city there is ajanta and verul caves , (every time its listed on wonder 7 but didn’t make it in list ) so also look for caves when you visit India , its beautiful ,just Google it , and also we have bibi ka maqbata (copy of taj :p )
    And really thanks for all positive thinking of my country !

    And visiting local area, get local area friend

    June 29, 2015 at 5:24 am

    hey hii i am from india and living in USA, if u are interested to travel in india i will help u and take u. I am planning to visit in december.

    May 29, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I made it to India earlier this year and agree with many of the things here. I wouldn’t want to go in the summer, it was quite hot enough in February/ March. I only did around the Golden Triangle, next time I would like to make it further south.

    May 18, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Ahh India is definitely next on my list to travel too!

    May 18, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Nice list you’ve compiled. India is on my list of places to travel. Friends who’ve either traveled or lived there have great things to say. Thanks for sharing.

    Priyanka Gogoi
    May 17, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Hi… loved that you covered India! Do try the Konkan beaches on the West and the Leh-Ladakh trail (Himalayas) next time. I am sure you will love it. By the way, my husband was reading an article about you at Dailymail last night and I just went “I know the traveler!!” like you are an old friend. 🙂 Lots of love, PG

    May 17, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I am from Mumbai(Bombay) and I believe people have got the wrong idea about rape and Indian Men. It’s the social media making a hype. India is a beautiful country and do visit the capital Delhi and Commercial Capital of India (Mumbai). Safety for woman is a lot taken under consideration by each and every person in India

      May 17, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Another word of advice! While visiting India just don’t talk with the vendors and locals with a friendly manner they consider it as flirting! Just be to the point and you can go your way!

    May 17, 2015 at 1:22 am

    I really want to go, it’s been on my list for a while. I’m just a bit apprehensive to go there as a solo-female, but hearing stories like yours is always reassuring!


    May 17, 2015 at 1:16 am

    I love it. I really want to go to India some time ♥
    Thank you for this list 🙂

    Tjaart Herbst
    May 16, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    India is a wonderful country. The architecture and history is amazing and therefore I would like to go back. Too many things to see in a short period of time.
    If I could get a job there, it would make travelling so much easier 😉

    A Life Passport
    May 16, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    The amazing food alone is enough to get me there – everything else is an added bonus! I’d love to do a big foodie/yoga hybrid trip around India one day.

    JB & Renee
    May 16, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Indian food is one of my favortie cuisines so I’ve always wanted to visit. My wife doesn’t want to go though, and I can’t say I blame her. She’s worried for her safety after reading all those stories of rape on social media. Not sure if it’s fair to compartmentalize an entire country like that, but those stories have made me take pause.

    el armario de la nena
    May 16, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I would love to visit this country some day!

    Andrea @ GreenAndTurquoise
    May 16, 2015 at 7:16 am

    It’s been my dream to visit India ever since I was a little girl! I have always wanted to see the beauty of the Taj Mahal and experience the Indian culture. Definitely my number #1 destination on my travel bucket list!
    Great post Brooke!

    Saakshi Kumar
    May 16, 2015 at 2:44 am

    I was just wondering if you visited Bangalore in South India. Oone of the best cities in India, I can say. 🙂

    May 16, 2015 at 2:31 am

    I haven’t been to India yet, but I am dying to visit! It seems like such a diverse country with endless things to do, and your list makes me want to travel to India even more! 🙂

    May 16, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Hey Brooke, I’m from India and the reasons you’ve given are too good to make anyone travel to India! I’m a budding traveler and your blogs really motivate me to travel, travel and travel. Thanks a lot 🙂

    Brittany Stopa
    May 15, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Well said, I couldn’t agree more! These are all the reasons I wanted to go to India and loved being there!

    May 15, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I had the amazing opportunity to travel to India and through it for 2 weeks. That country is amazing and it really stole my heart, I must say that my favourite city would be Jaipur but the view of the Taj Mahal was something you see once in your lifetime, so beautiful.

    Andrea Petersen
    May 15, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Absolutely beautiful post, and stunning pictures. My boyfriend is half Indian and I simply cannot wait to visit! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    May 15, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Fantastic reasons. I haven’t been to India in a few years…time to go back!

    May 15, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Great post! India is high on my travel list. Did you travel independently or with a tour?

    May 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I would love to go to India but I’m very hesitant about the idea of travelling there by myself as a single woman. All my trips so have been to western countries with other people. Mostly the safety factor is what is worrying me. But it looks like an amazing place to discover.

      Saakshi Kumar
      May 16, 2015 at 2:40 am

      I am suggesting this to you as an Indian girl, that it’s absolutely safe to travel in India just like anyother country. 🙂 Every other country in this world have their issues, but I can assure you that you can safely travel around.

      May 16, 2015 at 9:55 am

      I travelled alone in India for a month last year, including to some extremely non-touristy parts of the state of Gujarat. I had no problems at all. The locals are super friendly and concerned about women travelling alone rather than trying to take advantage of this fact. Ignore what you read in the news, get yourself over there!

    Julia Kim Murphy
    May 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I really want to go to India, Taj Mahal and the food !!!! Those two – big seller for me 😀

    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    May 15, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I’m dying to go to India. Torn about whether to do India for my winter holiday, or Israel, Jordan and Egypt. Decisions, decisions!

    May 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Ugh looks amazing! Everything looks so carefully detailed there
    XO Janina

    May 15, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I love India, great post thank you! After I finish work in 3 years I plan to go to India for some months!

    Love from Germany xo
    Jasmin from

    Nicola Easterby
    May 15, 2015 at 9:09 am

    India is so high up on my list! It looks like the most beautifully colorful place to photograph as well. I loved Nepal and I think I would equally love India!

    Vanessa Wood
    May 15, 2015 at 8:33 am

    i really enjoyed your blog post about India. I myself wrote about wanting to travel to India (on my blog at and what all I want to see and do. What a mystical, beautiful, and awe-inspiring place it must be! I only hope to get there one day to see its beauty first hand! Thanks!

    May 15, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I’m not a fan of Indian food but I would go for the architecture and the history.


    May 15, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Let’s not forget number 11!! 🙂 They have the highest rate of abuse against women and lack of rights for women of anywhere in the world. India is just so amazing. /s

    May 15, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Indian is definitely on my bucket list. My fiancee is Indian so we plan to go there someday and explore after we get married. There are so many things to see and do there! Love your photos 🙂

    Emily Thompson
    May 15, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Would love to visit India! My Dad was just there last October, but he went without me! I’m definitely going the next time I get a chance! It sounds absolutely breathtaking.

    May 15, 2015 at 6:24 am

    I absolutely LOVED my time in India! I agree with you, the people and the food make India wonderful. Your post makes me want to go back!

    May 15, 2015 at 5:42 am

    India is an incredible country based on what I’ve read and seen. Hopefully someday I will visit 😀 Thank you for sharing!

    May 15, 2015 at 5:31 am

    I would like to go to India specially for tea!! In this beautiful country there is the best tea for me! Tea and Taj Mahal are the main things that I would visit in India


    Tina & Adriano
    May 15, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Great post Rachel. We are planning a trip to India next year, so this tips come quite handy.

    May 15, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Ive just blogged about my Goan adventures and food if you want to check it out.

    May 15, 2015 at 4:40 am

    One reason not to travel to India – the way they treat women!

    May 15, 2015 at 4:36 am

    These pictures are so beautiful! This post really makes me want to visit India as soon as possible. It just seems like such a beautiful country.

    May 15, 2015 at 4:30 am

    I love their cuisine,I love their culture…their music…..I love everything about India!!!!!!!
    It’s my No 1 destination in my travel bucket list!!!!!

    Karen Farber
    May 15, 2015 at 4:13 am

    India is definitely on my bucket list! I remember reading about the Taj Mahal when I was very little and since that day I’ve wanted to see it in person. I used to keep a picture of it on the wall by my bed, and would tell my parents that I wanted to move there lol India looks like an amazing adventure! And the chaotic streets remind me of home – Lima, Peru!

    May 15, 2015 at 3:52 am

    India is amazing! It’s like an entirely different world.
    Rajasthan is an absolute must. Some of the forts are nearly as beautiful as the Taj Mahal.
    The Chai would be the eleventh reason to visit India 😉
    Chai in India itself is nicer and more tasteful than anywhere else in the world.

    X Sheila

    Saakshi Kumar
    May 15, 2015 at 3:38 am

    I always pride on being an Indian and after reading your post, I feel a lot more blessed to be born in the country of diversity. 🙂
    Beautifully described.