21 Reasons to Visit India

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Last updated: July 2, 2018

Want to visit India? It’s a vast country with endless cultural experiences, festivals and things to do, in fact, it’s one of the biggest countries in the world, and also home to over 1 billion people.

If you haven’t been to India already, let me present 25 reasons to Visit India!

Interesting culture

At first glance, it can be quite a cultural shock when you arrive. However, as time goes by you’ll learn to embrace the diverse culture because it’s very interesting and there are so many things that I can assure you haven’t seen before.

No matter what place you Visit in India, you can be sure of a strong and unique culture.

Incredibly cheap

If you come from Europe, The US or Australia you will think that India is not only incredible but also incredibly cheap. For example, you can have a full meal for under 1 Euro, try to find that back at home! Clothing, activities, transportation is also very cheap, as long as you go local.

Delicious food

Indian food is available all over the world, and most of you have probably tried a few Indian dishes. However, the difference is huge! While I do have eaten lots of Indian food around the world, nothing beats the “real deal”.

It’s not only delicious, the range is almost endless with regional dishes all over the country. The food is definitely one of the main reasons why you should visit India!

My favorite dishes that I tried during my trip through India were undoubtedly Rogan Josh, Dosa and Naan Bread (especially with garlic and cheese).

indian food

Majestic architecture

Do you appreciate architecture? Even if you don’t, I’m sure you’ll be amazed by the temples, forts, and various other buildings in India. The most famous one is, of course, the mighty Taj Mahal, which is also named as one of the Seven Wonders of the world.

But, there are many other man-made structures to admire when you visit India. Each region has stunning and unique architecture, but some of the best ones can be found in the region of Rajasthan.

Bollywood

Forget Hollywood, Bollywood is far more entertaining and colorful to watch. If you Visit India you might even see yourself in one of the movies. Several hundreds of movies are being produced each year, and if you go to Mumbai, it’s possible to audition for a Bollywood movie!

Wildlife

It’s not only the culture that is diverse, but also Wildlife with plenty of endemic species and some of our most beloved animals, such as Elephants and Tigers.

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However, I do want to emphasize an important thing to tourists. Don’t support Animals in captivity, they should roam freely, and please don’t ride Elephants or support captive Tigers. Instead, visit their natural habit and head on a Safari with an experienced guide!

It doesn’t cost a fortune, and then you can enjoy the animals in their real habitat. It’s magical and something I highly recommend if you visit India!

bengal tiger

History

Did you know that India is home to some of the oldest human civilizations? The history stretches far back in time, and lots of the old traditions, such as Ayurvedic medicine is still being used today.

If you like history, I suggest you visit India and explore the various heritage that can be found all over the country.

Yoga and mindfulness

India is a popular destination for youths and even older men and women who want to find themselves. So, why do they all seek to visit India to find themselves? The answer is quite simple.

Thanks to old spiritual techniques and beliefs, India is home to many life gurus and various meditation and yoga retreats, some of the best actually, so it’s no surprise that many soul searchers find their way here.

If you want to go on a spiritual journey, then Visit India!

The Chaos

Think everything sounds perfect so far? Well, India is much about everything, including the bad. You will see poor people, and I mean really poor people living in the streets. Cows are roaming freely, cars and rickshaws are everywhere, and yeah, there are people almost everywhere in the cities, but that is also the beauty of it.

And if you embrace the chaos and you will get a very genuine and memorable trip to India!

Holi Festival

Also known as the festival of colors is a colorful display where people throw color dust all over the place. Thousands of people gather to join the celebrations, and so should you!

Tea

Did you know that India produces some of the world’s best tea? Yes, that’s right. The Darjeeling region is world famous for its tea plantations, which are both gorgeous and offer delicious tea!

And, of course, the sweet Chai Tea, which has become a worldwide known tea. You might have tried it, but I promise that it’s even better here in India, and everyone drinks it. Chai tea is a daily ritual among many Indians.

tea plantation in india

Places to visit in India

So, you have got some reasons to visit India already, but there’s more.. 

Rajasthan

Home to the pink city Jaipur, the blue city Jodhpur and lots of other famous tourist attractions in India. Rajasthan is a must place to Visit in India and it houses a great amount of history and culture, just like the rest of India!

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Here below I’m standing in from of the famous Hawa Mahal in Jaipur!

hawa mahal tourism india

New Delhi

Delhi belly and chaos are two things that many tourists remember from New Delhi, but despite that, I think it’s worth a visit. We arrived here and were immediately experiencing a culture shock, despite the fact that we had been traveling already in Asia for nearly 3 months before visiting New Delhi.

In New Delhi, you can expect everything. Stunning architecture, LOTS of people, street food, CHEAP accommodation. We paid no more than 4 Euros for a private room in the backpacker area of Paharganj. It’s a very interesting destination that I think all world travelers should experience at least once!

Mumbai

Home to Bollywood and almost 20 million people makes it one of the biggest cities in the world. If you want to experience the city life of India I can highly recommend Mumbai. It’s a city that’s improving fast and it’s becoming more and more modern every day.

Taj Mahal

You probably already know about Taj Mahal, but it’s too majestic to be left out of this list of reasons to Visit India. I’ve seen lots of temples, churches, palaces, houses and modern buildings, but there is only one Taj Mahal, and the details are marvelous.

The fact that the city of Agra and Taj Mahal also inspired the famous Disney movie Aladdin, makes it even more epic!

taj mahal

Kerala

God’s own country, also known as Kerala. Famous for its Backwaters and wildlife in the dense jungles where tigers roam freely along with many other endemic species. If you like paradise beaches and nature, then Kerala is a must place to visit in India!

The people are super friendly as well, and many of them speak English very well. Another thing about Kerala is that it’s very romantic and you can, for example, rent a houseboat and just follow the streams of the Backwaters of Kerala.

Southern India also has lots of food dishes that are simply delicious!

houseboat kerala

Bangalore

The IT-city of India, home to many computer and software companies. It’s an interesting city because so many speak English just as good as you and me, thus inviting you to learn more about the Indian culture first hand. It’s also the third biggest city in India, so you can expect lots of people and lots of things to do!

It’s also the third biggest city in India, so you can expect lots of people and lots of things to do!

Varanasi

The holiest city of them all, and the place where the holiest river flows through – The Ganges. Varanasi is a very interesting destination where you get the experience culture and religion in abundance. Each day you can see people getting cremated and it seems like the fire and ashes never blow out in Varanasi.

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On top of that, you can meet holy men, and they are everywhere. Varanasi is also a popular place to go for those who visit India for spiritual practices such as meditation and yoga, and there are various retreats where you can stay and practice.

holy man varanasi

india tourism varanasi

Kashmir

Fancy hiking and beautiful scenery? Then head to the North, more specifically Kashmir! Known for its cotton and stunning views and mountains it’s a must place to visit in India!

There is also lots of culture and historic places to explore in the Kashmir region.

Goa

Longing for those paradise beaches, yoga retreats and some rehab for your soul? Goa has it all, including some great party spots! However, I do want to emphasize that you won’t experience the “real” India in Goa, but it’s well worth a visit!

And yes, cows roam freely in Goa too! Amazing, right?

visit goa in india

Kolkata

Color yourself in red in Durga Puja, an exciting festival in Kolkata where everyone gathers to join the celebrations! It’s an annual Hindu festival that occurs in September. The best time to Visit Kolkata besides during Durga Puja is from November to February!

Just as in other cities in India, Kolkata has lots of tourist attractions waiting to be discovered!

Rishikesh

Another spiritual place in India where many people seek guidance and yoga/meditation retreats. Rishikesh is a lovely place to go when you visit India. Cleanse your soul and learn something from within here in Rishikesh, and take the lessons with you for the rest of your life!


Summary – Visit India

So, there you go! 21 reasons to visit India, and if you were hesitating before, I hope you’re going to book your next trip to India already! Because it’s a destination that I think every traveler should visit at some point!

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Please remember as well that India is a large country, and there are countless of more reasons to visit India and places that are worth traveling to. This is merely a fraction of everything that India has to offer!

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If you have some more tips yourself why people should visit India, please share in the comment section. 

March 5th, 2017|

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16 Comments

  1. Nidhi 03/06/2017 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Hi, Nice article. Just a correction, saying naan bread or chai tea is like saying the same thing twice! Chai means tea in Hindi and naan is a form of flatbread. It’s the same as saying baguette bread! So, you can just say naan and chai.

    • Alexander Waltner 03/06/2017 at 1:10 am - Reply

      Thank you! I didn’t know that, interesting. But I think I will keep it as Naan Bread and Chai tea still in the article, because it will be easier for most of my readers to understand. But it’s really great that you pointed it out clearly!

  2. Dale Bhagwagar 03/06/2017 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Wow, Alex. What a lovely descriptive article. Normally, people who visit India from abroad are skeptical about many aspects. But you have dealt with the same points in such a beautiful manner in your piece. I really felt nice reading it. Thank you for making my day :):)

    • Alexander Waltner 03/06/2017 at 1:09 am - Reply

      Thanks! Yes, there is much about India in Media, not all good, so it’s easy to get skeptical. However, all countries have their issues, but I feel that India is going toward a brighter future and there’s a beauty to experience it :) I’m glad you liked my article!

  3. aniket 03/06/2017 at 2:02 am - Reply

    Beautiful And Thoughtful as well, Thanks Alex

  4. Lakshmi Sharath 03/07/2017 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Nice post..I would also add Chennai as that’s the gateway to South India…so come soon..:)

  5. Sandeepa 03/07/2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Wow! Nice one Alexander.
    However, i would like to mention two places I can think of right now, which are beautiful as well
    1. Leh, Ladakh.
    2. Run of Kutch, Gujarat

  6. Suganya Balasubramanian 03/11/2017 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Such a feel good article! Thank you for posting it. Next time, do visit Tamil Nadu. I could see you had missed out that in your visit. I assure you it will be fantastic.

    • Alexander Waltner 03/12/2017 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you, glad you liked it! Yes I’ve heard good things about Tamil Nadu, but I haven’t been there yet.

  7. ART214 07/01/2017 at 1:26 am - Reply

    Good article! Let me first of all congratulate you on following your dream of travelling the world! I live in Canada, and am currently sitting in my desk at my boring 9-5 job and desperately wish I could do the same. Good for you!
    I visited India a couple years ago for the first time. I got sooo much negativity before my trip, all from people who had never been there but seemed to know everything. Of course they only believed the negative stuff portrayed in the media. I am glad I didn’t listen because I saw and experienced some amazing things. Yes, there is the poverty, social problems, etc. that certainly cannot be glossed over. But to step out of your comfort zone and experience all the beauty and richness a place has to offer is amazing.

  8. Rabi 03/18/2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

    hey , there is one more place , which is filled with foreigners.
    Andaman islands . Try the clean water , awesome people and thieves free lands of Havelock islands

  9. Desire Dupper 09/01/2018 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Hi Alex

    I’m currently living in South East Asia, but I’m South African. I’m traveling to India next week. I have received so much negativity from people when they heard I was going to India that it actually started to make me a little nervous.

    Thanks for your insightful article, it added to my excitement despite the opinions of others.

    Wishing you all the best on your adventures

    • Alexander Waltner 09/01/2018 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Hi Desire,

      I encountered the same thing before I went there, and a lot of the things were true. But if you know about the problems and issues in India, you won’t have to deal with it. For example, there will be people who will try to trick you, and in India, there are more of these people than other countries because 1, it’s a huge country, and 2, it’s very different than other countries, so tourists will be easier to trick.

      However, this is just a small minority, but these people approach tourists because they make good money from it. But don’t worry, India is not all bad, quite the contrary. As said, when you know about the bad things, it’s easier to appreciate the good things. And there are so much to see, and a lot of nice people, good food and diverse culture to experience!

      You will also learn a lot about yourself, the world and traveling in general. If you have any questions, let me know and I’m happy to answer if it can help :)

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