Why You Should Experience India


By Somnath Roy, TravelCrusade.org


Travel writer Somnath Roy, publisher of TravelCrusade.org, talks about travel in India, from the Himalayas to the Taj Mahal and tea in Darjeeling, along with its colorful festivals, delectable cuisine, national parks and scenic wonders on Big Blend Radio.


India has seen a considerable influx of tourism in recent years – deservedly, as it truly is one of the most wondrous, interesting and beautiful countries in the world, let alone Asia. If you’re travelling for the first time and looking for the best destination to ease you in, India is a good place to consider, and here are a few reasons why.

It’s full of natural beauty
India’s natural splendor is evident throughout. From the northern Himalayan region to southern Kerala and its luscious tropical settings, the natural climate is both diverse and stunning wherever you go.

The Himalayas are arguably one of India’s biggest draws – understandably, with the mountain range being home to some of the world’s biggest peaks, including Mount Everest (despite it being in Nepal and not India). You’ll find some incredible scenery hidden in the midst of the mountains too, with Darjeeling being just one of them. Here you can ride the Toy Train up to the hill station to discover a secluded town and get one of the world’s best cups of tea.

The destinations are diverse
It all comes down to what you’re looking for from your trip – do you crave the bustle of a big city? If so, head to Delhi. The country’s capital is teeming with vibrant energy, and is full to the brim with things to do and see. From the history of the Red Fort to the technological hub of Gurugram, there’s a diversity in the city that cannot be beaten.

However, quieter regions such as Kalimpong and Lucknow are often overlooked by travellers in favour of the better-known and more popular towns and cities. Consider heading off-the-beaten-track to discover a secret escape with its authenticity intact.

  • Deer in Bandhavgarh National Park
    Deer in Bandhavgarh National Park

Culture and history are prevalent
From the sights of the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, to the homestays on offer throughout the country, there are plenty of ways to get your cultural fill whilst you’re here. The latter idea is best executed in Kerala, an underrated town by all means. Homestays are the perfect way to get an authentic insight into the Indian ways of life, with families opening their doors for travellers to come in and integrate.

Homestays allow you to experience something in a different way, with the locals being some of the most accommodating and welcoming you’ll ever meet. Learn how to cook traditional Indian food and share stories through the evening, and you’ll soon forget you’re a temporary visitor.

The food is spectacular
In India you’ll taste some of the best food you’ve ever had. The dishes here are often divine and delectable, and rich in flavour and fragrance like no other cuisine in the world. Your best chance at grabbing an authentic plate is at the street stalls in one of the country’s major cities – Delhi in particular is where you’ll find some of the best. From paneer to curry, parathas to desserts, you’ll find it all along the streets of Delhi.

Parathas in particular are popular for their diversity, whether you want it as an accompaniment to a hearty main meal or as a solitary snack. Street food is quick, affordable and always tasty.

Its sights are some of the best in the world
Whether you’re seeing one of India’s most popular sights, such as the Taj Mahal or the river of Ganges, or even somewhere a bit less developed – the Great Wall of India is an up-and-coming destination for the adventurous traveller – there’s no doubt you’ll discover something spectacular, whether you’re seeking it or not.

If you do choose to visit the Taj Mahal, make sure you get there early to avoid the biggest crowds, whilst also getting a view of the majestic mausoleum glowing at sunrise. Pictures do not do it justice – you simply need to see it for yourself.

There are (perhaps surprisingly) great safari opportunities
If you are seeking an adventure from your Indian getaway, why not join a safari? India’s national parks boast incredible opportunities to spot wildlife – it’s actually the only country in the world where you can witness tigers and lions co-existing in the wild. Add to that elephants, majestic birds, rhinos, leopards and bears to name a few, and you’ll be set for an experience unlike any other in the world. Consider Bandhavgarh or Ranthambore for perhaps the best parks of all!

Somnath is an avid traveller, photo and travel journalist, and solo backpacker with interest in writing, photography, gardening and mountaineering. He has travelled to most Asian countries and some amazing offbeat destinations around the world and places of natural interest. He takes pride in working with leading brands, publishers, press and international organizations including the Internatinal Food Wine & Travel Writers Association. He started the travel journal www.TravelCrusade.org in 2016 with an aim to promote destinations, travel values, cultural differences prevailing in different states and countries, and to know the world better. He dedicates this website to all people passionate about traveling and to wake up the wanderlust present inside all of us.

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