India fires the imagination and stirs the soul like no other place on earth, bristling with a mind stirring mix of landscapes and cultural traditions. Your journey through India, no matter how fleeting, will blaze in your memory long after you have left its shores.
The country is beautiful, but the people are even more beautiful. The diversity among the people here is unlike anything you have experienced before. There are so many different religions, dialects of the Hindi language and so many unique customs and traditions. The people are kind, hospitable and genuinely accepting.
Famously chaotic, India doesn’t have to be intimidating.
True, the big cities can be bedlam and the markets border on feverish, but there is bounty of laid back charms to explore too, from palm fringed beaches and tranquil backwaters to sweep deserts, snow-brushed mountains and lush green tea plantations there is lot that will most definitely tickle your travel bone and remind you of their overseas counterparts.
Natural Beauty abounds, but man made gems also dot the land.
India is history of one of the world’s most epic tales, and it has carved its incredible, indelible mark throughout the sub-continent. With its atmospheric forts and temples, hidden deep within the forest, fortresses rise from the desert, and palaces, mausoleums and more line the banks of the holy river that feed India deeply scared essence.
Spirituality is the common thread that weaves its way through India.
The multitude of sacred sites and time-honored rituals are testament to the country’s long, colourful, and sometimes tumultuous, religious history. And then there are the festivals! India hosts some of the world’s most spectacular devotional celebrations, from formidable city parades celebrating auspicious events on the religious calendar to simple harvest fairs that pay homage to a locally worshipped deity.
Religion is alive and thriving. It’s woven into almost every aspect of daily life and it enrich your experiences at every turn. Follow pilgrims on a temple trail, place on offering on a road side shrine, smell wafts of incense and feel the well worn stone of the temple floor beneath your bare feet.
Nourishment of a different nature awaits you at restaurant tables everywhere.
You will jump on board one of the wildest culinary trips of your travelling life. The food here is excellent and staff is very friendly and helpful. You really get value for money. Frying, simmering, sizzling, kneading, roasting and flipping a deliciously diverse repertoire of dishes, festing your way through the subcontinent is sure a trip to rembember. Prepare yourself to dive into a world of spice-packed, flavour and fragrance rich Indian food. From paneer makhni to Kerala-styled prawns, from mutton roganjosh to Parsi eggs, dhansak masala, panch phoron, garam masala, chicken tikka masala and many more.
India is indeed a feast of opportunities.
Even on a short trip you can go surprisingly in depth and experience a remarkable range of wonders. Just try not to fit too much onto your plate. Its more rewarding to experience a small amount more fully, so slowdown, relax and above all enjoy the phenomenon that is India.