I would like you to forgo all negativity and visit with an open mind if you have chosen India as your travel destination. With her architectural wonders that can rival the Pisa, breath-taking landscapes that would make a photographer weep with joy and beautiful people (most of them anyway) with traditional values, India has so much to offer.
These are 05 things that I appreciate most about India.
1. Firm Beliefs Defining A Beautiful Culture
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” Joseph Campbell
Do you know that 4 of the world’s major religious traditions derived from India? They are namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Although I am not a very religious person, I found myself being greatly appreciative of India’s firm beliefs – as there is a form of beauty in pure devotion. From my trip, I learnt that each day of a week is dedicated to a particular god in the Hindu pantheon. The depth of each religion is infinite and what transpires is a beautiful heritage and unique culture. The Ganges is the perfect example. Millions flock to the Ganges River (Varanasi) for they believe the water to be holy. In fact, I was told that devotees often migrate to stay by the river during the final stage of their lives so that they can pass on blissfully. I maintain a neutral stand but indeed, there’s something special in the air of Varanasi and I would love to return one day.
2. Love For Mother Nature & Her Creations
(Taken at various parts of India dated Sept 2011)
While others might find it a nuisance or extremely unhygienic, I personally respect the locals for sharing their roads with the animals (although it might be due to a lack of choice). One afternoon, our driver in Kashmir brought us to a secret spot within the mountains for a picnic lunch.
It was a scenery to die for. The scenery was magnificent. He told us he have been bringing visitors to this spot for the past 30 years and guess what? The scenery has remained unchanged (except during different seasons). Speaking with the locals, I discovered their love for Mother Nature and her creations.
3. Rich Food That Remains Appealing
Some people might have an aversion towards Indian cuisine and there are others who deemed food in India to be unhygienic. During my 2-week trip, I travelled to 4 states touring 6 cities and 2 towns. The fact that I did not get tired of the same cuisine plus the absence of an upset stomach should speak VOLUMES. Truth to be told, I couldn’t have enough of naans, curry and samosas among other wonderful dishes! Upon my return, I constantly misses the Kashmiri apple and masala chai (tea).
Unfortunately, the weighing machine started to show its displeasure by tipping right. 😦
4. The Beauty of English Language & Affordable Books!
Many have the misconception and a fear of language barrier prior to choosing India as a travel destination. You might be right, but this probably applies only to rural villages. Even then, you might be surprised by the shy villagers who know basic English greetings and useful words such as “money, money!”. Standard Hindi and English are the official languages of the Central Government of Republic of India. While there are some who (childishly) mock Indians for their (sometimes) thick accents, I have always respected and appreciated India’s expertise in the English language. Many great poets and notable English literature works originated from India. Imagine my delight (am a nerd) at finding good and affordable books in this vast country where car journey
are often long resembles the length of a Lord of the Ring trilogy.
5. Magnificent Architectures & Mind-Boggling History
Rather than boring you with details of the much-talked-about Taj Mahal (although it is indeed beautiful), I would like to acknowledge OTHER beautiful architectures in India. In fact, my favourite structure along this trip is the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur! Besides being awed by the age-old beautiful architecture, mind-boggling history shared by our impressive guides eventually induced us into ooh-ahhings dummies (or perhaps it’s just me). I could not help but to think India is a great alternative to Europe! Apparently, I am not the only one to think so, as my travelling buddy echoed my thoughts during one of our day tours. Immersing in the beautiful architecture and rich history (not to mention breath-taking landscape), its not difficult for me to fall in love with this colorful place.
From Me to You:
A Simple Reference Guide For Your Travel In India
- Northern India
- 09 Must-Know Travel Tips To Enjoy Your India Trip
- Experience North India in 13 Days (PDF Itinerary by KaZ)
(Involving 6 cities & 2 towns in 4 states by plane, rail, car and boat travel!)
- Personal List of Things to Bring When Travelling To India (PDF)
(Includes free space for you to add additional items!)