‘The cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech and the mother of all history’
These were the very words used by Mark Twain, a great scholar, to describe the great Republic of India or ‘Bharat Ganarajya’.
Its boundaries are of both land and waters which includes the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, and it shares its land borders with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
With a lavish combination of beliefs, practices and tradition all full of colour and vigour, this is a land that will leave you in awe with all the wonders that come along with it.
Tradition and culture aren’t the only diverse aspects of India; its landscapes are too. From the snow-tipped peaks of the Himalayan range to the golden shores of the more tropical Southern region, to the lush jungles alive with abundant wildlife, India has it all. Trekking up mountains while cherishing the air so full of the fragrance of pine, while feasting on the serene stretches of beautiful green, is not only going to be stimulating all your senses but also going to be so meditative and peaceful, all while you feel the blood rushing through your veins.
If the study of history and ancient civilizations is your forte, India’s will just blow you away. Dating back almost 5300 years, throughout centuries, many an empire and kingdom has arisen and fallen. Saga upon saga, Kings, Queens, battles and war, the chronicles of the great Hindustan live up to the definitions of bewitching and captivating. If grains could speak, the Indian soil which was home to bloodshed, warfare, treasures and so much more would be the best of all storytellers.
And oh the Indian cuisine! It cannot be emphasized enough, that is for certain. While travelling from one region to another, one thing you are sure to realize is how unique their recipes are in terms of flavour. A huge array of spices blended to perfection is their secret to the mouthwatering ‘thalis’ (platters) you get to enjoy in any part of this land. Their masterful marinating and preparation techniques, which at times takes not only hours but even days, gives the amazing end results that are ultimately going to leave your taste centres wanting for more. The fresh and sizzling street food, from delicious samosas to chilled kulfis to chole bhature (fried bread), is so tempting and ever so affordable, so make sure not to miss it for the world!
Given India’s massive land area along with its huge mix of tradition, landscape, activities and architecture, a prior planned travel itinerary would be priceless in order for you to gain the best experience with no time and money wasted. A few of the itineraries holding top popularity are the Golden Triangle & Land of the Kings covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. These cities combine to give spectacular sites with palaces and architecture that are absolutely jaw-dropping. Agra is home to the magnificent Taj Mahal which has exceptional grandeur that you will find yourself clicking pictures at every turn.
The Spiritual Center, another itinerary mostly popular among pilgrims, has bountiful temples and sites of worship, all with dignified history and dazzling colour. Amidst many frequently visited locations is the Bodhgaya where the Buddha attained enlightenment and Sanchi where Emperor Ashoka first welcomed Buddhism.
All in all, an enchanting mingle of magnificence, royalty and splendour is what makes up this amazing nation. A journey to this land will certainly leave you feeling like this isn’t the last trip you are going to make to India!