There are hardly any countries in the world that leave such an impactful, lasting, forever type of impression on a traveler as India does. India simply grabs you by the collar and pulls you in for a deep, soul-satisfying, toe-curling kiss the memory of which will burn forever in your mind.
With layers of history, wrapped in diverse cultures, vibrant colors and such a cacophony of sounds that your senses are overwhelmed by the sheer contrast and contradictions of everything, India is truly a treat for the senses.
Whether it‘s the Indian mountains that call your name, or the sun-kissed beaches, or the backwaters of Kerala, or the wildlife expeditions, or maybe you’re hooked in by the secluded romantic islands or yearn for an adventurous holiday, India has all this and so much more.
The multi-culture cuisines can leave even the most sophisticated foodies satiated with food that is as exotic as it can get.
Come to India, and tickle your tastebuds with chicken tikka masala in Lucknow, rogan josh in Kashmir, malai kofta with tandoori butter naan in Delhi, and mutton biryani in Hyderabad.
And while you’re gorging on the divine food, take a look at the rich cultures surrounding you, and the exotic architecture that is hundreds of years old. Be humbled by the warmth and the largeness of this country that envelopes one and all with a soft smile.
Want to visit India?
Here are some interesting facts about this sub-continent that homes over 1 billion people. This will whet your appetite for your travel plans.
- Guess who was one of the richest persons in history? The last Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan Siddiqi, who was featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1937 as the 5th wealthiest man in history.
- Though Hindi and English are the official languages of India, 17 other languages are also recognized by the government. There are 1652 dialects that are also spoken in the country, apart from these languages.
- The Indian economy is termed as one of the fastest growing economies in the entire world, as consumer spending will reach $3.6 trillion in 2020.
- The Guinness World Records states that India ranks number 3, behind the US and the UK, in the highest number of claims made each year.
- It was one of the richest countries in the world until the British invasion in the early 17th century.
- In fact, the Mughal empire was the world’s wealthiest and most powerful empire (besides China) at one point in history.
- The number system was invented in India. The famous Indian scientist Aryabhatta invented the digit zero.
- Chess was also invented in India. It was originally called Chaturanga in Sanskrit, which meant 4 members of an army. The army would be elephants, horses, chariots and foot soldiers aka the pawns.
- India is the 6th largest country in the world, the biggest democracy, as well as one of the oldest civilizations to date.
- India has a spa especially for elephants in Kerala where they are given elaborate spa treatments annually.
- The country has over 300,000 mosques which are more than the Muslim world.
- It is also the largest exporter of computer software products in the whole world.
- India has a floating post office which is situated on the Dal Lake in Srinagar. It even has a small museum and a souvenir shop that sells postage stamps.
- 70% of the world’s spices come from the land of Mughals.
- Before 1986, India was the only place in the world where diamonds were found.
- The slogan ‘Jai Hind’ was coined by General Abid of the Indian National Army.
- Over a million Indians are millionaires, yet most Indians survive on just $2 a day.
- Islam is India’s world’s second largest religion, which was also the religion of the Mughals.
- This sub-continent is also the world‘s largest banana and tea producer. Chai tea anyone?
- In over a 100,000 years of the world‘s history, there has never been an invasion by India in any other country.
- The country of spices also tops the list as the world‘s number 1 producer of vegetarian cheese.
- There is no other country that buys more gold than India.