Hire a local photographer. Available In 100+ countries.

10 reasons why you need to travel to India this year Few countries in the world have left such a deep, lasting impression on a traveler, as India does. Sitting on the layers of history, there is perhaps no other country on earth that is home to such marked contradictions as India. India overloads the senses with its sounds, its vibrant colors and its extreme contrasts. The journey to India is unexpected, but one thing is certain: You have made a big comeback after the adventure; There are some parts of the world that, after seeing once, get into your heart and do not go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its succulent beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, focused intensity of its colors, smells, tastes and sounds. After seeing the world in black and white and being face to face with India, it was reintroduced into the brilliant Technicolor.

Photo by Alka Jha / Unsplash

1. people

The local people in India, especially in rural areas, are some of the kindest and most hospitable people I have encountered in all my travels. Whether you are invited to a local house for a traditional meal or simply wandering the streets and playing with children, you will definitely have a warm touch from the locals.

Entering the Taj Mahal at the sunriseā€¦ The view was breathtaking!
Photo by Julian Yu / Unsplash

2. TAJ MAHAL

The Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, is the most iconic symbol of India and the most famous monument in the world. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his favorite wife, this "teardrop on the face of eternity" is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful architectural wonders. A visit to this marble mausoleum should be on every traveler's list.

A woman serving Pooris
Photo by Ashwini Chaudhary / Unsplash

3. The Food

Food alone is enough to travel to India - I tasted the most delicious food ever during my trip. Indians take their food very seriously and the food, like that of the country, is incredibly diverse. In the north, you will taste very thick, creamy curries that are moderately spicy. My favorites include mutton rogan josh, parathe and tandoori chicken. Food in the north is strongly influenced by Persian and Mughlai styles of cooking. Southern Indian cuisine is typically characterized by the use of ingredients such as coconut, seafood and rice and is more spicy than food in the north. My favorite Southern dishes were Masala Dosa and Fish Coconut Curry. Vegetarians are also well reared in India due to the large proportion of vegetarians who are vegetarians.

Way to Enlightenment
Photo by Mohit Gupta / Unsplash

4. The holiest river in the world

The Ganges River runs 2,525 km from the northern Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. It is very much a river for a billion Hindus in India and beyond. This is his life-time. Not only does it provide sustenance in the form of fishing, industry and agriculture, but it is also believed that the prayers of believers are taken to heaven and asked to purify the soul by taking a dip in the river. Many devotees from India's oldest city of Varanasi undertake pilgrimages, to attend ceremonies or to cremate the dead on the banks of the Ganges. Hindus believe that if the ashes are washed in the river, the soul is guaranteed to be taken to heaven and will survive the cycle of rebirth.

Beautiful morning on the top of Bahubali hills.
Photo by Sumit Sharma / Unsplash

5. Rajasthan

The province of Rajasthan in the north of India blends images of royal forts and grand palaces to the Maharajas and Moguls. It is said that Rajasthan has more history than United India. It is a country of camels, precious gems and a sprawling desert landscape.

GOA
Photo by alexey turenkov / Unsplash

6. BEACHES

India's palm-fringed southern beaches are an ideal getaway from the frenzied pace of the north. While many of Goa's popular beach destinations are now crowded, the state's southern, more remote beaches are quieter and more pristine. My favorites are Agonda and Palolem, which is about 90 minutes from Goa's airport.

Controlled Chaos
Photo by Atharva Tulsi / Unsplash

7. CHAOS

Embracing anarchy is an important part of any trip to India! There will be endless traffic jams, congested roads, delays, frequent honking of horns, rolling motorbikes and rickshaws and multiple invasions of personal space. Learning to relax, go with the flow and be at peace with the things happening on 'Indian time' is a very deep understanding of the nation and culture.