India, the country which is a vital part of the Asian subcontinent, is the land of geographical and cultural versatility. So, visiting India includes a lot of activities and it is quite challenging to make it concise. However, if we still want to focus on some primary features of the land, we should find the specialties, the things that define India precisely.
1. See Nature’s Bounty
The geographical diversity in India is just exceptional, as so many natural wonders cannot be easily found within a single territory. The highest mountain range of the world, the Himalayan range is situated in the Northern part. The bounty of seas is found in the coastal areas. There are the wonderful forests with a big variety of flora and fauna.
There are lakes and springs with unearthly beauty. The Lonar Crater lake in Maharashtra, The Loktak lake in Manipur are the amazing wonders of the world. You can find the desert in Rajasthan and the Rann in Kutch, the largest salt desert of the world; there are several caves like Borra Guhalu in the Araku valley, situated in the eastern coast of India.
So, being in the land of natural treasures, you have to precisely chalk out the places which attract you the most; then go on exploring!
2. Explore the History
India being a land full of treasures, had been repeatedly invaded by Kings from different nations and they have established their reign and influenced the culture of different parts of India. The forts, palaces, museums and temples are a big part of the wonders of India. The Taj Mahal is a wonder of the world. Places like Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Mysore, Telengana etc are waiting for the travelers with the spectacular creations of the Kings and their architects. The National Museum in Delhi, the Indian Museum in Kolkata, Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad, Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai will enrich you with the knowledge about different ages of history.
3. Visit the Temples
India is a land of famous temples, which date back to the ancient ages of history. These temples are not mere religious places. All the temples have important and interesting stories connected with them. They are the documents of ancient art and architecture, as most of these were made under the patronization of Kings. So, don’t forget to take a note of at least some of these temples while you are in India. The important temples are: Kedarnath, Badrinath Temple, Amarnath Cave Temple, Kashi Viswanath, Konark Sun Temple, Sanchi Stupa, Vaishno Devi, Golden Temple, Puri Jagannath Temple, Tirupati Balaji Temple and Khajuraho.
4. Get Charmed by the Mysteries and Wonders of India
In India, you can find some wonderful sights which will surely leave you awestruck; these mysteries are simply astounding and beyond explanation. The living tree bridges of Cherapunji, the balancing rock at Mahabalipuram, the magnetic hill at Ladakh, the hanging pillar in Lepakshi temple at Anantapur will make any visitor speechless.
5. See the variety of Art and Culture
Just like its geographical diversity, the cultural diversity in India is equally interesting. The rural art forms and folk music, dances are the ever shining glories of India. So, once you come to this country you must visit some places where folk arts are practiced; you can also do a good bit of shopping from different art collections. The Patachitra of Odissa and Bengal, Tanjore art, Miniature painting of Rajasthan, Bandhani Sarees from Rajasthan and Gujarat, Kanjivaram from Tamil Nadu, Mysore silk, Chanderi sarees, Kalamkari, Zardozi, Benarasi sarees, Gold and Silver Jewelry, Pearl Jewelry, Kundan, Meenakari, Terracota and Dokra works will make your India tour memorable.
6. Taste Indian Delicacies
Just like art and culture, cooking in India has gone through several traditions and transformations, being influenced by the weather and mood of people and the choices of different Kings and Emperors. Thus, different parts of India will give you different wonders of taste. Have the Biriyani, Firni and Kebab which came from the Mughal traditions. Also have the delicacies of Punjab and Bengal. Then go for South Indian food like Dosa, Idli, sambhar, Uttapam, Chutney, which are altogether different from the North Indian tradition.
7. Experience the Spiritual Elevation
India is the land of Spirituality; through different ages it has experienced the soul-awakening practices under the guidance of Spiritual gurus. It started from the Vedic age and then continued through the age of Buddha and was extended to the activities of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda School.
Yoga and meditation, the age old practices of the Indian saints have now gained worldwide appreciation due to the amazing healing effect they can inflict upon a stressed human body and mind. So, once you are in this land of spiritual elevation, you cannot avoid experiencing the journey towards a better plane of consciousness. Visit the Yoga Ashramas or Ramakrishna Mission Institutes which are spread all over India.
So, these are the 7 things you must do when you visit India.
Rohit is a great enthusiast about travelling. He loves to savor his eyes with the wonders of different places and shares his vision with others through his writings!
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