Love it or loathe it, an Indian holiday will see you see-sawing between both extremes, in a land that marries the sacred with the profane.
“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds… I had been seeing the world in black & white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.”— Keith Bellows, National Geographic Society
India is by no means a small destination that you can take in on a single Indian holiday. The land is vast, and so diverse, that even if you do spend quality time in one part of India, the rest of her will still be a veritable mystery to you. Truly, the process of unraveling the mysteries of this rich land is the work of a lifetime. From ancient texts to the latest Coldplay video, people all over the world have found something to celebrate about India through the ages. If you are a first time visitor, it is about time you plan an Indian holiday extravaganza. The multidimensional nature of this country assures you that every traveler will find something to yearn for, and come back to. Your first Indian holiday will simply be the gateway to this amazing land, and you will soon be planning the next Indian holiday, and then a few more after that. If you are still on the fence about an Indian holiday, here are a few reasons why we think it should be on the cards for a discerning traveler this year.
Learn the Meaning of Hospitality
The people of India make it the beautifully welcoming land that it is. While the people in the metropolitan cities are helpful, true hospitality is offered by the locals in rural India. The country believes in an ancient Sanskrit adage “Atithi Devo Bhavah” which translates to “A guest is the embodiment of God”. You are sure to be touched and delighted by the sheer warmth and generosity of the locals in India. Bookmark some unique memories by enjoying a traditional meal cooked and served in a local’s home or just go gallivanting along the narrow roads to chance upon children playing out on the streets in wild abandon. The people of India are unfettered and friendly, and they will be one of the reasons why you will want to plan another Indian holiday.
Feed the Hungry Traveler in You
Perhaps one of the most distinct, and arguably one of the best, aspects of an Indian holiday is that it promises to be one of the wildest culinary journeys you will ever take in your life. The food alone is reason enough to plan an Indian holiday. Don’t be taken in by the fare that you get offered at Indian restaurants abroad. The food in India is incredibly diverse, made with the richest and freshest ingredients you could think of.
Irrespective of which part of the country you plan to visit on your Indian holiday, you can bank on a tasty smorgasbord of delectable cuisine that is unique to that region. In North India, you can feast on lots of creamy, thick curries and traditional tandoori chicken made moderately spicy to suit your palate. Heavily influenced by Persian and Mughlai cooking styles, the mutton rogan josh, buttery parathas, and curries are to die for. In the South, you will find dishes made of fresh coconut and even fresher seafood. From masala dosa to spicy fish curries in a coconut base, you will be licking your fingers by the time you are through. While non-vegetarians will find plenty to feast on, vegetarians need not worry either. Owing to the large numbers of vegetarian Hindus residing in India, the vegetarian cuisine is just as enticing and mouth-watering.
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