India is the land of contrasts and that is exactly why you either love or “hate” traveling around there. Those tourists who only go to Goa, unfortunately miss out on the real India and all that it entails.
In this article, I share 7 Reasons to love the real India, outside of Goa.
- Indian Food
- Different Culture
- Beautiful Nature
- The Animals
- Chai – Tea
- The Taj Mahal
Indian food is something that can be found almost everywhere in the world, but if you think Indian food is good in the country you live in, then just wait until you go to India. I would like to say that Indian food in India is at least twice as good as the Indian food we eat in the West. Everything tastes much better and there are more dishes to choose from.
When you walk around India, all of a sudden you smell heavenly smells from food, only to walk past a stinking place where it smells of feces and sewage the next moment. The contrasts are great, but one thing is certain and that is that the food is heavenly good.
A large part of all tourists who go outside Goa and into real India are met by a culture clash. India is so different compared to another part of the World, so different that it can hardly be compared. The gaps in society are extremely large and one moment you can walk past a palace-like house and the next moment see homeless people without a roof over their heads.
Sales, religion, customs and how to behave in general also differ a lot. But that is also the charm of India, and you either love it, or you hate it if you go outside of Goa.
It is cheap in India, at least for us who come from Europe or America. Dinner can be found for a cheap rate and accommodation can be rented for as little as a thousand INR for a whole month. Yoga classes, shopping and local transport are ridiculously cheap and you can travel for a long time in India for just a few thousand INR.
However, it is important to watch out for tourist prices. Some INR here and there quickly turns into hundreds and thousands. But as long as you live locally and avoid dishonest sellers, travelling around India is ridiculously affordable.
Kerala, also known as “God’s own country” is a verdant region in southern India. Most of India’s wildlife lives here, including tigers and cobras along with lots of other animal species. With animals also comes nature and nature in India is beautiful and diverse.
In the north of India lies the beginning of the Himalayas and in the south you have Kerala with jungle, paradise beaches and rivers.
Elephants, monkeys, tigers, snakes and much more live wild all over India. Those who like animals will not be disappointed if they go on a guided tour in the jungle and other natural areas where the animals live wild.
However, one must be prepared that animals are unfortunately exploited for the sake of tourism, especially elephants. You can help stop it by not riding elephants and paying money to take cards with them.
Animals should be out in the wild, and for those who look beyond tourism, there are many great opportunities to see wild animals in their proper home environment.
Okay, first things first. If a vendor wants to offer you Chai tea, it may be good to know that you should not accept if you are not interested in what he has to sell. Second – Chai tea is super tasty and should be drunk in large quantities when traveling around India.
It’s cheap and sold pretty much everywhere.
Magical Taj Mahal, which actually inspired Agrabah in the Disney film Aladdin. All of Agra actually for that matter, the city where the Taj Mahal is located. It looks exactly like in the Disney movie and the Taj Mahal is just as majestic as it looks in pictures.
The details are phenomenal and there are not many buildings in the world that can match the Taj Mahal in India.