India is a country that is most known for its delicious and spicy food, Bollywood films and the unsanitary conditions. Actually, this last part is the first thing that pops into many people’s mind when they consider visiting the country. Poverty is another factor that probably keeps many people from going there. However, these are not reasons enough to keep you away from India, simply because the earnings from a trip like this are going to be immense. The natural landscape, the ancient ruins and the welcoming people will cheer you up and make you feel like you took the right decision.
1. It’s the country of color.
India may be poor, but its people like to wear colorful fabrics and paint their houses with various colors. This may be due to their very hot weather or because of their traditions.
2. Transportation is very cheap.
If you take a local taxi cab, you will pay only $0.30 – $0.50 per ride, but the ride will be very uncomfortable and ‘rocky’. For passengers who have the economic ability, the Maharajas’ Express Train is the best around all Asia, but might cost you more than you ever expected for an Indian train.
3. The food is spectacular.
If you love spicy food, then this is your stop. Indians use a lot of cumin, asafetida and garam masala and if you’re eating for the first time they might upset your stomach. Even rich families eat on the ground and they often use banana leaves as plates, since they are cheaper to get.
4. Alcohol is banned in some states.
Alcohol is banned in only a few states in India and every state has an age limit for alcohol consumption. Expect to be served your wine in clay mugs instead of the usual wine glass.
5. Ayurveda is a traditional treatment that is said to do wonders.
This treatment involves healing oils, herbs, massages and herbal pills. You don’t have to be sick in order to receive the treatment. Many poeple do it to prevent future health issues.
6. The sea that surrounds India is full of underwater shipwrecks.
Scientists haven’t managed to explore every shipwreck that lies under India’s sea, but they know that there are hundreds of ships at the bottom of the sea. The 8 islands near the Goa coast attract many divers looking to explore the underwater.
7. There are many remains from ancient civilizations.
Hampi is one of the oldest settlements in India, where almost the entire history of India and the world is presented. It is very popular among tourists and it is never empty of people.
8. Bollywood has the biggest film production in the world.
Around 1,600 movies are shot in India each year and shown to over 90 countries around the world. India is officially the most productive country in the film business.
When you arrive to India, keep in mind that shaking your head doesn’t mean ‘no’, but ‘yes’ and that you should use only your right hand to say ‘hello’, since the left one is considered ‘dirty’ and offensive to use.