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38 Reasons Why You Need to Drop Everything and Travel to India

You need to pack your bags and catch a flight to New Delhi pronto.

1. Because standing atop a Himalayan peak will be the most sublime experience you’ll ever have

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2. And because the Himalayas also house some absolutely stunning hill stations and hamlets.

Auli

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Kullu-Manali

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Leh

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3. Because where else can you find an entire valley covered in flowers?

The Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

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4. Because you get to ride a motorcycle on the world’s highest motorable road

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5. And tread along the shores of a lake 16,300 feet above sea level

The Suraj Tal lake in Himachal Pradesh

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6. Because you can sleep in a houseboat on the world’s most beautiful lake

The Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir

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The Dal Lake, Kashmir

 

7. Because the beautiful chaos of Delhi’s Chandni Chowk is truly mesmerizing

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8. And the mix of the old and the new makes for some incredible sights

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9. Because the Mughals left behind tons of astonishingly pretty buildings

The Imambara Mosque, Lucknow

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Fatehpur Sikri, near Agra

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Humayun’s Tumb, New Delhi

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10. And so did the British…

The Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi

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Gateway of India, Mumbai

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Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

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11. And the Indians before them…

The Hampi Temple Complex

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Lingaraja Temple

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Brihadeshwara Temple

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12. Because Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world

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It’s a chaotic mess, but a beautiful one at that.

 

13. Because no one does curries as good as the Indians

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14. Because there is no sight more beautiful than India in the monsoons

Munnar, Kerala

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15. Because “Color Runs” have nothing on Holi

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16. Because India is heaven for vegetarians

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17. Because you can still eat a meal for two for less than $5

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18. And stay in a hotel for $10/day

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19. Because there’s no better way to de-stress than laze around on a houseboat in Kerala’s beautiful backwaters

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20. Or get a Ayurvedic massage in Kerala’s villages

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21. Because Mumbai is a tiny stretch of land that somehow finds space for 14 million people

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Which is totally awesome and exhilarating, by the way.

 

22. Because you get to ride these fun little tuk-tuks everywhere

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23. Because nothing beats the experience of seeing a tiger in the wild…

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…especially when you’re riding an elephant

 

24. Because where else will you find cows sharing space with cars?

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25. Or elephants on the highway?

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26. Because you’ll never truly understand the meaning of “extravagance” until you’ve attended an Indian wedding.

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27. Or figure out what true fanboyism is about until you’ve watched a Bollywood Salman Khan movie in an Indian theater

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28. Because where else can you find an entire temple complex devoted to the erotic arts?

The Khajuraho Temple Complex, Madhya Pradesh

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29. Or a mausoleum devoted to love?

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30. Because the South Indian dosa is the most ridiculously delicious thing you can have for breakfast

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31. Because India has some mind-boggingly awesome forts

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

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Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan

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32. And some delightfully colorful temples

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Chennai

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33. Because Indian sweets are tastier than any frosted cronut chocolate cupcake pudding you can concoct

Jalebi

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Gulab Jamun

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Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot pudding)

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On that note, let’s make cronut chocolate cupcake pudding a real thing

 

34. Because one of the great joys in life is drinking sweet, milky tea at a roadside stall for $0.10/cup

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35. Because traveling through the country becomes a surreal experience around Diwali each year

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Lights, lights everywhere.

 

36. Because you get to discover the hidden little gem that is India’s North-East

Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya

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37. Because India’s state of Rajasthan is like moustache porn for men

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38. Because you don’t know what “spicy” really is until you’ve dug into a bowl of Andhra mutton curry

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What reasons do you have for heading out to India this year?

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