India as a Vacation Destination
Ever thought of India as a vacation destination? If you haven’t, or have been wary of travel to “exotic” or non-Western destinations, then you should definitely think again.
Although India is certainly different from 1st World Western Countries as found in North America or Western Europe, bear in mind that economically it ranks 4th in the World by purchasing power and is set to expand at a faster pace than China in 2012, according to World Bank data.
That means that in India you’ll find hotels, restaurants, and other accommodation of the highest caliber, fine food and drink and, in the large cities, boutiques to rival those of Paris and Rome.
So you CAN have the best of both worlds, depending on your tastes and expectations, by staying in Western-type accommodation while still exeriencing the amazing culture, sights and sounds of this Asian giant.
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Exotic visions are generated in your mind when thinking of this superb country. Snake charmers, tigers, flavorsome curries, painted elephants, the Taj Mahal plus the sacred River Ganges all spring to mind.
India’s National Parks contain the best Bengal tiger habitat in the world. You can spot the majestic cats at Ranthambhore, Kanha , Bandhavgarh, Corbett, Kaziranga and Panna. Looking at your first wild tiger is a seriously amazing experience and a privilege. To see them in their natural environment is indeed much better than observing them in a zoo or safari park. You can observe the tigers from jeeps and also elephants if you join a guided tour.
India offers more wild animals than just tigers. It’s got unique bird sanctuaries which include Bharatpur, where indigenous and migratory wild birds alike can be seen. India is a birders heaven with over 1,249 species . From the Himalayan mountain regions to the Sunderbans mangrove forest delta, the land is special. It is home to some of the most sought after wild birds on the earth.
Another great wildlife destination is Sasan Gir where the last remaining Asiatic lions retain a strong hold in Gujurat. They are also referred to as Indian lions and have played a major part in Indian folklore and customs for thousands of years. Generally smaller compared to their African cousins, the largest Asiatic lion has still been recorded at an imposing 2.9m long!
India is known for its curries. An genuine Indian curry is a mix of onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes and spices with meat; chicken, fresh vegetables or fish. The fantastic flavours in Indian meals are derived from spices and nutritious foods such as leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, grains and legumes.
The majority of spices used in Indian cooking were originally selected thousands of years ago for their healing properties rather than their taste. Many such as cloves, turmeric and cardamon are antiseptic. Others for instance ginger are very good for digestive function. All Indian curries are made by using a wide selection of spices.
A trip to India is an opportunity to visit the impressive Taj Mahal – one of the most beautiful representations of a husband’s eternal love for his wife. Comissioned by Shah Jahan for his third wife Mumtaz Mahal who died during childbirth, it is the place where the bodies of both today rest. The architecture of the white marbled mausoleum is stunning. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and beautiful by daylight or by moonlight. A must see for all.
The River Ganga, or the Ganges as it is also known, is a massively important river. Originating in the snow covered peaks of the Gangotri Glacier in Uttaranchal, the Ganges is formed from six rivers.It is the lifeline of one of the most populated nations in the world. It is holy to Hindu’s and the place where many want to be cremated. Many wash and bathe in it and there is a constant traffic of watercraft transporting goods and people alike.
India is a fascinating country with so much to see. Once you have witnessed some of the sights, smells and sounds of India, they’ll tempt you to visit again and again!
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