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India The Destination
India is a multicultural destination and a nation with a diverse population. India is one of the most populated countries in the world with a democratic presence in South Asia. Traveling to India is an enriching experience that enthralls visitors with rich resources such as flora, fauna, temples, heritage, food, culture, etc.
Visiting India for the purpose of travel and tourism has a lot of potential for tourists. Some of the most visited destinations in India include Mumbai, Goa, Rajasthan, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka to name a few. India is well connected to various important destinations through road, rail, and airlines. Tourists can visit India in any season and choose to stay from the various options available for accommodation including hotels and hostels.
New Delhi is the gateway for Indian arrivals and serves as the national capital of the country. Apart from New Delhi other destinations that are ideal for international tourist arrivals include Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Goa to name a few.
Traveling by Trains
Traveling by trains is one of the most exciting elements for visiting tourists. Trains in India are operated by the Indian Railways with a wide network of trains connecting to almost all important cities. Upon arrival in India, one can travel by train to enjoy the extensive view of the countryside along the train route. Indian Railways has the facility of travel by air-conditioned coaches and is most preferred by visiting tourists to either travel in First Class air-conditioned coach, air-conditioned two-tier coach, and air-conditioned three-tier coach.
The railways also operate premium and luxury trains suitable for tourism such as Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express, Tejas Express, and Duronto Express. The Rajdhani Express connects New Delhi to the state capital cities (with rail network) regularly. Shatabdi Express is also an air-conditioned train that connects to major cities within a day. Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express are the most preferred trains to travel in India. Tejas Express and Duronto Express are the other categories of air-conditioned trains that operate between various popular cities under the respective railway zone.
A rail journey in India is usually an overnight journey and in some instances may last up to 24/48/72 hours based on the distance and category of the train. Rail travel is popular among solo travelers who prefer to travel by trains on long journeys or on an overnight basis. Rail tickets can be booked on Indian Railways official ticket booking website www.irctc.co.in and information regarding Indian Railway trains can be accessed from www.indianrail.gov.in portal.
Travel by Airlines
Traveling by airline is the next best thing one can look out for! Air travel in India has improved in the past two decades. India has witnessed a robust growth of low-cost carriers competing with full-service carriers. Low-cost carriers are the most preferred by the visiting tourists, as some of the low-cost carriers operate to remotest locations across the country.
Solo travel is also popular among the tourists visiting India and intending to travel by air. With the advent of low-cost carriers, technology, and aviation infrastructure to cater to the airline traffic, some of the cities have now emerged as the most visited destinations apart from the usually visited destinations such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta, and Chennai. Booking of tickets is also an easy and hassle-free process and mandates to carry an identity card, usually your passport, as a valid document during the travel.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga has emerged as one of the primary reasons for tourists to visit India. Yoga and meditation act as the key takeaways for visiting tourists. Yoga and meditation help one to relax and rejuvenate the body and mind. Hence India is the most preferred destination to practice Yoga and meditation. Some of the popular destinations include Kerala and Tamil Nadu, among other destinations, where the visiting tourists usually head to practice Yoga.
Along with Yoga and meditation, the tourists also visit India to prefer Ayurvedic treatment available in some of the noted destinations. Getting accustomed to Ayurveda also helps one to rejuvenate and feel refreshed and thus leave India on a happy note.
Indian food has attracted many visitors from across the world. India offers various traditional and modern cuisines. Some of the popular cuisines include Punjabi food, Rajasthani Food, Gujarati Food, South Indian cuisine, etc to name a few. Wheat is the staple food usually available in abundance in North India and rice/paddy is the staple food available in abundance in South India.
You will find dishes and cuisine based on wheat in North India that include staple meals such as roti, naan, kulcha, etc. In South India dishes based out of paddy/rice are commonly prepared and served such as idly, dosa, upma, poha, vada, etc. Tea and coffee are also abundantly available across India owing to tea and coffee widely grown in the plantations. Tea and Coffee is the most preferred drink in the local culture. Lassi made of yogurt/curd is the popular drink available in Northen India along with buttermilk or 'Chaach'.
Clothing in India has its vast history through the emergence of Khadi and weaving since Indian independence. Most of the fabrics worn by the local culture depend on seasonal changes and the region. Northern India is popular for Kurta Pyjama as traditional attire for men and Kurtis/saree is the common traditional attire for women. In Southern India, men wear dhotis as traditional attire and women wear cotton sarees as traditional attire.
Traditional wear most common across the country include a kurta for men and Kurtis/cotton sarees for women. The choice of traditional wear varies based on seasonal requirements such as cotton wear in the summer and traditional & designer based attire worn during regional festivals such as Diwali, Dussehra, Sankranti, etc.
When visiting India it is important not to miss watching a Bollywood movie. Hindi cinema is known as Bollywood movies in popular culture. Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra state serves as the ideal destination that produces over a few hundred Bollywood movies in India. Mumbai is a vibrant city with the presence of successful professionals in the field of movies, theatre, and arts and culture.
A new Hindi movie is released in single-screen theatres and in cineplexes across India. Movies are usually released on weekends beginning from Fridays. Movie tickets can be purchased online or at the counter in a cineplex/single-screen theatres. A Hindi movie usually lasts for about 90 to 180 minutes with a break in between for about 10-20 minutes.
A single-screen theatre and cineplexes usually have four movie shows in a day- Morning show, Matinee, Second Show, and Evening Show. The visiting tourists can also enjoy watching Hindi movies with English sub-titles as some of the cineplexes and single-screen theatres are of late exhibiting Hindi movies with English captions.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.