5 Reasons Why India Should Be Your Next Holiday Destination
In 10 years, the World Travel and Tourism Council expects India to become the fourth-largest travel and tourism economy.
And it’s easy to see why.
India has the second-largest population in the world, with over 1.2 billion people. It’s a country rich in history and heritage.
Are you interested in finding out what makes India so special and why you should include it in your holiday destinations list? Well, here’s why…
1. Gali Paranthe (Delhi)
Gali Paranthe is a famous food lane in the Chondhni Chowk market in Old Delhi. You can find plenty of well-known eateries who all claim to be the best and the most original.
The local restaurants and cafes all serve the same dish – the unique Delhi-style stuffed parathas. These are a type of flatbread made from wheat dough that is lightly fried in oil on both sides.
While the usual filling is potatoes, on this street you can find them stuffed with just about anything, including cheese squash and raisins!
Located in Maligaon Guwahati Assam, the Paratha House serves some of the best parathas in India and this famous restaurant is a must-visit when in India.
2. India is a good value
Accommodation is relatively inexpensive, eating out costs very little and getting around the country by train is incredibly affordable, too.
It’s no wonder the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report ranked India as 10th best for price competitiveness.
The Natraj Dining Hall in Udaipur is a well-known eatery where people often dine. The food keeps coming until you have had enough! And you will only be charged a mere 120 Rupees (€1.52). Now that’s good value!
Compared to the US, food is more than 3 times cheaper.
3. Take in a game of Cricket
Cricket is a national obsession in India. But if you can only take in one game during your trip, be sure it is played in the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala.
This must be the most picturesque sports venue in the world. It is situated at an altitude of 1,457m above sea level and you can enjoy an incredible view of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains during breaks in play!
4. The world’s most famous building
One of the most recognisable buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal is a stunning symbol of India’s rich history.
With its immense beauty, it is no surprise that the Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and attracts over seven million tourists each year.
It is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture and is built of shimmering white marble that appears to change colour depending on the time of day.
Nicknamed ‘Heaven on Earth‘, Kashmir is a must-visit on any Indian holiday. Here you can enjoy picturesque lakes, striking fruit orchards and verdant meadows.
Whiling away an afternoon on a heavenly ‘Shikara boat ride’ on the pristine ‘Dal Lake’ is also a must. Afterwards, you can stroll through the beautifully manicured ‘Mughal Gardens’.
While you are there, make sure to buy some of the traditional handicrafts and handloom items on offer and do try out a few of the state’s world-famous ‘Wazwon’ delicacies.
This is a multi-course meal in Kashmiri cuisine, the preparation of which is an art and a point of pride in Kashmiri culture and identity.
6. Why apply with Visa First
You will need a valid visa in order to travel to India. All visitors, except nationals of Maldives, Bhutan, and Nepal need a visa to enter India.
Visa First offers a range of Indian visas to cater for tourists and business people alike.
If you want to travel as a tourist, you need an India Tourist Visa, which is valid for 365 days from the day of issue. This type of visa is perfect for you when travelling for holiday, sightseeing or to visit friends and family.
What kind of visa you need, depends on your personal circumstances.
Our team has specialised in Indian visas for more than 15 years. We will manage your entire application and boost your chances of a successful outcome (in fact we offer a 99.7% visa approval success rate!)
Forget embassy queues and struggling with tricky application forms.