30 reasons to #LoveIndiaTravel

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Danielle Winter

30 travelers and bloggers share their love for travel in India with photos and stories

GENDER INEQUALITY ISSUES and several high-profile rape cases have distorted the perception of India in the media. The result is that some potential travelers are choosing to bypass India in favour of other less infamous destinations. As a long-time traveler to India, I think this is unfortunate. I know many, many travelers, including lots of female solo travelers, who love to travel in India.

Without taking away from the brutality of these incidents and need for societal change, India is much, much more. It is a fascinating, life-changing travel destination. And, like me, many, many travelers to India will tell you it was their most memorable, most transformative, and most remarkable trip. Here, some of them share their #LoveIndiaTravel photos and stories.

Thanks so much to BBC Travel’s feature, 50 reasons to #LovetheWorld, for inspiring me. It’s a great post, well worth seeing.

1. Carefree spirit

Andrew Adams is a travel, wedding, and lifestyle photojournalist with a passion for South Asian Culture. Visit his website and follow him on Instagram

I love travel in India because…I have learned to appreciate the simple things in life. This little boy with his rucksack slung over his shoulder, is a great reminder. It was my first trip to India, it got off to a rough start, I was sick, run down, and new to India. This brief encounter, his carefree spirit, completely  changed my outlook that day and set the tone for many more wonderful adventures to follow!

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Andrew Adams

2. Sisterhood

Amy Gigi Alexander is a traveler, writer, explorer, and believer in goodness.

I love travel in India because : in a small village, on the edge of nothing, I found myself on a rooftop with dozens of women in their best saris, holding their babies, waiting in line to have me take their photo for the first time. And months later, when I returned, we all sat on that same rooftop, giggling over the photos I had brought them until it was dark outside. Sisterhood.

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Amy Gigi Alexander

 3. Storytelling stones

Anuradha Goyal is the author IndiTales – a travel blog from India and be found on twitter @anuradhagoyal.

Where else would I find even stones telling stories and telling them since ages, creating a continuous civilization for us.

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Anuradha Goyal

4. A billion smiles

Prasad NP, better known as desi Traveler is a travel writer and photographer who wishes he could travel more than what he does now.

I love travel in India because it is a land of a billion smiles.

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Prasad NP, desi Traveller

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Prasad NP, desi Traveller

5. God in a cow

Nisha Jha is a passionate traveler, keen observer and a student of life. Loves Street food and dancing in the rain.  She blogs at Lemonicks where she writes about her sweet & sour stories of her journeys.

 I love travel in India because … Only in India I get to see physical evidence that God is omnipresent and in every form; be it a stone, a tree, a cow, a person possessed by spirits, the small shrine in the middle of crossroads or even autorickshaw meter!

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Nisha Jha

6.  One minute friend

Kim Hammer travels India and Indonesia to hand-select textiles and other artisan-made objects of beauty. Cultural tours for art-lovers offered annually, visit her website Sutra Imports for more info.

I love traveling in India for what I call my #ekminutedost, my “one minute friend!”  A mid-winter visit to a Buddhist-run school in Leh, Ladakh becomes a cultural exchange and offering of kindness.

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Kim Hammer

 7. A learning experience

Jeremy Parkinson is a 43 year old Radio Producer/Presenter from Auckland, New Zealand.

I love travel in India because every visit is different, every experience unique. Travelling as a family showed us the value of shared experience. India taught us about each other, and about cultures vastly different from our own. When our youngest is a little older, we will be back.

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Jeremy Parkinson

8. Peace and adventure

Rachel Jones is an American who left a career in nursing to live on the beaches on Goa, India two years ago where she is now a Thai masseuse, candle-maker, and travel writer at her award winning website Hippie in Heels.

I love travel in India because each day you step outside is an adventure. You can’t guess what awaits you. But, at the same time, India has wide-open quiet spaces that many don’t travel to. You can find your peace in nature. You can have it all in India!​

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Rachel Jones, Hippie in Heels

9. Spontaneous celebrations

IndiaLens (Twitter @indialens) is a senior IAS officer who loves travel and photography. His coffee table book “Spirit of Kumbh”,  published by Parragon India, was launched recently. The book covers the world’s biggest festival, the “Kumbh,” and can be ordered from indialens.org or from the publisher’s website parragon.com.

I love to travel in india because here it’s a celebration always. It’s full of colour and diversity. It’s like a mountain valley in spring when the land explodes with life in myriads of hues and colours. The beauty of India lies in the spontaneous,  un-manicured experiences you get while travelling.

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IndiaLens

10. Nowhere like it

Nicholas Kenrick is a keen travel photographer. He has traveled the world many times, and his camera is his way of remembering the amazing experiences that he is grateful to receive. See his photos on Flickr.

I love travel in India because there is simply nowhere like it … the people and the culture and the food and the ancient history … I love how my friends call me ‘ Uncle ‘  and I love the respect shown to elders . I love Bollywood movies and the songs; I heard them so many times from a cheap radio at every corner or shop or chai stall. I love the train network and the service and the tiffin tins and the cries of the vendors … and I love how India is called Mother.

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Nicholas Kenrick

11. Diversity and connection

Supriya Seghal is still deciding which city to call home; travelling for more than 250 days in an year can do that to you! Though, if there was a city she would want to park herself forever in, it would be Varanasi. Catch all the action on her site Supriya Seghal.

I love travel in India because there is no country which encapsulates diversity so perfectly. As the only non-local audience at a village, located deep in the inland forests of Bekal in Kerala, I feel equally connected to a Theyyam artist imbibing the role of Goddess Bhagvathi, as anyone else in the village. We are distanced by nothing. Not language, caste, creed or regionality.

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Supriya Sehgal

12. Eternal, inexplicable

Danielle Winter is from New Zealand, currently lives in Germany and calls New York City and India home. Her art emanates from the photos she takes while on pilgrimage in India.

I love travelling to India

Because in her quiet and in her chaos

I find a depth of experience that is unparalleled,

because in this vastly entangled place the inexplicable happens,

I find myself small, yet eternal

and while marveling at the ingenious joyful response to life that is the essence of this mystical land and her people,

I discover that same response awakening in me.

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Danielle Winter

13. Home and family

Gaurav Bhatnagar is a Software Engineer turned professional Travel Writer. He writes at The Spunky Traveler about Rural and Responsible Travel, and is an entrepreneur at The Folk Tales.

I love travelling in India because wherever I go, I can find a family and a home.
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Gaurav Bhatnagar

14. Soulful simplicity

Sharell writes and manages the content for About.com’s India travel website. She’s been living the dream in India since 2005.
Because the simplicity and quietness of rural life is striking and unpretentious. And in villages across India, I’m in awe of expert yet humble artisans, soulfully engaged in arts that have been passed down from generation to generation over thousands of years.
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Sharell Cook

15. Anything can happen

Flora is a freelance writer, traveller and avid volunteer who is currently based in London. She writes about her adventures at Flora the Explorer and discusses all things travel on Twitter at @florabaker.
I love travel in India because anything can happen. A quick lunch with friends in a Jaisalmer restaurant can be transformed into a two hour session of watching black and white Bollywood movies with Jake, the restaurant’s owner, and listening to the stories of his life while tears of lost memories rolled down his cheeks.
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Flora Baker

16. Sensory overload

Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott are the husband-and-wife storytelling team behind Uncornered Market. At the end of 2006, they left their office jobs for what was meant to be a 12-18 month creative sabbatical to travel the world. Over 90 countries and eight years later, they are still going…and still married.

I love travel in India because… You never know what adventures you will find – or more like, will find you — when you head out in the morning. No matter whether it’s a street market, festival, temple, or something else, you do know that your day will be filled with sensory overload of colours, humanity, sounds and smells.

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Uncornered Market

17. Colour!

Mridula Dwivedi is an academician who loves to travel. She blogs at Travel Tales from India.
I love to travel in India because it is my country and it is incredibly colourful!
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Mridula D

18. Modern and traditional

Cathy Scholl is a USA based photographer whose lens has been focused on India for the past 20 years.
I love to travel in India because of its mix of traditional and modern cultures. In India one can find festivals and communities that remain authentic, while at the same time its modern cities offer world-class food, art and accommodations.
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Cathy Scholl

19. Relationship

Melanie’s first trip to India, in 2009 was almost by accident and she uses Mystical India to share her personal experiences, insights, recommendations and opinions about her life in India.

I love India because of the relationships India has afforded me. My experience has been and continues to be one where the relationships I have established are educational, collaborative, humorous, familiar, friendly and most important based on a mutual respect. The joy, support and insight I have learned from these relationships has not only enhanced my relationship with India, but has been the basis of my personal growth.

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Melanie, Mystical India

20. Colours and sounds

Janice Waugh is founder of Solo Traveler, the blog for those who love or long to travel alone. Follow Solo Travel Society on Facebook and Twitter Solotraveler.

I love India for the colours and sounds. Here I was sitting on a rooftop cafe and heard the chatter of the women. I popped my head over the edge to see this beautiful domestic scene.

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Janice Waugh

21. Celebrations and adventure

Dave and Deb won the 2014 Gold Medal for Best Travel Blog by the Society of American Travel Writers. They founded ThePlanetD in 2008 after cycling the continent of Africa and have since travelled to more than 100 countries on all 7 continents.
We love travel in India because each day was a new adventure. Every destination opened our eyes to new experiences and there always seemed to be a celebration wherever we went.
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Dave Bouskill, ThePlanetD

22. Loving hospitality

Shivya Nath runs the award-winning travel blog, The Shooting Star, which documents her solo and experiential journeys across the globe. She aims to inspire her readers to step out of their comfort zone and live like the locals.

I love traveling in India because where else in the world will strangers invite you into their homes and lives with so much love that you never want to leave?

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Shivya Nath

 23. Smiles and laughter

Andrea Rees is a professional photographer since 2003, mom and traveller. Seeker of cultural experiences. Founder of The Heart of a Woman Project, a women’s mobile photography development initiative in South Africa. Aims to capture life and the world mostly with her iPhone lens. on Wandering iPhone.

I love travel in India because an iPhone picture can inspire smiles, laughter and connections.

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Andrea Rees

 24. Charm of diversity

Renuka is an Indian travel blogger at Voyager For Life. She loves to travel, write and take photographs. She believes travel is a better way to live.

I love travel in India because it’s a charming country – the people are so friendly, there are colors in every nook and cranny, there’s beauty, there’s peace as well as chaos, there are quirks and subtle nuances in every city that bring a smile on my face.

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Renuka, Voyager for Life

25. Feeling of eternity

Didem is an award-winning journalist who originally hails from Turkey, but currently divides her time between England and Malawi. In her last visit to India, she spent over 200 hours in sleeper trains discovering the country from north to south, and she recalls this as one of the best things that happened to her. She blogs at ReadWrite Travel.

I love India because of the glimpse of eternity that I get to sneak when I am in India. Being surrounded by a magnificent history, I feel that I am just an insignificant human being whose worries and worldly troubles don’t matter. I find this incredibly liberating and empowering. The river Ganges will keep flowing whatever happens. Oh, I also love India because I met my husband there!

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Didem Tali

26. Unexpected around every corner

My name is Elenora, I am from Australia. I have been to India five times and going again soon. I love it to pieces. You can find more info about me and my traveling at My India Story. My aim is to bring India to everyone.

I love India because there’s always something magic and unexpected around every corner.

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Elenora

27. New discoveries every day

Siddhartha is a traveler, story teller and a video blogger, who derives his energy from the phenomenal people he meets on his journeys. He hopes to bring people of the world together by inspiring them to travel more. He blogs at Sid the Wanderer.

I love travel in India because it’s such an unpredictable place, there is always a surprise at every street corner; all you have to do is take that turn! Even though I am from India, I discover something new every single day!

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Siddhartha Joshi

28. The soul of the world

Mariellen Ward is a long-time India traveller, travel writer, yoga student, dreamer and publisher of Breathedreamgo. Her happy place is standing in the open doorway of an Indian train with a warm breeze blowing and a sunny landscape gliding past.

I love travel in India because it restores your faith in magic and the wonders of the universe. As my yoga teacher said, India is the soul of the world.

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Mariellen Ward

29. Reaching new heights

Rutavi Mehta is a travel aficionado where she has travelled to more than 1,500 destinations. She loves exploring new places, meeting new people, learning their stories and most importantly, venturing into the unknown. Follow her on Photo Katha.

I love travel in India because each place, each moment, each culture and each person has a story. The uniqueness from north to south, gives a traveller variation of landscape, food, culture. Travelling in India as a solo woman is a great experience because people love to see women reaching new heights and they are very supportive. My tag line for India travel is: “Breathe the mud and connect over mud.”

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Rutavi Mehta

30. Centuries of secrets

Lakshmi Sharath is a media professional, travel blogger and writer who has been blogging for a decade now. She blogs at LakshmiSharath.

I love India because of the secrets it hides in a street corner or a highway like a 1,000 year old capital town of Gangaikondacholapuam that has vanished off the face of the earth but for this incomplete massive temple.

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Lakshmi Sharath

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19 Responses to 30 reasons to #LoveIndiaTravel

  1. Paritosh Arya April 30, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

    Quite true! Even though the Indian experience can be daunting for some, none can ignore the hospitality and friendly people when in India. I had recently witnessed a couple from Germany getting lost in Delhi on their way to Qutb Minar and was so pleased and kind of felt proud how few locals helped them find their way.

    You just to need to apply some common sense to identify fake advice from real one.

  2. Anna June 7, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    I love this post! Such a great idea to promote the many, many positive sides of traveling in India! I love traveling in India for all of these reasons!
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  3. Aradhana August 17, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    I am textile designer… Specialized in embroideries….. N quilts..
    Love to travel… N antique inspirations for embr. Ideas…..

    • Mariellen Ward November 20, 2015 at 11:36 am #

      Hi Aradhana, Textiles are one of the great craft traditions of India. There are people who travel to India specifically for textiles — some for shopping and others to learn about the craft of designing and producing textiles.
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  4. Wedding photographers in Kerala September 28, 2015 at 5:55 am #

    Nice images.. Really loved it
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  5. Ravi October 8, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    No doubt, that there are some reasons which can hold back people from visiting India (especially female travellers). But the reasons why India gets so many tourists have been summed up in your article perfectly. And the pictures are beautiful!

    • Mariellen Ward November 20, 2015 at 11:38 am #

      Hi Ravi, India is a daunting travel destination, and the negative media attention hasn’t helped. But on the other hand, there is unexpected beauty and magic in India … if you have the eyes to see it …
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  6. Carole October 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

    I recently traveled in India.At first it was overwhelming but i learned a lot about the culture, the interior beauty of indians and their love for their country. Its a magical country. I learned more about my strengh, my innerself. I will get back. I fall in love with India.

    • Mariellen Ward November 20, 2015 at 11:40 am #

      Carole, I could have written the exact same words as you. Everything you say was also my experience. Some people are open to India … who knows why … and they see the inner beauty. As Antoine de Saint Exupery said, “it’s only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
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  7. Dewa retreat December 3, 2015 at 6:40 am #

    I love India Travel ……………..

  8. Ambika kanwar December 30, 2015 at 3:24 am #

    Amazing post! There is so much to visit in India, it is also a place of inconceivable beauty and warmth.

  9. Angelhotel March 8, 2016 at 6:24 am #

    India is a great placewith different cutures and languages. As said, the sculptures speak a lot. That was a wonderful post.

  10. Jessica Ray March 16, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    Great “30 reasons to #LoveIndiaTravel” Entirely genuine! Despite the fact that the Indian experience can be overwhelming for a few, none can disregard the friendliness and neighborly individuals when in India. I had as of late seen a couple from Germany losing all sense of direction in Delhi on their approach to Qutb Minar and was so satisfied and sort of felt pleased what a small number of local people offered them some assistance with finding their direction.

    You just to need to apply some sound judgment to distinguish fake counsel from genuine one.

    Regards
    Jessica Ray
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  11. Martina Cruz March 17, 2016 at 6:24 am #

    Indeed @marillene.. there are several reasons for traveling such a nice place.. I was here in 2009 & experienced many things from people to food , culture to festivals India has many qualities & reasons to visit here.

  12. Mindy @ Nourishing Vegan Journeys August 31, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    Great piece Mariellen! India is a wild adventure, and I love it. I fly back in 9 weeks, this time on a one way ticket!

  13. elana mckivergan September 13, 2016 at 2:51 am #

    My heart is beating slowly….louder every day…for soon I will be travelling to India. I have waited so many years to make this journey and every fibre of me is trembling in anticipation.
    Thank you all for sharing – my time has come

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