As much as we may love India, it’s hard to stay positive with the grim headlines and disheartening stories that make it to the front pages each day. But, there is a lot more to our homeland, beyond the news stories. India is a treasure trove for history-enthusiasts, nature lovers, photographers, and adventurers. If you simply scratched the surface, you would find plenty of reasons to love this country, but we make it easier for you. Here are 15 reasons that will make it hard for you not to love India.
1. Radhanagar Beach, Andamans
The spectacular sunsets here will fill you with a deep sense of reverence for the world around you. No artist or photograph can do justice to the views at Radhanagar Beach on the Andamans.
2. Almorah, Uttarakhand
The lush greenery and the gentle murmur of water flowing past will make your heart sing and fill you with a sense of oneness with nature. If you seek ‘inner peace’, this is where you will find it.
3. Backwaters of Kerala
The backwaters of Kerala present a surreal beauty as you drift along in the quaint, but luxurious houseboats. There is scarcely an experience as soothing for the senses.
4. Dal Lake, Srinagar
With snow-capped peaks on the horizon, glistening waters before you, and colorful houseboats bobbing merrily along the shores, Dal Lake is one of the most enchanting places on earth.
5. Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand
Flowers at a florists shop or landscaped garden may be beautiful, but nothing will prepare you for the vibrant display at Chamoli, in Uttarakhand’s Valley of Flowers. There is something intrinsically beautiful about wild flowers in an untamed valley, bordered by towering mountains.
6. Tea Gardens of Munnar
There’s no better start to a day than with a cup of freshly brewed tea, and no better place to enjoy it than at Munnar. As your senses awakens, you are treated to an endless expanse of greenery, with tea gardens gently rising and falling over the hilly slopes, bathed in a magical morning mist.
7. McLeod Ganj, Dharmsala
Aside from the fact that McLeod Ganj is like our very own piece of Tibet, the areas is one of outstanding natural beauty. Strangely, nothing can be more calming than the wilderness of nature. At McLeod Ganj, you will experience feelings of exhilaration as you gaze upon the snow-capped mountain ranges, green valleys, and undulating hills, while breathing in the scent of pines from the forests that surround you.
8. Taj Mahal, Agra
Much has been said and written about the Taj Mahal, but words cannot do justice to the exquisite beauty of the marble edifice. It certainly is worthy of all the accolades that it has received.
9. Konark Sun Temple, Orissa
You cannot love history and not be filled with awe when you look upon the spectacle at Konark – a sprawling complex of temple ruins, with elaborately carved sculptures and a temple shaped like a gigantic chariot. You couldn’t ask for more.
10. Ruins of Hampi, Karnataka
There is something mysterious, magical, and almost romantic about stumbling upon the ruins of a lost civilization. At Hampi, you may not be making the discovery yourself, but the sight of the colossal ruins will certainly awaken these senses.
11. Fort Kamalgad, Maharashtra
A visit here is like being transported in time or perhaps to an alternate reality! It just goes to show that even a little known monument can capture your imagination and fill you with wonder.
12. Spituk Gompa, Ladakh
Nothing can prepare you for the surreal sight of this quaint Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, perched precariously on a rocky outcropping in the midst of the arid highlands.
13. Royal Bengal Tiger
An encounter with this majestic creature in its natural habitat will be humbling and will rid you of all those egoistic ideas of the superiority of our species.
14. Black Buck
The grace of these light-footed animals will awaken your connection with nature and give you a deep sense of appreciation of the wonderful world around you.
15. Indian Peacock
With its dazzling colors and breathtaking beauty, there is something quintessentially Indian about the peacock; no wonder it is the national bird of India.
As you delve into the wonders of India, from her natural beauty to her manmade marvels, you will be filled with a zest for life and a deep appreciation of our rich heritage.