India is one of the most attractive, and alluring travel destinations on the planet because of its geography, and terrain. From the Himalayan Mountains, to the golden expanse of beaches, running for endless miles along Shanti Stupa at Leh, Ladakhher shores, and the tropical retreats within the misty jungles further inland, India continues to enchant visitors from all over the globe. India also happens to be the most densely populated democracy in the world, and it continues to grow, while the economy takes small steps in relieving the poverty, and hardship that many of her natives suffer from. In the mean time, over sixty percent of the world’s tiger population resides in India, where the species continues to grow, thriving along with the people of India, in both population, and health.

India’s various wildlife, and natural attractions also bring visitors from all over the world, to visit almost one hundred different natural parks, and over four hundred wildlife preserves, where tourists and respectful travelers can view wildlife behaving naturally, tigers behaving in their own eco-structure, far removed from zoos, and other restricted care facilities. Several heritage festivals as well, are also an attraction to India, where travelers can watch timeless celebrations of life and harvest. If visitors properly schedule their stay, they’ll find a festival or holiday to celebrate each day. There are also historical museums, where families can share and learn the colourful tapestry that is Indian heritage, as well as art galleries, in which visitors can view some of native India’s finest art.

Indian cuisine is world renowned for its spice, and creativity. Curry, the word used by America today, in India is actually called “kari” which is not a powder, but instead a blend of many aromatic and flavourful spices such as turmeric, cardamom, ginger, coriander, nutmeg and poppy seed. Kari is not the only seasoning found in India, although it is used frequently; most Indian cooks keep over twenty-five exotic spices and spice blends in their kitchens. Vegetarian dishes are most of the far in South India because they are grown bountifully, and in many areas, therefore also cheap; however, vegetable dishes are also cooked wonderfully. In Northern India you’re likely to eat more grain based and meat dishes, seasoned just as well as vegetable dishes found South India. Some examples of North Indian cuisine are specialties like Parsi Dhan Sak, which is chicken or lamp, that has been cooked with lentils, or pomfret, which is Indian salmon.

MunnarWhen traveling in India, whether from city to city, or staying in one area, usually, it’s a good idea to rent a vehicle, unless you plan on shopping in unpaved or no-vehicle areas, like street markets, or a row of vendors. Public transportation in large cities such as Mumbai are ill-advised, however, in other smaller cities, it can be safer. Riding a bicycle or walking is a good idea, so long as you travel in daylight, and not for long distances in the heat. Hotels in India are also the best places to stay; there are rooms for travelers of every size budget as well. Staying in guesthouses or in the homes of others is a little less than ideal because of the risk, unless they are personal friends.