45 Reasons Why I Love India

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It’s not a secret that I had a hard time in India. However, I truly enjoyed two months. It is a strong love and hate relationship. From New Delhi to Kolkata, Shimla to the Thar Desert, India offers diverse landscape, climate, and cultures. Some sites were the most amazing place I’ve ever seen, while the heat was melting me down. It is not the easiest place to live, but it is truly a place like no other. Here are 45 simple reasons why I loved two months in India.

 

1. India is really incredible

2. The simplicity of having thali and chai every day

 

Chai in India

 

3. Made me appreciate clean water more than ever

4. Masala chai

5. Rishikesh is a sanctuary for every traveler

 

Rishikesh was one of the only places in India I felt comfortable

Rishikesh was one of the only places in India I felt comfortable

 

6. Living cost is really cheap: sometimes a private room only costs 300 Rs (5 USD), and thali is usually 60 Rs (1 USD)

7. I get to wear baggy pants

 

Riding train in India

 

8. Culture shock at Varanasi

9. Thar Dessert of Rajasthan

 

Thar Desert  of Rajasthan

Majestic Thar Desert – Rajasthan, India

 

10. Indian Railway is connecting this country pretty well

11. Indian people usually enjoy when I asked to take their pictures

12. 3G data is cheap

13. Seeing the Ganges River (no matter how dirty it is, it was great to see how people cherished their experience with the contact)

14. If you like lentils and beans, India is your heaven

 

Bathing in the Ganges River - Varanasi, India

Bathing in the Ganges River – Varanasi, India

 

15. Fort architecture

16. Punjabi food: especially chicken curry

17. You can ride a camel across the desert

18. Land crossing is possible to Bhutan, Nepal, and Bangladesh

19. Bengali cuisine: the best mutton curry I’ve ever had

 

Bengali food - prawn and fish

Bengali food in Kolkata – prawn and fish

 

20. Bengali sweets (milk bar!)

21. From the Himalayas to the beach, India is huge

22. Bodh Gaya: where Buddha got his enlightenment

23. Mangoes are some of the best I’ve ever had

 

Mahabodhi Temple - where Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha,the Enlightened One

Mahabodhi Temple – where Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha,the Enlightened One

 

24. It is a place like no other: I haven’t seen any place like India (good and bad), and I doubt that I will ever see such place.

25. Extreme luxury is available, with relatively low cost – we had high tea at the Imperial Hotel for about 800Rs (12+ USD) per person

26. India has been the best place to take portraits

27. There’s a lot of nice looking birds

28. The whole country is colorful

 

A hindu pilgrim in Dashashwamedh Ghat Varanasi, India

A hindu pilgrim in Dashashwamedh Ghat Varanasi, India

 

29. Onion uttapam, thick and crisp pancake made with onion, is one of the favorite things to eat

30. Sometimes 2 Tier AC train carriage is nicer than hotel rooms

31. Rajasthani men’s mustache

32. Religious diversity

33. Gave me a chance to make this awesome short video of Rajasthani turban

 

How to put Rajasthani Turban on from Runaway Juno on Vimeo.

 

34. Black face monkey (gray langur)

 

Black face monkey (gray langur)

Black face monkey (gray langur)

 

35. Tricycle ride is fun

36. You can buy a perpetual calendar (I totally did)

37. Colorful Hindu temples and statues

38. Most of the people speak English

39. Tailor-made clothes are cheap and straight forward

 

Getting a tailor made suit in Delhi, India

Getting a tailor made suit in Delhi, India

 

40. It’s easy to practice yoga and meditation

41. A lot of good looking doors

42. Looking at the Milky Way in the middle of Thar Desert

43. The view of Blue City (Jodhpur)

44. When I randomly found well-balanced masala chai in the street

45. Sometimes it’s good to see healthy looking cows on the street

 

A cow in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

A cow in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

33 Comments

  1. Bianca says:

    India is one of those places that people are very passionate about. Some people are passionately in love with India, others hate it with a passion.
    India has never been high on my ‘must visit’ list but some of your points have got me thinking.

  2. That’s a good looking cow indeed.

    India lures me for its color… and I love a place more where people love being taken photo of too!

    Oh India huhuhuhu!!

  3. Julia says:

    India scares and intrigues me in equal measure. I will definitely get there one day!

  4. Amy says:

    Sounds like I would love India too!
    It’s been on my plan for ages… I’ll eventually make it there.

  5. Andi says:

    Such a great post and #1 and #2 would be at the top of my list too!!! LOVE India!

  6. Nice post Juno. Sounds like you made sure to find things you enjoyed even when you had a difficult time in India. I loved your pics, especially the Hindu pilgrim and the black-faced monkeys.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Ligeia 🙂

  7. India is a perfect holiday destination and attracts tourists from all around the world to spend their holidays in India. India is a vast country and abode of fabulous blend of diverse culture and rich history. India with its several tourist attractions and attention-grabbing holiday spots never fail to impress its visitors.

  8. Maddy says:

    Thank you for sharing this list of reasons – it’s wonderfully inspiring to see how diverse they are, reflecting the real diversity of the incredible country that is India. I am a huge fan, and have been there several times, twice for six months at a time. There is so much to see, I just love it. It was the first place I ever travelled to, so it has an extra special place in my heart!

    You have inspired me to write a similar list with my own reasons to share when I (hopefully) return this November!

  9. Beth says:

    I really hope to visit India someday. I’m glad you could find some reasons to love India despite the difficulties you had there!

  10. Sarah says:

    Two words sum up my India experience perfectly – MASALA CHAI!!! Glad you had a good time Juno!

    Enjoy the clean water 🙂

  11. I’d love to visit India, despite the negative press it got recently. I was supposed to go to Agr and Delhi for a few days before my trip to Nepal, but I failed to realize that you can’t get a visa on arrival. Oooops!

  12. Way to go for looking on the bright side. I can’t imagine how difficult that would be at times to spend so much time in an area of the world where many people struggle so badly everyday.

    Thanks for sharing your feelings. Where are you off to next? When are you coming though Idaho?

  13. Noel says:

    I guess I need to see these myself. I also like to experience the everyday life in India and meet the people. The local foods are always interesting to explore.

  14. Mark Hodson says:

    You’re making me wish I was back in India. I think every traveller there finds it tough at times – and I’m sure it must be harder for a woman – but the memories and emotions run deep. This is a country that I’ll never forget.

  15. Paul says:

    A friend once told me that “you learn more about yourself travelling in India for three months then you would do in a year somewhere else” After reading your post I’m starting to see what he means!

  16. Sumit Saxena says:

    Hi Juno,

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts about India. It’s really our pleasure to welcome you all again and again.
    Me and one of my friend took an initiative to help tourist to explore India as per their Interest.
    Feel free to reach me if you want me to address something about India.

    Sumit 🙂

  17. Jovi says:

    Why doesnt people ralk about North east India extreme eastern part of the country where diversity itself is immense. The people culture, landscape etc etc is so enchanting. And overall it is different from main part of India as the racial group 60% is mongoloid.

    • Juno Kim says:

      In my opinion, people normally don’t go there because it’s hard to get there. All the international flights are landing on either Delhi or Kolkata, and traveling to the remote areas in India as a foreigner is not that simple. I would like to visit someday.

  18. Jovi says:

    And i think India is not only upto Kolkotta or Bengal. Go beyond that to sikkim, shillong, kohima, etc etc..you would be in bliss for ever.

  19. Love the list! Number 42 is probably my favorite. I love doing this once I actually find myself in a place that is not blocking the sky with outrageous amounts of light pollution. India has definitely been on my list of must-see places for a while. I really look forward to getting there in the future. For now, I will settle for some amazing pictures and neat facts about India. Thank you for the excellent post.

  20. Carol says:

    I just found this site today because of a link on FB for your “Humble Life of the Bushmen” post. I have been intrigued by India for years and I loved reading about it. However, I’d just like to point out, that is not a cow. It’s a bull 🙂

  21. TOHOTA says:

    In India the most beautifull place is Taj Mahal. It is a masterpiece monument and the symbol of love which is located near the banks of the river Yamuna, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Shah Jahan, the great Mughal Emperor in between 1632 and 1653 AD in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal, his beloved wife. It is a mausoleum, which houses the graves of the emperor and her wife. It is completely built in a white marble with an elevation of 561 ft. It is admired as the symbol of love all over the world and is termed as the most beautiful jewel of art in India.

  22. jessica adam says:

    Next time do visit Mumbai when you are in India. One of the coolest place to be.Email me when you do, we organize trips to Rishikesh and Mumbai Tour.

  23. Neha Mehra says:

    Next time whenever you plan for a India trip, don’t forget to visit Mumbai and Goa.You will really love it Kim,it is heaven.
    I am glad you had a great time in my country and i hope you went back to your own country with a happy experience.

  24. Nomadic Foot says:

    such a lovely post and i feel proud to being Indian when i read post like this. thank you for the sharing…

    • Juno Kim says:

      Great to hear that you love this post! India is such a unique destination. I would go back again to experience something different (mid or south India next time).

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