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  • Hey, do you have any plans for your next vacation?

  • How about seeing India?

  • Hold on now!

  • Just because it might feel like it's a world away (both figuratively and literally!), that

  • doesn't mean it isn't a tourist-friendly country.

  • And more importantly, a trip to India won't cost you nearly as much as you'd think!

  • _____ But first, you didn't think I'd talk about

  • India and not mention the majestic Taj Mahal, did you?

  • This famous Indian landmark has been one of the Seven Wonders of the World for quite some

  • time, and seeing this architectural marvel in-person makes it pretty clear why.

  • The construction was commissioned in 1632, and it's believed that it took up to 21

  • years to complete the entire project.

  • I know you've heard of this monument, but did you know that it's a mausoleum?

  • Yeah, the emperor at that time, Shah Jahan, had this marble structure built to house the

  • tomb of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

  • Kinda sad she never got to see this ivory masterpiece built just for her.

  • _____ Since we're on the topic, here's a fun

  • fact: there was an infamous Indian conman who repeatedlysolddifferent landmarks

  • in the country, including the Taj Mahal and the Parliament House of India!

  • He was arrested as many as 9 times but somehow managed to escape from prison multiple times.

  • During his final escape, he was already 84 years old.

  • Aside from the fact that he was breaking the law, ya gotta admit, that's kind of impressive!

  • _____ Anyway, some tourists hope to avoid the crowds

  • at major tourist attractions like the Taj Mahal and prefer to take the road less traveled.

  • However, alone time might be hard to come by in India.

  • With around 51 births every minute (that's over 73,000 a day!), this country has one

  • of the fastest-growing populations in the world.

  • Roughly half of India's population is under the age of 25, also making it one of the world's

  • youngest populations.

  • India alone holds more people than the entire Western Hemisphere, and with so many people

  • comes a colorful tapestry of cultures, religions, and languages, which brings me to my next

  • point… _____

  • There are about 780 languages spoken in India, but some sources put it in the thousands.

  • Whatever the case, only 22 have been recognized as official languages.

  • Good thing English is in the mix too!

  • India has one of the largest numbers of English-speaking people in the world, 2nd only to the US.

  • This means you can enjoy this super diverse country without needing a translation app

  • on your phone each time you wanna stop for lunch or buy a souvenir.

  • _____ Oh, that's right!

  • Your smartphone is obviously your closest traveling companion because, let's face

  • it, taking pictures is probably the easiest way to document your adventures abroad.

  • You'll be happy to know that cell service and mobile Internet is very cheap in India.

  • So, there's one reason why your trip won't cost you nearly as much as you'd think.

  • You can share every experience and discovery with your friends and family back home without

  • breaking your budget.

  • That alone should put this fascinating country at the top of your bucket list of places to

  • visit! _____

  • Ok, now for another reason India won't leave you with moths flying out of your wallet:

  • the food there is so cheap!

  • Check it out: if you go to a restaurant and order a whole meal with chicken or even fish,

  • your bill could be as little as $1!

  • As for a cup of tea, it'll cost you about 20 cents.

  • I mean, can you imagine filling your belly for under 5 bucks?

  • Sign me up!

  • Given that you'll be saving so much on dining, you can dedicate more of that limited budget

  • to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, something that India offers in abundance

  • _____ Actually, one of these is the food itself.

  • In case you haven't heard of the Land of Spices, India produces around 70% of the world's

  • supply.

  • That means each authentic local meal will be an adventure itself!

  • Hopefully your stomach will be strong enough to tackle the rich variety of flavors!

  • And for those of you with sensitive taste buds, here's a pro tip: take small bites

  • to test the intensity of the spice before biting off more than you can handle!

  • _____ I also have some good news for traveling vegetarians

  • that may be hesitant about the availability of meals suited for your dietary needs.

  • India is also well known for being a vegetarian-friendly country.

  • This is partially thanks to religious beliefs, but it's mostly just a personal choice there

  • out of respect for living beings.

  • A State of the Nation Survey in 2006 showed that up to 31% of the Indian population is

  • vegetarian, and another 9% do eat eggs but no forms of meat.

  • So enjoying local cuisine isn't reserved only for meat-eaters.

  • Like I said before, this is a diverse country with enough variety to suit anybody!

  • _____ Did you think I forgot about you, sports lovers?

  • Well, if you love sports as much as experiencing new cultures, watching a live cricket match

  • can be a way to enjoy both.

  • Cricket is the most popular sport in the country, much like soccer in Europe or football in

  • the US.

  • So why not get your hands on a ticket to a local game, pack a picnic basket, and spend

  • the day outdoors among locals to get a taste of true Indian sport culture!

  • _____ The Ganges River provides another outdoor

  • activity for nature lovers while still keeping the focus on experiencing the culture.

  • The Ganges is the longest river in India and serves as a hub of activity in this country.

  • This activity includes dolphin-watching as the Ganges Dolphin is unique to this river.

  • Unfortunately, their numbers are drastically decreasing due to increasing pollution.

  • Let's hope environmentalists can find a way to protect these creatures for future

  • generations to enjoy when visiting India! _____

  • Again, you can't talk about India without mentioning one of the many massive ceremonies

  • that take place there.

  • One of the most popular is the Kumbh Mela gathering, which is so big that it's visible

  • from space!

  • Kumbh Mela is the two-month mass pilgrimage of those of Hindu faith to bathe in the Ganges.

  • The host city of Allahabad welcomed a staggering 120 million visitors in 2013 and a whopping

  • 30 million on a single day!

  • Even if you're not into crowds, you should still try to buck up and witness this incredible

  • event.

  • I mean, at least you'll be able to say you were present at the world's largest gathering

  • of people! Bragging rights! _____

  • Kumbh Mela is one of many festivals celebrated in the Indian culture, but the brightest has

  • to be the color festival Holi.

  • It celebrates love, the start of spring and end of winter, and the triumph of good over

  • evil in a very delightful way.

  • People take to the streets to drench each other with water and colored powder.

  • Everyone celebrates together in a spectacular display of good humor and, of course, lots

  • of color!

  • Now, I'm not usually one for a crowd, but this just seems too good to miss!

  • _____ As a matter of fact, color plays a very important

  • role in Indian culture.

  • It's apparent from the traditional clothes, festivals, local cuisine, and even their currency!

  • Yes, with a handful of rupees, you'll quickly see their bright colors and variations in

  • sizes.

  • Even if the notes' designers didn't do it on purpose, they seem to symbolically celebrate

  • the diversity of this nation.

  • Indian bills also have Braille markings so that blind people can read their values.

  • How considerate! _____

  • Another fun fact on the topic of Indian money: it's illegal for foreigners to take rupees

  • in or out of the country.

  • Sorry for the bad news to any of you coin collectors that like to keep different types

  • of money as a souvenir from your travels.

  • So, yeah, not just a fun fact but one you should take note of to avoid any trouble with

  • local authorities!

  • There's no limit on the amount of foreign currency you can bring with you on your visit,

  • as long as you declare any amount over 5,000 US dollars in cash.

  • But, then again, who's carrying that kinda cash on them anyway?

  • _____ Now, Queen fans might be aware of this tidbit,

  • but let's see if you are!

  • Did you know that the iconic band's frontman Freddy Mercury was of Indian descent?

  • His name at birth was Farrokh Bulsara, and both of his parents were from Bombay!

  • Mercury himself, of course, was born in Tanzania, but still!

  • _____ From beautiful music to beautiful people,

  • India has the highest number of winners for the Miss World competition with a total of

  • six!

  • Only Venezuela has produced the same amount of title-holders since the beauty pageant's

  • start in 1951.

  • The most recent Indian Miss World was Manushi Chhillar in 2017.

  • So in addition to the delicious food and fun festivals, you'll also be in the presence

  • of people whose beauty is recognized worldwide! _____

  • If you get tired of the hustle and bustle, you could also take a day and kick back with

  • some old-school board games.

  • You familiar with Chutes and Ladders?

  • Well, this popular classic dates back to ancient Indian times and was known as 'Moksha Patam'.

  • It made its way to England, where it was sold as Snakes and Ladders.

  • The name changed to the one we know today when it was first introduced to the US.

  • The idea of the game was to teach kids the difference between good virtues and bad vices,

  • represented by the ladders and shoots respectively.

  • Thanks for the good childhood memories, India!

  • So, would you like to go to India?

  • Let me know down in the comments, along with any other fascinating facts you know about

  • this country!

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    jeremy.wang posted on 2020/05/06
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