Backpacking Through Mysticism — India

Backpacking Through Mysticism — India

The West has always been intrigued with India and to find out the reasons, you have to be there to feel (not see!) it. India’s mysticism is felt in its rich diversity in colors, cultures, people, languages, geographical terrain, and economic disparity. This is a land of disparity and it is only this disparity that keeps the country alive.

Geographical diversity
In your road trips across the length and breadth of the country you will come across hills, forests, deserts, immense rivers, great sea coasts, swamps and mangroves, small out-of-the-world villages, express highways, muddy and potholed roads, huge forts and palaces, luxury hotels, skyscrapers, shanties and slums, small impoverished living quarters, development and backwardness, and everything else that you can imagine – or cannot.

Mode of transport
The best way to travel in India is to prepare an itinerary of your travel plans. This will help you to plan in advance and thoroughly. One of the greatest advantages of traveling in India is the immense density and proliferation of the railway network,you can reach almost any corner of the country at the cheapest prices. Even if you decide to book the most expensive train compartment, its price will be cheaper than most of the cheaper modes of transport across the globe. The railways are like the arteries and veins of any skeletal system with its elaborate networks and additional services like waiting rooms, dormitories, and cafeterias.
The capillaries that served this vast network of arteries and veins are the buses and vans of every conceivable shape and size. They are strong, hardy, rusted, uncomfortable, and luxurious – whatever the combinations you can think of. Other alternative to your travel plans could be auto rickshaws, jeeps, and even elephants and camels.

Places of interest
The places to visit are also plenty—Kashmir, including Leh and Ladakh for its natural beauty (remember, it is called “Paradise on Earth”); the Golden Temple of Amritsar, the Wagah Border, and the well-planned city of Chandigarh are popular tourist attractions. Delhi and Agra are famous for their Muslim-era architectural marvels like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Old Fort, Tughlakabad Fort, Qtub Minar, Agra Fort, and the exotic Taj Mahal. The land of the royals – Rajasthan – is quite a treat to the visitors with its share of forts and lakes, as is the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat; the cave temples of Khajuraho and Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh.

Taste of its own
The list of places to visit while in India is endless! It would also remain incomplete if no mention is made of the cuisines that are unique to every single place on the map of India. Every place has a distinct taste of its own; be it the saro-ka-saag and makai-ki-roti or aloo-ke-parathe with pickles from Punjab; the litthi-chokha of Bihar and Jharkhand; the innumerable varieties of sweets and dessert from West Bengal; the steaming momos of the North-East; the dal-bati-churma of Rajasthan; or the Biryani of Hydrabad, and the dosa, idli, sambhar from the Southern India. The one item that is commonly found in every part of the country is tea in earthen cups (kullhar). So, say ‘namaste’ and embrace the feeling that is India!

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