India is a fascinating and complex destination. It is a country with an abundance of rich history and culture, breathtaking architecture, and ancient religions and traditions that are still very much alive today!
The streets of India are alive with the hustle and bustle of humanity. You will discover street carts with fragrant curries, vendors selling brightly colored saris, and plenty of children running around and laughing. 1.2 billion people live in this multi-faceted country which contains everything from glistening skyscrapers and gorgeous mansions to dilapidated slums and rural villages. This is a place you need to visit to understand, but once you do — you will never forget it!
What are some of the misconceptions that many people have about India before they visit and explore the country for themselves?
When you think of India you might picture a hot climate. However, it is not extremely hot everywhere. India is a huge country with a wide range of geographical conditions. There are high altitude mountain regions where you are going to need a jacket and you might even see snow!
Don’t assume everyone in India has the same religion. Yes, it is true that approximately 80% of the people in India are Hindu. However, India is also home to Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Zoroastrians, Jains, and Atheists. With so many people in India, there is a naturally a wide range of different religions. Knowing this will enrich your travel experience, as you will be able to visit some truly stunning religious buildings.
Yes, it is true that there is a lot of poverty in India. As you walk through the streets of one of the major cities such as Delhi or Mumbai you will see barefooted beggars living in squalid conditions on the streets and in rickety slums. However, there is also significant wealth in India. In fact, India has more multi-millionaires than Russia, Australia, and France. There are 14,800 multi millionaires in India and the highest number of them live in Mumbai. India is home to both rich and poor people — with a huge divide in between.
Another one of the most common misconceptions in India is that Indian women only wear traditional clothing, such as colorful saris and kurtas (a long top and pants set). However, this is not true either. You will see more women wearing traditional clothing in the smaller communities or rural areas, but in the cities, the fashion is much more cosmopolitan. You will see women dressed like they are in Paris, London, or New York, wearing chic dresses, skirts, jeans, and high heels. The traditional clothing may only be reserved for special functions such as weddings.
These are just a few of the most common misconceptions that many people have about India. These myths will be shattered as soon as you explore this beautiful and fascinating country for yourself! To see India through your own eyes, contact us about our unforgettable trips.