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8 Mind Blowing Reasons You Should Visit India This Year

So you’re thinking of visiting India? Here are 8 reasons why saying yes to any and every offer to go to India is the right thing to do. These reasons are suggested and written by both locals and tourists

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#1 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Rishikesh

The first time I traveled there was 1970, when I stayed for 6 months in the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru of the Beatles and guru of Deepak Chopra. Meditating in that holy place in Rishikesh, India was a deeply spiritual experience that changed my life dramatically. India is where you can find amazing human beings who have realized who they really are and have attained a state of higher consciousness.

Visiting these holy men and women is an incredibly inspirational and deeply moving experience. They exude so much love. It’s a divine love that is far beyond our average human capacity to love. When you are in the presence of a holy person, you absorb that love energy by osmosis, and it changes you. It makes you a better person. It inspires you to be all you can be, and it lifts and expands your consciousness. There are untold benefits to being in the presence of the great saints of India.

Contributors: Susan Shumsky from DrSusan

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#2 Sights, Sounds and Smells

There is a pulsating energy here that is not to be missed. Nothing prepares you for India; the sights, the sounds, the smells are a complete attack on your senses. The complexities and utter chaos are overwhelming; with a population of 1.3 billion, you can imagine the number of cars, rickshaws and motorcycles sharing the road with a vast community of cows.

It’s not unusual to see an occasional camel or horse pulling a cart either, but somehow it works. Sensory overload is a given, but once I looked past the chaos I found Jaipur to be as intoxicating as it was overwhelming.  Although this weather-beaten ‘pink city’ now glows in a soft shade of salmon, my visit was quite an enlightening experience which I’ll never forget. I found the people kind, the history fascinating, and the cultural landmarks inspiring.

Contributors: Denise Foley from DeniseFoley

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#3 Stay at the hotel with sweeping views of one of the Taj Mahal

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra enjoys an unrivalled position amongst luxury hotels in Agra, being located just 600 meters from the iconic Taj Mahal. Each of the rooms affords uninterrupted views of this ancient monument, while elements of the layout and design pay homage to its Mughal splendor. By day, guests can travel in our private golf buggies to the Taj Mahal. At night, they can savor a candlelit dinner beside its silhouette.

Contributors: Ilana Maurer from Lou Hammond Group

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#4 Inexpensive

India is so cheap you can practically live there for a year without earning a salary.

OK, this may not be literally true, and you need a visa: but it was true for me, as I was given free accommodation and meals by the Indian Institute of Technology--Bombay. If, heaven forbid, I were ever about to become homeless, I would spend my last dollars buying a plane ticket to India, because U.S. dollars go so far there.  And the weather in Mumbai while I was there (except for a monsoon that killed 1,000 people) was near-perfect.

Contributors: Jonathan Farley from Peren Linn Fashion

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#5 Taj Mahal

Anyone who can should see the Taj Mahal. When I left, I wanted to back away from it, so I could keep it in my sight for as long as possible. It is even more amazing than in pictures.

Contributors: Jonathan Farley from Peren Linn Fashion

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#6 Indian regional cuisines

One billion people have more than one cuisine. A lot of foreigners think of Indian food as being relatively uniform: tandoori chicken, tikka masala, maybe saag paneer or a dosa. But traveling around India reveals that each region has its own unique cuisine, with its own delicious traditional dishes. I'm partial to the seafood dishes of Calcutta on the east coast and Goa on the west. Try the mustard curry fish and the crab vindaloo respectively.

Contributors: Max Kornblith from Kornblith

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#7 Learn Traditional Indian Cooking at The Lodhi – New Delhi, India

An urban oasis located in India's capital, The Lodhi is the ideal basecamp for exploring the vibrant city. Bring a taste of India back home with you, and surprise your family and friends, with an authentic home-cooked meal after an 'Indian Cooking Session' in The Lodhi kitchens. With the guidance and assistance of our Master Chef, you will get to do all the cooking yourself. The interactive session will teach you a full Indian menu of 2 starters, 2 main course dishes and 1 dessert, followed by lunch at 'Elan' where you get a chance to taste the food you have prepared. To end, you will be given all the recipes and helpful cooking tips so you can carry your new skills back home with you.

Contributors: Gabrielle Boyd from Victoria King Public Relations

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#8 Relax in calming New Chandigarh with a five day wellness retreat

Relax in calming New Chandigarh with a new five-day wellness retreat: Internationally acclaimed Ayurvedic Dr. Robert Svoboda (PhD) will be leading a three-day wellness retreat at The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa, Siswan Forest Range, New Chandigarh from September 29 - October 1, 2018.

Over three days at The Oberoi Sukhvilas, Dr. Svoboda will lead guests on The Path from Upavasa to Sukh. Upavasa is a Sanskrit word meaning to be near oneself and sukh means good space. By spending time in upavasa, one can attain an abundance of sukh, and consequently, experience long-term well-being and happiness.

Contributors: Ilana Maurer from Lou Hammond Group

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