Posted on 03/03/2018

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20 Reasons to discover India in 2018

India is a destination that every traveller should go to at some point. Check out our reasons why you should book a flight and head out to this beautiful country this year.

The incredible wildlife

India has a very rich and diverse wildlife. The country boasts many beautiful national parks. Tourists can go on wildlife-watching excursions to see tigers, elephants, rhinos and many more exotic animals. Notable parks include Ranthambore, Pench and Bandhavgarh. - Vaclav Volrab/123RF

Beautiful hiking trails

If you love hiking then India is the perfect place for you. This country is a hiker's paradise and there are a good number of hiking trails in The Himalayas. Not an experienced hiker? Not a problem! The trails are not just for experts as varying levels of difficulty allow this activity to be accessible to all. Some of the most scenic hiking trails include Roopkund in Uttarakhand, Pin Parvati Pass in Himachal Pradesh and Hemkund and Valley of Flowers in Garhwal. - Artit Wongpradu/123RF

Boat rides in Varanasi

Varanasi is considered to be a holy place in India. The best way to explore this fascinating place is to take an early morning boat ride down the Ganges and watch the sunrise. - Boris Stroujko/123RF

Indian Architecture

Indian architecture has evolved through countless centuries due to the influence of different rulers and civilisations. A popular area with beautiful architecture is The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state. The caves consist of 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The caves include paintings and sculptures that figure the Buddha and depict the Jakata tales. - Olena Tur/123RF

Tea

India is one of the largest tea growers in the world. Stroll through one of the many tea plantations in the morning and observe the wildlife. The spectacular scenery of the Himalayan foothills can be seen in some of the plantations. If you consider yourself to be a tea lover take the opportunity to stay on a tea estate and tour the tea factories. - Volodymyr Goinyk/123RF

The amazing food

Indian cuisine is delicious and available all over the world. However, there's nothing quite like going there and tasting it for yourself. India offers an amazing range of food and there are many regional dishes to be discovered. Some popular dishes are Rogan Josh, Dosa and Naan Bread. - Joshua Resnick/123RF

The chaos

We've all heard about how mad and chaotic India can be but there's nothing quite like experiencing it for yourself. Step out onto the streets and you will see cows roaming freely, rickshaws and people everywhere, especially in the cities. Embracing the chaos would give you a very open and genuine experience of India. - Anton Yankovyi/123RF

Paragliding in Solang Valley

There are no words to describe soaring through the sky and overlooking the beautiful views in Solang Valley. The best time for Paragliding in Solang Valley is from April to December on a clear sunny day. - joemat/123RF

The beaches

Does relaxing on the beach, reading a book and soaking up the sun sound like your cup of tea? Then India's the place for you because the beaches are where it's happening. The best Indian beaches can be found on the west coast. Indian beaches are scenic and the variety ranges from beaches that calm are calm and quiet to popular party beaches. - saiko3p/123

The music

Music is a very important part of Indian culture and Indian music comes with a wide range of traditions and regional styles. There are dozens of music festivals in India that cater for both an Indian and an international audience. - Nila Newsom/123RF

Watch a game of cricket

India is renowned for its cricket and it's a strong part of Indian culture. There are some admirable cricket grounds in most of the main cities but if you consider yourself to be a big cricket fan and want to treat yourself head to the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala. - Aliaksandr Mazurkevich/123RF

The railway

Travelling around India by train is a unique and captivating experience. India has an incredible railway system and travelling by train is a cheap and comfortable way to get around the country. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway that winds through the narrow streets of Darjeeling has been rated by many. - Dmitry Rukhlenko/123RF

It's cheap

It's very cheap to travel around India. Hiring a taxi driver for a day or two is affordable and will give you a lot of flexibility. Accommodation is very affordable and top attraction places such as the Taj Mahal costs about 16 to enter. - Gerold Grotelueschen/123RF

The adventure

A trip to India is guaranteed adventure and adventure tourism is growing in India due to its natural landscape and geographical features. If you're up for a real adventure why not try mountain biking on an exciting route between Manali and Himalaya or explore some beautiful caves in Meghalaya? - Marina Pissarova /123RF

Yoga

It's no surprise that India is a fast-growing wellness tourism destination. This beautiful country is the birth place of yoga and many go there to deepen their yoga practice and to find new parts of themselves. - Marina Pissarova/123RF

Festivals

India is renowned for the non-stop festivals that run throughout the year. Some of these festivals are religious, others celebrate the seasons and some are about well-known Indian stories. Notable festivals are The Diwali Festival of Light and The Holi Festival of Colour. - kruhs/123RF

The people

There's nothing quite like Indian hospitality and being able to meet and engage with the local people would add a unique edge to your holiday. Indian locals are known for being warm and hospitable. In India you are likely to be invited into the homes of people you interact with. - donyanedomam/123RF

Dance

Indian dance is very expressive and a large part of India's history, culture and religion. Dance forms like Kathakali, Bharatnatyam, Kathak have been recommended to check out while visiting India. - Olena Yakobchuk/123RF

You can stay in a palace

Many of India's former palaces have been converted into extravagant hotels. Experience this country in a very unique and exquisite way and stay in a place that was once home to an Indian royal. - donyanedomam /123RF

It's a life-changing experience

Last but not least a trip to India in 2018 is a life-changing experience. Whether it's the wildlife, the delicious food or the amazing architecture every day is a new and exciting adventure. Many that have gone to India and have come back saying that their life has been changed forever. Take the opportunity to experience something incredible this year and book a holiday to India. - Yavuz Sariyildiz/123RF