February 16, 2015 goMowgli 0Comment

We think everybody should go around travelling in India, at least once in their lifetime. And no, it is not for the tourist attractions and the amazing food that India has to offer. Travelling in India will change you for the better. And we give you 9 reasons why:

  1. Your stomach gets an immunity shot, for life. Make no mistake about it – India has easily one of the best cuisines in the world. Yet, at some point of your travel in India, your tummy will give way. And hell hath no fury like an Indian curry gone bad. The silver lining is, at the end of it all, you can stomach everything the world has to offer from here on.

    Sample some street food while travelling in India
    Street food tastes best at crowded places. And it is best not to ask too many questions about the origins of the food.
  2. Intrusion of privacy won’t bother you anymore. No matter who you are, you will be stared at by the locals and you will come to understand that it usually does not mean ill intent. You will be showered with a lot of personal questions, starting with your marital status. If you are a foreigner, during your stay in India, you will be made to feel like a celebrity thanks to the countless men and women who want to take your photograph. For you to exacerbate this experience, we recommend a night’s travel in a sleeper class train.

    Travelling in Trains in India
    Train Travel in India is an experience you will remember for a long time. Especially your co-passengers.
  3. You learn to communicate better. India is a large country with countless local languages and the only languages common to all of India are Cricket and Bollywood. English, especially with a foreign accent, is hardly useful beyond the cities while Hindi does not cut it in the in southern part of India. And the problem is compounded with the famous Indian head shake which can mean anything from a ‘No’ to a ‘Maybe’ to a very confident ‘Yes’. This means, you learn to communicate with the subtle nuances of tone, pitch and hand signs mostly throughout your travel in India. Handy skill to have.

    Dance with your heart, while travelling India
    It is not hard to understand us Indians. For we can dance this well.
  4. You learn to negotiate better. For a live demonstration, visit the local market and watch how middle aged Indian ladies negotiate. The thumb rule states that your final offer price should be 50% of the first offer price of the store keeper, unless you are white skinned in which case it is 25%. Needless to say, leave your inhibitions behind while haggling. After all, Indians are usually gregarious and pretty hard to offend.

    Fruit Seller in an Indian Market
    Behind that welcoming smile hides a shrewd negotiator. You need to bring your A game to get a good price for those fruits.
  5. It helps you understand contradictions. This is a country leading the world to a new age while it is firmly stuck in time. There is every reason for this country to fail, yet it works somehow, just like the traffic here. There will be times during your travel in India which will inspire you while others will shock you. At the end of your travelling in India, you will finally understand how structure and order perfectly coexist with chaos and randomness.

    The Crazy Indian Street Experience
    A method to the madness: the traffic on India’s street is a case in example of how things somehow manage to work in India.
  6. You learn to take life as it comes along. Murphy must certainly have been an Indian for no plan goes to plan while travelling in India. The reasons can be many, ranging from the obvious vehicle breakdowns and travel agent miscommunication to the more amusing ones like this. All you need to do is to believe that a magical hand often makes things work in India. Or even better, read point 7

    Take it easy while you travel in India
    Dance like no one’s watching while you travel in India. Or do a headstand. Do anything, as long as it’s silly.
  7. You learn to be ingenious. In local lingo, you learn to do ‘Jugaad’. The reason why India is one of the emerging economic power houses of the world is the inexplicable knack of the people to make things work… somehow. Mixing with the locals while travelling within India will have this innate quality rub off on you. Trust us, you will need it. Else how will you arrange a sleeping berth for yourself on an overbooked train compartment?

    Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole has temples with ceilings like these
    Think about it. They built such ceilings with basic tools 1,500 years ago. Indian Ingenuity at work again.
  8. You learn to appreciate people better. You will meet all types for sure. There will be free riding beggars to the really needy hardworking ones. From the xenophobic to the friendly unsolicited advice givers. The ones who make you feel like pulling your hair out and the ones who truly humble you. No matter who you are, travelling in India and interacting with the locals will leave a lasting impression on you. After all, this is your chance to interact with 1/6th of humanity all at the same time.

    The innumerable smiling faces you will meet while travelling in India
    You are never far away from a smile and a warm heart while travelling in India. And people are what makes travel truly memorable.
  9. Perspective. All of the above 8 learnings can be encapsulated in this one word. Travelling in India prepares you for life. There is a reason why everybody from the Rudyard Kipling to The Beatles travelled around India.  It is the same reason why Elizabeth Gilbert chose to travel in India to write her famous book. You will learn so many things here while being on the road, which no university degree can give you. Ultimately, India will teach you that life is a beautiful adventure that you can make happen.

    Find salvation while travelling in India
    Travelling in India will help you discover yourself. And sets you up for a journey called life.

If you are reading till here, you sure seem excited by the prospect of travelling in India. And when you choose to do so, we recommend you travel with goMowgli on one of our passes. We promise an authentic Indian experience like no other.

Photo Credits: We have used a few photographs from Wikipedia and other online sources with appropriate usage rights.

The post 9 reasons why you should go travelling in India – Backpacking India Blog Series 01 appeared first on goMowgli Hop on Hop off Tour Bus.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *