- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Go to India
India is a Huge Country
India is a vast country that's just over one-third of the size of the United States. Much of it is rural, and there are some incredible sights to be seen and discovered. To the north, there are the Himalayas. To the south, beaches. To the west, desert. And to the east, tribal territory.
India is a Great Value Destination
India is often thought of as a backpacker destination with grotty hotel rooms and dirt everywhere. Let me assure you that this definitely isn't the reality. You can travel as cheaply or as lavishly as you want in India, and that's definitely part of its appeal as a tourist destination. The luxury segment of the market offers some mesmerizing accommodations, such as authentic palace hotels. Alternatively you might prefer a quaint guesthouse or homestay. Options, such as these top budget hotels in India, abound. These days, even the backpacker hostels in India are modern, clean, and welcoming!
There's a saying in India, "Athithi Devo Bhava", which means "the guest is God". Indians consider it a huge honor to have guests in their home, and go out of their way to please them. There's nothing like Indian hospitality. And, as a result of the growing popularity of homestays in India, there are plenty of opportunities to experience it. Many homestays are far from the humble abodes you may expect too!
Your Perspective Will Be Broadened
India is place that everyone should visit once in their lives to get out of their comfort zones and get a different perspective on life. The culture shock in India can be hard to deal with. However, you'll quickly come to appreciate what you have back home and how fortunate you really are. It's impossible to leave India the same person as when you arrived. It will change you, for better or worse.
Not All Places in India are "Unsafe"
Unfortunately, India has receive a lot of negative publicity recently in regards to women's safety. Admittedly, India can be an uncomfortable country for foreign female tourists. However, the good news is that some parts of India are much more tourist friendly than others. In that regard, south India is often said to be better than north India, and based on my experience it is true. I'm hassled much less there than in north India. Tamil Nadu, in particular, is a recommended destination for females.