It would be an understatement to label India as the textbook definition of 'diversity.' India is diverse! Even the things that attract guests to our beloved nation are many in kind. Be it the festivals or be it the year-long beach party that is Goa, India has attracted folks from all walks of life.
Uncertain as it is whether we should be proud of this or not, but because of the low currency exchange rate, it is also an economic trip for most of the folks who visit our lovely country. However, there are many pointers about the Indian experience that have reeled in travelers from all over the globe. Some have been amused, some have simply fallen in love with the vibrancy with which the country breathes unanimously.
The food, the mood, the indigenous culture, the individualism with which India has blended in influences from all corners of the world, maybe, foreigners find intimacy and a piece of homeliness in India. Here are 15 reasons why India attracts immigrants from near and afar.
Indian cuisine may be notorious for lighting the tummies of unsuspecting patrons on fire. However, that has never stopped foreigners from doing away with the classy cutlery and digging their fingers deep in the tempting assortment of chutneys and curries and bhajis. Be it the kulchas or naans with the paneer tikka, or the common street food like vada pav and chutney, our friends from across the globe can't get enough.
India's history throughout ages paints a huge, epic journey. The reins of the country have passed from dynasty to dynasty and been lost to colonization as well. All of it has attracted scholarly visitors.
Like every country, India has unique rituals for greeting guests regardless of whether they are formal or informal. Indians dig deep and go into garish traditions that put an element of surprise for those who are expecting a bucolic experience but not grandiose garlands and potpourri rained like confetti!
Goes without saying that Bollywood has seeped into nooks and crannies of our lives and motivated our styles, mannerisms, ideologies in a certain way. The idolization of such a rich, melodramatic culture into everyday life can only happen in India, and it attracts many to study the people and culture from an anthropological aspect.
The geography of India does her proud in terms of diversity as well. Be it the backwaters of Kerala or the high-altitude ride to Leh-Ladakh, India is a common haunt for foreign thrill seekers.
Indian rituals such as the marriage traditions and the gusto with which they arecelebrated have been captured in art media several times. Needless to say, it has intrigued soon-to-be-married heartthrobs into making this their honeymoon destination. Some celebrities came all the way down here to get married in Indian fashion; they put up guests and the ceremony at some Indian fort or palace for the magnificence.
India has provided Nobel laureates and those who were granted Knighthood, in Amartya Sen and Rabindranath Tagore. India had also given the world a musical stalwart in Pandit Ravi Shankar who won over the West with his stint at Woodstock Festival!
India had one of the seven wonders of the world sitting in Agra, and then some like the Ajanta-Ellora caves and the Khajuraho Temple, which attract the patrons of art like bees to honey.
There are people who study Indian linguistics and behavioral patterns such as the way we drink our tea, or how we nod our head or use our hand to enunciate; or even something as commonplace of how different our lavatory systems equipped with hygiene faucets are compared to the paper towel conclusion of western bathrooms!
Regardless of our currency exchange valuation, the world economic market looks at India respectfully given the stake the sub-continent has in it. Our industrialists have long expanded their reach to the far side of the globe, and more and more MNC workers are migrating to India and settling down comfortably in our cities.
India has started its very own Ivy League, and it is no secret how many big brains from India have changed the world for the better, and still are on a daily basis. The Indian curriculum may be famous for unrealistic targets set for the students, however, those who have survived the crucible and gone abroad to spread the good word about India, are no less than Kohinoor diamonds!
India has been wrongfully touted as just the land of snake-charmers and curly-toed shoe aficionados. However, the country which was always shrouded in mystery and appeared like a nation for heretic cults by Hollywood, served a curve ball to many guests when they landed here to realize how wrong they were.
India is also known for a diverse ecosystem with some rare and near-extinct species as well such as the Royal Bengal Tiger, the Rhinoceroses who are in the north-eastern sanctuaries, etc. Jim Corbett's novels have done wonders to promote our safari to animal and nature lovers alike.
India's country areas or non-urban areas still lack proper means of education. Foreigners with philanthropic as well as interests in helping the impoverished have flown in numerous times to spend weeks in the projects, making a difference not many of us residents have committed to.
Truth to be told, there have been glaring incidents where foreigners have been ripped off by the Indian flea market traders or coolies or taxi drivers. However, without drawing a parallel with similar activities in other oriental countries, the Indian tourism board, with the help of thinking man's actor Aamir Khan, spearheaded the effort to making it a safe and secure trip for our foreign friends.