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5 Reasons to Start Planning a Trip to India
1. The Tigers
They are big, beautiful and endangered, but travelers can still see tigers in India
in the wild. There may be as few as 3,200 wild tigers left in existence, with an estimated 3,800 remaining in India. Three tiger subspecies (Bali, Javan and Caspian) have already gone extinct and a fourth (the South China tiger) the next on the brink. Illegal poaching is the primary cause of the tiger's decline, driven by black market demand for tiger skins, bones and organs. The wild tiger once roamed throughout much of Asia. Today, this magnificent cat remains in just 7% of its original habitat. Shrinking tiger habitat is becoming increasingly fragmented due to encroachment by commercial uses and expanding human populations around tiger habitat.
2. There is more to India than the Taj Mahal
Everyone goes on tours to India
for the Taj Mahal but few know about the Chambal River Sanctuary, located nearby. It is a world apart from the famous mausoleum; visitors can float down an relatively untouched river searching for crocodiles and river dolphins, then go back to a lodge set next to a family farm.
These experiences provide travelers with unforgettable interactions with remote villagers and destinations, including the ability to discover and learn about the wildlife and spectacular wilderness scenery that often gets overshadowed by the abundance of temples, historic forts and palaces. Most travelers will experience an unexpected religious festival and celebration as part of their journey; and going with a seasoned guide to interpret the celebration makes it all the more wondrous.
There are 17 international and 115 domestic airports in India, which makes getting around the country easier than ever. More unique experiences and remote destinations are opening up to visitors.
3. There are more English speakers in India that all of western Europe
Not only does India embrace visitors with its sights and sounds, but the people are not shy and will welcome you with open arms and usually, in English. About a quarter of Indians speak two languages and another 200 million plus speak more.
And there are 1.2 billion friendly faces to meet. As more and more Indians travel within their own country due to the rising middle class, travelers will encounter locals throughout their journey. Indians are also very proud of their culture and their country and enjoy sharing their celebrations, festivals, art and food with travelers which can lead to long lasting friendships, one of the best souvenirs of any journey.
4. There is a growing appreciation of sustainable tourism
Ecotourism is growing within India, thanks to the increased interest in wildlife viewing, and the country’s system of 80 national parks and 441 nature sanctuaries that protect and conserve India’s wildlife.
Participating in local community tourism initiatives that invest back into the community, staying at locally owned and operated ‘havelis’, restored former residences of wealthy merchants, and homestays, and partaking in local festivals is now easier than ever before. We brings travelers to Kanha and Bandavgarh Jungle Lodges which are among the first lodges dedicated to ecotourism in India, built and operated by the Sankahla family who also started Project Tiger, India's first and ongoing tiger conservation initiative.
5. It’s a psychedelic feast of color for the eyes you can share
India is full of color: from pyramids of spices, to saris worn by local women and flowers around the necks of cows. It is a sensory dream and a playground for artists and photographers. You no longer need 3 equipment bags, a tripod and a porter to photograph the stunning colors.