21 Reasons Why I Love India So Much

21 quirky, little reasons why I love India so much

It’s no secret how much I love India – since I first set foot in this incredible country 3 years ago it has taken me on a life changing, exhilarating journey – at first it was difficult and a little overwhelming but now I feel incomplete whenever I’m not in India – this country has just captivated me so much!

For me, travel is all about the experience, it’s more about feelings than iconic sights. I don’t travel to tick off a bucket list of famous sights and often I find that it’s the little things beyond the tourist attraction that give you the most meaningful connection and insight into a country and become the things that you love the most, that remain as the most treasured memories and linger long in your mind and heart even after you’ve left.

These are the moments that made me love India, the moments that you can never truly experience by looking at photographs, reading an book or even watching a movie. It’s the little things that count, that create the journey and for that you have to go there to experience and to fall in love!

Incredible Indian hospitality love IndiaIncredible Indian hospitality

Traveling in India is an experience for all the senses and the reasons I love India are not due to the obvious, famous attractions like the Taj Mahal or even the beaches of Goa (although they are pretty hard to leave!) It’s the little everyday things, everyday sights, sounds and smells that leave a lasting impression and keep me returning to this incredible country again and again…

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21 quirky, little reasons why I love India so much

Here are 21 little things that made me love India

Friendly cows enjoiyng the sunset on Morjim beach, Goa

Friendly cows enjoiyng the sunset on Morjim beach, Goa

  • There are animals everywhere, holy cows, skittish goats, friendly dogs, mischievous monkeys,  pigs and wild boars and even the odd elephant and camel all freely roam India’s crazy, chaotic and captivating streets.
  • The smell of incense and the sound of soft chanting from the temples at sunset and the golden dewy glow of sunrise or sunset across the paddy fields that give everything a magical and mystical aura.
  • The flash of colour and glitter of the colourful and elegant saris
Women in colourful saris at the temples in Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu

Women in colourful saris at the temples in Mahabalipuram

  • Watching the countryside rumble past from the open windows of the train
  • Life is lived in the open and is uncensored and unsanitized, it may be a little overwhelming at first but it’s real and it makes me feel so alive!
  • India is so diverse, everywhere is different it feels like many countries all in one. With so much diversity you could never get bored – in fact it would take a lifetime to see and experience all India has to offer!
  • Everyone is family, everyone is auntie or uncle or sister or brother. The unity and tolerance in this densely populated country is quite inspiring.
The lovely women or 'aunties' who helped me get dressed in a sari

The lovely women or ‘aunties’ who helped me get dressed in a sari

  • The kindness of strangers is humbling – there is always someone to help you out in India not to mention the famous Indian hospitality. You will never feel lonely in India and the people are one of the biggest reasons I love India.
  • Sweet, milky chai in the morning and creamy mango lassis
  • The Indian head wobble – confusing at first; it could mean yes, no, maybe, I haven’t a clue, but you’ll soon start to make sense of it and it’s infectious you’ll soon find you own head wobbling too!
A shrine to the goddess Durga in Kolkata

A shrine to the goddess Durga in Kolkata

  • God is everywhere! The colour, variety, stories, devotion and tolerance in India’s kaleidoscope of religions is intoxicating. There is a god in India for every inclination and a festival for every occasion.
  • There is a surprise around every corner and every day is a new adventure.
  • Getting change in sweets.
  • Vibrant festivals and the celebration and embrace of simply being alive!
  • I love how everything is decorated even the trucks – making a utilitarian object into something of joy and celebration in a unique Indian way!

Ingeniuos 'coracle' boat in Hampi

  • Life is lived more fluidly here, it may seem chaotic at first but there is a method in the madness.
  • Everything is possible in India!
  • India can teach you to worry less, to just go with the flow and let go of the need to control, understand and explain everything.
  • Jugaard’ – Indian’s have ingenious and imaginative ways of fixing things it’s fascinating to watch and after a while you may find yourself thinking creatively and coming up with your own ‘jugaard ‘solutions!
  • India is imperfect, it is raw, it is real and the beauty in the dirt and the faith within the chaos reassures me that it’s ok not to be perfect.
  • India can really teach you alot and can be a transformative and life changing place to travel in.
Feeling reflective at Auroville, Tamil Nadu

At Auroville, Tamil Nadu

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38 Comments

  • Sangeeta Goel says:

    “Getting change in sweets” made me smile. Had a really awful day. Thank you for the smile. I love the way you write.

    • Anna says:

      Thank you so much for your super kind comments Sangeeta! So lovely to hear from you and what a compliment – you’ve made my day – that is until I get my favourite sweet as change! I love it because I don’t feel guilty about buying and eating sweets when they are just given to me instead of change! 🙂 Hope your day improves!

  • Very well written
    Especially love #20

  • I love all the points that have you made. After my returning from my second to trip in India, I found a lot more reasons to love India. I couldn’t agree more… amongst all the choas there is a method to the maddness. I really hope to return for a third visit in July. Happy travels!!

    • Thanks Angie! 🙂 Yes, I also find that with each trip I love India even more and now it’s almost impossible to bring myself to leave! It takes a bit of getting used to I guess but once you see the method in the madness I think you develop a whole new appreciation for this captivating country! I hope you get to return soon – I miss India so much when I’m not here!

  • Ankita Dhar says:

    After reading about Jugaad, I can say that you really know evertyything India has to offer.. :). So inspired with your post. I have started to see India in a different way, appreciating even more that India has to offer.

  • After almost 6 years on and off in India I can say: All the points are true! And like one American nicely put it: India is organized chaos in perfection 🙂

  • Thank you. Your points sum up how I feel about India perfectly. In 2 days we leave Australia for our fourth trip to India in 3 years. People constantly ask us why we keep going back – these points sum up our passion for Indian culture and people perfectly.

    • Thanks so much! So glad to hear that you like my post! 🙂 Yes, I’m on 4 visits in 3 years too and people always ask me why I spend so much time in India and why don’t I travel somewhere else but there is just so much to see, learn and love it would take a lifetime and so I find it hard it leave! So glad that these points resonated with you and hope you enjoy your trip! 🙂

  • Love the list! I’m heading off on my second India trip soon. What do you suggest for avoiding getting a parasite and subsequent hospital trip this time??

  • Rahul Mishra says:

    what about andaman ,lakshwadweep island

  • Vijit Sen says:

    Thank u so much mam

  • Vijit Sen says:

    Come to UTTRAKHAND sometime Mam..I will Show u much more.

  • Yes. I agree with all 21 reasons ……

  • I agree with all 21! When people ask me why I love being in India so much, it’s easy to talk about the colour, the food, the architecture, etc, which are definitely good reasons. But as you’ve said in a number of different ways, the real reason I love being there is something much more intangible and hard to explain – it’s to do with vitality, honesty, openness, acceptance, love, energy, spirit, connection, possibility, wonder and feeling – something like that!

  • romi says:

    AwW…ANNA, I just loved this article it was awesome….!!!!
    I love India …in fact i ve been there once, I love to go there, live my life, and have my own joys and absolutely my experiences,but, my dad…pooh-pooh!he wont let me because he was with me on that trip, he is so strict and obsessive that’s why he wont let me, because he believes that countries like India are not safe enough for girls, besides he thinks people can only make progress in countries like America, etc. so I can admit he is more interested in western culture but unfortunately I’m not, I love eastern architecture, culture, their foods, and THEIR HISTORY the most, ill be a fashion designer soon and more interested to start my job in a country I love in all of my sketches you can find so many Indian features in fact I’m only able to draw thing in this way I think its better to follow you heart than just stay see what happens …!
    Anyway, I enjoyed it a lot…thanks for your phenomenal words,for a second I felt they were my own words!
    Love, all the way from here(!)

    • Anna says:

      Wow! Thanks so much for your lovely comment. So nice to hear from someone whos as passionate about India as me! I’m so glad you liked my post and I’m sorry to hear that your Dad won’t let you go to India – maybe show him this blog and others it will prove that solo women can travel in India safely and enjoyably or perhaps take a tour – safety in numbers right!? Anyway hope you get to visit India soon – the culture is so fascinating and rewarding and the clothes are super colourful.

  • Hi Anna, I loved your “Jugaard” comment! It is so true!!!!

  • Aish says:

    I’m so touched by your sweet views about India(I’m Indian also). Often found people who hate India and Indians just because India is a developing country and not much developed like other countries. You made me smile at the end of the day. Thanks. God bless you☺

    • Anna says:

      Hi Aish. Thanks so much for your kind comment! I love India, its full of spirit and character and the people are amazing. I can’t get enough of the place and I’m so glad you liked my post 🙂

  • Sowmya Patel says:

    welcome to East and Northeast India mam, a wonderful place, one of the beauties present on earth, a gift from Nature

  • Kalyan says:

    Great post! I enjoyed a lot. You have captured the essence of India. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful piece of information about Incredible India.

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