India is a country like no other. In the past few years, it’s become an exciting new holiday destination for so many people but if you’re still on the fence, we’ve got 8 reasons why you need to take the plunge. Our advice? Get yourself on the bandwagon and experience the rich textiles, vibrant colours and cultural wonders of this quite extraordinary country.
1. THE ARCHITECTURE
An obvious one to start, India is very well known for it’s magnificent buildings. From the Taj Mahal to the colourful streets of Varanesi, there’s a delight around every corner. But it’s not just the beauty which is captivating, the history behind the sights adds another dimension & a peak into Indian culture. No holiday would be complete without some sightseeing & there is so much to see in India!
2. THE EMBROIDERY
Perhaps the most iconic element of Indian textiles is their stunning embroidery. Traditional techniques are still practiced across the country, and you don’t have to stroll far to stumble across some of this beautiful work! The art of Chikan provides a livelihood to many women (especially around the city of Lucknow) whilst other forms of embroidery such as Sari and Aari are primarily worked on by men. Both help supplement household incomes & ensure that the traditional crafts are kept alive.
3. THE RAILWAY JOURNEYS
India has some truly stunning rail routes. There’s something very magical about travelling through the Indian countryside by rail, passing through scenery that wouldn’t be discovered otherwise. But you’ll also find all sorts travelling on the tracks – think toy trains, bullet trains, luxury trains & even hospital trains!
4. THE FOOD
The ‘Land of the Spices’ certainly know what they’re doing when it comes to food. Indian cuisine across the country is a celebration of variety & a whole new adventure for the tastebuds. There is no typical Indian dish, as what you may discover really depends on where you travel to. If the opportunity arises, one of the best ways to sample the local cuisine is through street food – there are some fabulous flavour combinations to be discovered!
5. THE TEA
Yes, the tea! You can’t question a country who loves their tea as much as the British do! India is the second largest tea producer in the world & they pride themselves on their exclusive teas such as Assam and Darjeeling. The streets of India are dotted with tea stalls, ensuring that a brew is always available – now that’s what we like to hear!
6. THE SHOPPING
Shopping in India is like no-where else. The country is full to the brim with markets selling everything from handmade gifts to textiles and food. It’s an extraordinary experience & one which people travel across the globe to be a part of. Varanesi is world-famous for it’s sarees, Lucknow for it’s jewellery and Delhi for having just about anything you could ever wish for!
7. THE ARTS & CRAFTS
You only have to glance at photographs of India to know that this country has a strong creative history. From gold block printing to miniature paintings and even puppet making, diversity is celebrated through arts and crafts. It makes such a fantastic place to explore & shop for unique gifts and souveneirs – most of which are often made street-side by locals.
8. THE ADVENTURE
If the physical attributes India has to offer aren’t quite enough to seal the deal, visit for the adventure. And what an adventure it is!
INDIAN TEXTILE ADVENTURE
Why not join us for an Indian Textile Adventure next year? Join Karin Hellaby on this unique trip and experience the rich textiles, vibrant colours and cultural wonders of this quite extraordinary country. This magnificent holiday will take us to iconic locations where
we will discover exquisite local crafts and meet with the skilled artisans who create these masterpieces.