India: Through Vaibhav’s Eyes

Where are you originally from?​
India

PEOPLE

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
Very friendly and hospitable. In India there is a proverb “Atithi Devo Bhava” which means “Guests are GOD”!!

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?
6

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
Namaste, Shukriya, Swagatam

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
hello/shukripa/kripa/Maafi

Are you more like laid back or party people?
You will find party people in Urban areas.

FOOD​

Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Biryani, Gulab Jamun, Chhole Bhatura, Dosa

Best drink? Local drink to try?
Shikanji, Lassi

How is breakfast served in your country?
We love to do breakfasts with our family. Poha, Idli , Paratha, Samosa are our favorite snacks for breakfast.

CULTURE​

The best festival to attend?
Diwali, It is a festival of light which is celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country.People wear new dresses, burn crackers and exchange sweets.

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
Whole Country is crazy about Cricket. In India Cricket is considered as religion and Sachin Tendulkar is considered as its God. The irony is that national game of India is Hockey and not cricket.

What is the craziest thing to do in your country?
You can join Holi celebrations, It is the most enjoyable thing to do.It is a festival of colors. People apply colors to each other and dance with colors spread out everywhere.

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
There are so many things. India is called a land of diversities. You will find beaches, deserts, hill stations and more. You must visit Taj Mahal in Agra, River Ganges in Varanasi, Ellora Caves, Golden temple in Amritsar, Rohtang Pass and Hawa Mahal, Jaipur.

Are there any local customs a visitor should be sensitive to?
In India we respect every culture. The Indians love traditional Indian clothes. We greet each other with Namaste.

PLACES​

What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
The most surreal places to visit are Great Rann of Kutch, Goa, Dudhsagar Falls, Ladakh .
Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
Matheran Hill Station in Maharshtra

Where can visitors find the best beach?
Goa and Puducherry

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata or Mumbai

COUNTRY​

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
We describe India as country of “Unity in Diversity”

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
You should take minimum one month to visit “Incredible India”. I am sure you will return with sweet memories of your visit.

When is the best time to visit?
I would suggest September-October as there will be very pleasant weather.

Can you give an interesting trivia about your country?
We consider and worship girls as Goddess but we always prefer baby boy !!

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché? 
A popular stereotype is that India is a country of poor people. However that is no true. India holds a significant proportion of the world’s riches and Some of the world’s richest people live in India.

TRAVEL

Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
Yes, I like to travel a lot. My favorite place is Mahabaleshwar in India.

What’s your best travel story?
My best travel story is visiting deserts of Rajasthan in India. I really loved the culture, traditions and people. The people were very friendly and loving. They guided and helped me throughout my tour. I loved the desert sunsets and cool nights of deserts.

Why do you love traveling? 
I love travelling because I love to experience different cultures, traditions and history. I love to visit historical monuments and love to read the story behind them.

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