5 Reasons to go to India – National Geographic

5 reasons to go to India – National Geographic
Photographs submitted to ‘Your Shot’ on National Geographic.


India is the land of dreams or land of dreamers, a country of world power or of development. With a lot of empathy Kristian Bertel, lets us share in what he has seen and experienced in India being participating in the ‘Your Shot’ assignments on National Geographic.


Diversity in every respect

India stands for diversity in every respect such as the population, the languages, the religions and its wide variety of animals and the very different living conditions of the people. Every country has its own history and stories. Shaped by the ethnic situation, by religion and customs, by climate and landscape, by historical events and developments, what is special about each country is reflected in very individual narrative forms and content.

Diversity refers to the attributes that people use to confirm themselves with respect to others, that person is different from me. These attributes include demographic factors such as race, gender and age as well as values and cultural norms. The many separate societies that emerged around the globe including India differ markedly from each other and many of these differences persist to this day. The more obvious cultural differences that exist between people are language, dress and traditions.


”Cultural diversity is the quality of diverse or different cultures and having different cultures respect each other’s differences. It is often used to mention the variety of human societies or cultures in a specific region or in the world as a whole. The Indian subcontinent has a long, fascinating history, from the enigmatic Indus Valley Civilization to the birth of Hinduism and Buddhism, various empires, British colonial rule and the world’s largest democracy. With his photographs the photographer offers a key to understanding the huge country in which ancient traditions, stark social contrasts and ultra-modern technology and economy coexist with each other”


Reasons why India is worth visiting

From the sand dunes of the Thar Desert to the cities, the photographer went on a tour of discovery with his camera and found reasons why India is worth visiting. From the metropolis of Delhi to what is probably India’s most famous building, the Taj Mahal in Agra, to Rajasthan. Luxurious palaces and quiet desert villages, temples and sacred cows, scorching hot days and starry nights form the exotic mixture of his journey through a region of India that still today seems like a country from the fairy tale ‘Arabian Nights’.

Between beggars, businessmen and saints
India, you cannot explain this country, you can only let it sink in and then tell what you have seen. A country in which hundreds of languages and dialects are spoken and in which countless gods are worshiped. With the firm intention of absorbing India with all your senses, the photographer was looking for people and he finds them in slums, Hindu sanctuaries and in the narrow alleyways of India.


Observe the faces of India.
Photograph submitted to ‘Your Shot’ on National Geographic.


1. Observe the faces of India

People are probably the most photographed subjects. The viewer gets stuck with a portrait, especially if it is special, different or maybe even a little weird. In India you should observe the expressive faces and Portraits of the population. Whether natural or strong in character, whether sensual or imaginative being a portrait photographer in India will let you find with very different approaches show their best photographs and give an insight into the population and by time you will learn what makes a perfectly crafted portrait, how to capture the personality of your subject and which photographic tricks to use in which situation and develop your own style.


”These photos incorporate the photographer’s heartwarming experiences in India and his impressions of the places he visited. It shares the traditions, lifestyles and values of the people through simple experiences he had with them. Vivid illustrations that abound with details capture the colors, daily life and people of India and bring the story to life”


Experience the rush of Delhi.
Photograph submitted to ‘Your Shot’ on National Geographic.


2. Experience the rush of Delhi

Visit the world-famous city of Delhi with all its facets as a social and urban landscape, where you can experience the city, scene by scene, stop by stop, as if they, too, have come along for the ride. Globetrotters and travelers who want to be off the beaten tourist track in Delhi can learn how people live with and through its built environment. These are the stories of women and men on the move, the nature of Indian aspiration and what it takes morally and materially to sustain urban life that transports the traveler to a city shaped by both its traffic rush and those who depend on it, revealing a perspective on unlike any other.


”Travelers with little experience of visiting developing megacities will find Delhi to be chaotic, crowded and for much of the year, polluted. Air pollution is a major problem in Delhi since the 1980s, with much of the day dominated with a very unhealthy amount of particles. During the late spring and early summer months, the city is scorchingly hot. Dig a little deeper however and you will get a glimpse of order beneath the chaos as well as India’s traditional and modern cultural richness flourishing side by side. First-time visitors feeling the culture shock are recommended to not compound that by visiting during adverse weather conditions and get a decent hotel room so you can stay in comfort between your sightseeing trips”


Slow down in Nashik.
Photograph submitted to ‘Your Shot’ on National Geographic.


3. Slow down in Nashik

Whether you are a first-time traveler or avid visitor of this region in Maharashtra amazing surprises can be found while strolling in the city of Nashik, a place that is located near the Godavari River. The photographer encourages the traveler to slow down and get to know the people and the culture of this place.


”Nowhere else do the colors of India seem to shine more intensely, the markets more colorful and the palaces more dreamlike than in Rajasthan. Located in north-western India on the border with Pakistan, the largest state in India attracts with its rich cultural heritage such as the palaces and fortresses, caravan towns and temples that are jewels of architectural history and are among the most popular travel destinations in India”


Discover the food and hues of Jodhpur.
Photograph submitted to ‘Your Shot’ on National Geographic.


4. Discover the food and hues of Jodhpur

Discover Jodhpur, the ‘Blue City’, with its towering palace complex Meherangarh Fort and explore the spice and fruit market on a stroll through the old town. A place where cooking food is considered an art form, one can only imagine what a lip-smacking treat is awaiting a man in love with authentic food. Jodhpur is one such city that offers sumptuous and simply irresistible delicacies, leaving you asking for more. Of all the cuisines in the world, this one is one of the most aromatic and colorful, one that has evolved from the kitchens of the Marwar kingdom, which was renowned for age-old traditions of hospitality and food.


”Jodhpur has one of its nicknames, because most houses in the old city are painted in shades of blue. This is particularly noticeable on the north side of the town, known as ‘Brahmpuri’ due to the many Brahmins that live there”


See the magnificent flora of Rajasthan.
Photograph submitted to ‘Your Shot’ on National Geographic.


5. See the magnificent flora of Rajasthan

The northwestern portion of Rajasthan is generally sandy and dry because a large percentage of the total area is desert. But even though there is little forest cover, Rajasthan has a rich and varied flora and fauna. So there is therefore a good reason to visit this region of India.


”Rajasthan literally derives from the Hindustani words meaning ‘Land of Kings’. The state is home to the Thar Desert, a large dry desert that has a wide variety of plants, animals and birds. Part of the Thar Desert is protected and contained in the Desert National Park”


Many reasons for why we travel

There can be many reasons for why we travel – it is the activity of going from one place to another place. Travel takes us out of our comfort zones and inspires us to see, taste and try new things. It constantly challenges us, not only to adapt to and explore new surroundings, but also to engage with different people, to embrace adventures as they come and to share new and meaningful experiences with friends and loved ones.

Reason is the capacity of consciously applying logic by drawing conclusions from new or existing information, with the aim of seeking the truth and by traveling has the ability to take you out of our daily routine and into new surroundings and experiences and this can reset your body and mind. Even planning a trip can have a fantastic effect on the body – it boosts happiness and feels rewarding. Not only does travel reduce stress but it expands the mind.


”Traveling is one of the most thrilling experiences in life. It can open up a world of new possibilities, people and cultures. It can also give us a chance to expand our horizons and explore places we have never seen before”


But why do we travel in the first place? Here are a few more reasons why we travel:

To explore different cultures
One of the main reasons why people travel is to explore different cultures. By visiting different places, we can learn more about the customs, habits and beliefs of different cultures. We can also appreciate the diversity of the world and gain a better understanding of other peoples’ way of life.

To experience new adventures
Traveling can be a great way to experience new and exciting adventures. Whether it is a trek through the mountains or a relaxing day at the beach, there are endless opportunities to experience something new. We can also try different activities such as bungee jumping, sky diving or white water rafting.

To expand our horizons
Traveling can help us expand our horizons, learn more about the world and gain a deeper understanding of different cultures and people. We can also be exposed to different ideas, beliefs and perspectives. This can help us become more open-minded and tolerant of others.

To meet new people
One of the best things about traveling is getting to meet new people. We can meet people from different countries and cultures, which can be a great way to broaden our social circle. We can also make new friends and create lifelong memories.

To find inspiration
Sometimes, we need a change of scenery to get inspired. By traveling to new places, we can be exposed to new ideas and have a fresh perspective on life. We can also find inspiration in the beauty of the world, which can be a great source of motivation.

To relax and unwind
Traveling can give us a chance to relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life. We can explore natural wonders, soak up the sunshine or simply take a break from our hectic routines. This can be a great way to help us recharge and refresh our minds.


”Traveling can be an amazing experience that can open up a world of possibilities. It can help us explore different cultures, experience new adventures, expand our horizons, meet new people and find inspiration. It can also give us a chance to relax and unwind. So, why do we travel? To experience all of these amazing possibilities”


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Bucket list for traveling in India
Without a doubt, the most popular experience on someone’s bucket list had to do with travel. Having a travel bucket list can be inspirational also when you are planning to go to India. While you may not complete every item on your list, you will likely complete some and get more out of your life than if you had not created the list. These are the experiences you may remember the most in life, that may change who you are in a positive way.

A bucket list gives you a travel deadline and ensures that you travel to your dream destination and make new memories. It allows you to experience new things and destinations. It lets you live your dreams and more importantly it makes you reach your dream destination and make it come true.

”- If you want to discover Rajasthan with Delhi and Agra individually, you will find detailed information on the nature, history and culture of the region and all the places worth seeing on my website”, Kristian Bertel says.

National Geographic Your Shot is the place for photographers to tell stories collaboratively through their best photography and expert curation. There are also the many National Geographic photographers known from the magazines that are freelancers and who come from a wide array of backgrounds. They have different interests, passions, experiences and have educational backgrounds in a variety of disciplines.


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