10 Stereotypes To Break About Travelling In India

By Neha Kapoor on Oct 27, 2015
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Travel clichés have always shrouded our perceptions as to how and where we travel to.  When it comes to countries like India, the stereotypes remain more profound as the country suffers from prejudices that construct an oriental country. Since India is standing at the hinge of tradition and modernity, it needs to break the myths that have enveloped the nation so far. Let us see what they are:


1. Goa is only meant for those who love to party

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Well it might be true to a certain extent that Goa is excellent when it comes to partying but it is also true that the city is host to some of the most beautiful architectural pieces that delineate a confluence of British, Portugese and Indian styles. They are strewn around the state and one such example is the picture shown above of a house turned into museum that is reminiscent of Portugese architecture. 

2. India is the land of Snake Charmers


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Considering India as the land of snake charmers and magician is an age old myth and a story gone by. Today, India has an emergent economy where people have regular jobs and just like people in any other country they also go to an office, and work on a computer. This street artistry, although, does still exist but that is only because it’s a heritage art of Indian street society. 

3. Indians speak only Hindi


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A lot of foreigners visiting India confuse religion with language here. They consider Hindu and Hindi as one. They would be surprised to find that many Indians don't actually speak Hindi. This is particularly the case in south India, where languages of Dravidian origin are spoken. Apart from that we have a plethora of languages that reflect the ethnic diversity staying here.

4. India is Jampacked throughout the year


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It is true that India is crowded at some places, so are the busiest streets and bazaars in most of the nations. Step in to Dharamshala, Cherrapunji, Shillong and Leh and all you would want to do is take a walk in open spacious valleys, with no person to be seen for kilometers ahead.

5. India is hot and humid throughout the year

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India might be predominantly a hot nation but the climate here does not remain the same throughout the year. We have beautiful winters, outstanding spring, inspiring fall, and fun-filled monsoons; which, of course, differs according to the region.

6. Pune is just a pensioner’s paradise


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Pune’s climate might suit the ‘pensioner’s life’ but the city also has the nightlife that is alive and kickin’! The city today buzzes with rocking parties and band music! 

7.Indian Cuisine is all about Butter Chicken


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Not to deny that butter chicken is something to boast about, India has multiple cuisines each peculiar to its region. Idli, Dosa, Sambhar to South India, Chicken Biryani to Hyderabad and North India, Butter Naan and makki ki roti sarson ka saag to Delhi and Punjab, Fish and Rice to West Bengal, Orissa and Assam. Ah! I am suddenly hungry.

8. Rishikesh is only a Spiritual centre of India


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This is to demystify the popular myth that Rishikesh is only a place for spiritual pilgrimage! Yes, in reality, Rishikesh is also the white water river rafting capital of India. The spiritual vs. thrilling Rishikesh.

9. The "Poor" India

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I know Slumdog Millionaire won like a hundred awards, but that’s not what real India is all about. You should know that Indians always manage to make it to the top ten list of wealthiest person by several magazines. 

10. Indian Film Scene is all about Bollywood

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Bollywood is not the only film industry present in India. We have Marathi, Bengali, Telegu, Punjabi and many others forms of cinemas that keep us entertained!

Any other travel cliché of India that you have come across? Let us know.

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