Are you one of those people who think that Gujarat is a pure vegetarian state or that you can only get your hands on idlis and dosas in Chennai? Well, it’s time to open your mind and break these prevailing stereotypes!
India has diverse cultures and to put it in any one box and label it seems to be rather unfair. Foreigners still view India as a land of sadhus and snake charmers, which is far from the truth. Even in our country, many of us have a stereotypical view of other states and often end up assigning a wrong label to a particular region based on only a few facts.
These stereotypes often aren’t just about the culture. They also encompass law and order, political scenarios and other related factors. So, if you want to travel beyond and are willing to embrace the other side of these stereotypes, we’ll guide you through it.
Here are a few common stereotypes about travelling in India.
1) Staying in luxury hotels is expensive
Truth: While some hotels are a little over the regular budget, you can always find ways to bring the price down and enjoy a perfect vacation with all the luxuries. There are a lot of sites that offer special discounts during off-seasons and festivals. Keep an eye out for such occasions and you’ll hit the jackpot.
2) Solo travel in India is a safety hazard
Truth: While this may have been true a few years back, it no longer holds good. It’s a common stereotype that India is not safe for a solo woman traveller. But there are dedicated helplines that cater to solo travellers – both men and women. The government is taking all necessary precautions to ensure that tourists don’t feel unsafe in any way during their trip. That’s why India has seen a rise in solo travellers in the last few years.
3) India is primarily a vegetarian country
Truth: While there’s a lot of beef over ‘beef’ in the country, there are a lot of regions that are dependent on meat and seafood such as the North-Eastern states, West Bengal, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, etc. In these regions, you’ll find a wide variety of dishes. Even in the states that are considered vegetarian, you’ll find meat if you’re aware of the right places.
4) Indian cuisine is all about spicy and high-fat food
Truth: Have you tried Ragi Mudde from Karnataka? It’s one of the healthiest dishes that you can eat and it’s an integral part of South Indian cuisine. Sure, butter chicken and biriyani have their own place, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have healthy food in India. The steamed food items such as idli, dhokla and momos will agree with your stomach even if it’s not accustomed to spicy food. Yes, they’re available all across the country.
5) North India is all about the snow-clad mountains and South India is all about the beaches
Truth: Some of the most picturesque hill stations of India are in South India such as Ooty, Kodaikanal or Munnar. Similarly, the North is not just only about the Himalayan peaks. There are a number of historical monuments and other attractions that are worth exploring all across the beautiful sub-continent.
So, put no limitations on yourself and travel to break these stereotypes. You won’t regret it!