Mere Desh ki Dharti

How many times have you seen pictures of a friend or family member vacationing, or a movie in which the characters have the chance to explore the mountains of Leh or walk the beaches of Goa without a worry line on their forehead? Every one of us has always dreamt of going to foreign countries and looking at the Burj Khalifa or the Swiss Alps. But have you ever wondered what it is like to take a trip to somewhere within this dreamland called India?

We, at UdChalo believe that the beauty of our own country often goes unnoticed due to the foreign fantasies of people and would like to change that opinion.

Here presenting to you are the reasons why travelling within India for a vacation can be a more relaxing and beneficial experience than going to a foreign land.

One of the most famous Seven Wonders of the World, is the Taj Mahal present in Agra. It is a great piece of heritage and has over 70 lakh people visiting it each year! A reminder to the foreign fanatics, our very own Taj Mahal beat various monuments like the Eiffel Tower of Paris and the Statue of Liberty of New York to claim the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This symbol of love and romance is renowned all over the world for its beauty and history.taj-mahal

A very major problem travelling abroad can be the hassle of passports and visas required for entry into various countries. Long hours at the airport for check-ins and 10 hour long flights can be a mood-killer for a happy trip. Instead, you could just hop on to a flight to Delhi to visit the mesmerizing Red Fort and Qutub Minar or go to Srinagar and visit the beautiful Dal Lake or even go to the spellbinding North East part of the country without the headache of arranging special permits and giving interviews to prove that you are a tourist!

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gateway of India

Another heartbreak that we face while travelling abroad is the currency exchange rates. We end up paying huge amounts to not just travel and stay in those countries but find it very difficult to have a joyful experience due to the cost of the activities offered. However, you can avoid any of this pocket drain if you’re travelling in a place where you can judge the cost of something without having to use a calculator every time you take out your wallet.

As long as money is concerned, don’t you think it is wiser to spend money in a place where it helps your country maintain its heritage and monuments then improving the conditions of foreign monuments? You will not only help fund and build tourism of your own country, but will also help more and more Indians realize why they should choose to tour their own country before any other.

GOA

Touring a place doesn’t just mean admiring its beauty and clicking pictures; there’s a part of our heart that is as curious as a baby to find out the history leading to the fame of the particular place or monument. Knowing about your country will not only give you immense pride but you will also be able to relate to the culture and history of the monument in a much better way than trying to comprehend the pronunciation of the name of a European king.

Finally, the last but the most important difference between a foreign country and our own: FOOD. We may be thinking of trying fancy cuisines and attempting to use chopsticks but we all know that home is where the heart is. A major problem faced by us, especially vegetarians is that the quality of food available abroad is not the most comfortable meal we can have and we can enjoy food that we have been brought up loving if we are sightseeing in our own country itself!

A very intriguing question to be asked here is that why do millions of foreigners come to our country each year and visit these beautiful places? Is there something they see that we do not? Or is it simply the fact that we do not appreciate what’s closest to us?

A shikara (boat) on Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir State, India.

Let us take pride in the magnificence of our country and help build its heritage one monument at a time!

Jai Hind!

 

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