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Student Travel to India

The transition from college life into the “real world” can be a daunting one. You suddenly have to find a steady job, you’re no longer surrounded by the comforting community of friends and academia, and you have to learn how to make your way in the world. While this point in life is seen as the time when you need to start finding that entry-level job and putting a deposit down on a studio, this is also one of the best times to travel. Traveling provides adventure, relaxation, and life experiences that many jobs look for in an applicant. And what better place explore these new opportunities than India!

When it comes to travel, India has it all: vibrant culture, stunning landscape, bustling cities, and calm countryside. There are so many destinations to choose from that one could travel for a full year and still not see all that this amazing country has to offer. Post-graduate students may find this experience especially eye-opening and who knows – you may even decide to stay in India and live the expatriate life.

No trip to India would be complete without a stop in New Delhi. The capital of India, New Delhi is the second most populous city in the world and one of the global leaders in arts, fashion, and entertainment. Popular sites include Rashtrapati Bhavan, The India Gate, the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, and Lodi Gardens, just to name a few. Some locations require an entrance fee while others do not, so it’s best to do some preliminary research. Other not-to-be-missed cities include Udaipur (also known as India’s “Venice”), Mumbai (for those looking for a more fast-paced/jarring experience), Hampi (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and Amritsar (a spiritual haven and home to the famous Golden Temple).

Traveling to India can also be seen as traveling to inner peace. Practiced in India for centuries, yoga centers are plentiful with practices ranging from weeklong intensive stays to casual drop-in classes. Many ashrams offer lodging in addition to classes for yogis so be sure to take advantage of as much as you can. Solo travelers can also enjoy backpacking organizations such as goMowgli, which provide the flexibility of solo travel, but also the security of having someone know where you are (and guides with local knowledge so you’re sure not to miss anything). 

Obviously, for recently graduated students, cost is always a key factor when traveling. Luckily, taking advantage of everything India has to offer will not break the bank. Accommodations range from simple hostels to palaces that have been converted into 5-star hotels, with plenty in between. Backpackers will not have to shirk cleanliness or safety in order to stay within a tight budget. Meals, too, can be purchased for a reasonable amount of money and each day in India can cost travelers roughly $20.

Travel to India is good for the mind, body, and soul. Whether it’s exploring the busy city of Bombay or relaxing by the beach in Goa – India has a little something for everyone. Students will find a unique and budget-friendly travel experience when visiting this Asian country. Start planning your trip today and see for yourself!