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    Nov 5, 2014

    51 Reasons To Study Abroad In India

    There's so many ways to say the word love.

    1. You can get blissfully lost in the colorful, sprawling alleys.

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    2. The standard workday has two or three chai breaks, samosas included.

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    3. Eating fruit is an exciting experiment in flavors.

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    4. Auto-rickshaws will make you wonder why anyone ever needed windows.

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    5. India is staggeringly diverse and you'll learn a new language, but English is still widely used.

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    6. Bargaining is an insanely useful skill that you can take everywhere with you.

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    7. If you get tired of the hustle and bustle, you can spend an evening at an air-conditioned mega-mall and catch a new Bollywood flick.

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    8. The traditional Indian cinema is nothing to sneeze at either.

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    9. You can catch a sleeper train to nearly anywhere in the country for spare change.

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    Or more if you want real luxury.

    10. Good lassi is addictive and dangerous in all the best ways.

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    11. Cricket-watching is a sport in its own right and it's easy to become a fan.

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    12. There are tons of passionate young Indians who want to discuss politics and culture.

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    13. The Taj Mahal is more beautiful in person than in photos.

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    14. The Taj's big brother, Humayun's Tomb, is less crowded but equally as gorgeous.

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    15. If you have time to visit, the Himalayas offer a view like none other.

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    16. You can spend a weekend enjoying musical fusion at one of many awesome musical festivals, like the NH7 Weekender.

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    17. You can buy colorful inexpensive fabric directly from a bazaar...

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    18. ...and have a tailor sew together the shirt or kurta of your dreams for mere dollars.

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    19. You can also shop in Connaught Place for some new jeans and a great view of modern and colonial New Delhi.

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    20. Homecooked Indian food is better than anything you can get in a restaurant.

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    And some generous auntie is sure to take pity on you.

    21. If you're feeling experimental, you can try bhang, which is made from the bud of the cannabis plant.

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    Drug culture is very... lax in India.

    22. WhatsApp and SMS messaging in India have a whole wacky culture of their own.

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    You'll be receiving poetry and religious wisdom daily.

    23. You'll gain a better understanding of the word "monsoon."

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    24. No bread can compare to the fresh wheaty flavor of naan, chapati and kulcha.

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    25. If you’re vegetarian, you’ll have more options than meat-eaters for probably the first time in your life.

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    26. If you're not ready to branch out too far, you can enjoy Indian-exclusive fast-food menu items.

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    27. In the breadth of one country, you can find serene glaciers...

    28. ...and expanses of soft desert sand.

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    29. The street food is to die for.

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    Seriously though avoid anything with unfiltered water.

    30. There's nothing more relaxing than a cheap beer and some masala-covered chips.

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    31. If you're brave, India is a great place to take a road trip.

    32. The country is so vast and beautiful, you can barely fathom it.

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    33. Pictures taken on Holi are FABULOUS.

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    34. Religious sites are everywhere and you'll learn how to respect practices different from your own.

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    35. The country has beautiful historical sites for nearly every world religion, like the Golden Temple in Punjab...

    36. ...Brihadeshwara Temple in Tamil Nadu...

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    37. ...the Dargah of Nizamuddin Auliya in New Delhi...

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    38. ...Ranakpur Temple in Rajasthan...

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    39. ...Bara Imambara in Lucknow...

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    40. ...and Se Cathedral in Goa.

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    41. While you're in Goa, take a day or ten to enjoy the beaches.

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    42. Everyone loves the smells and sights of a good bazaar.

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    43. You'll learn how versatile red sandstone is as a building material.

    44. A thali or tiffin has every food you could possibly want for lunch.

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    45. Nothing beats a fresh bottle of Thums Up on a hot day.

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    46. If you happen to be in India during a festival, the experience is wonderfully overwhelming.

    47. You'll gain a new understanding for the word "crowd."

    48. You'll mostly be drinking tea, but coffee-houses are hotspots of youthful activity.

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    49. Street vendors have often hilarious ways of getting customers to stop at their store.

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    50. There are more types of mithai than you'll know what to do with.

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    51. Best of all, the country is far too big to explore even in one year abroad so you’ll come back again and again.

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