Mexico is an incredible country with a rich culture and diverse natural landscapes. If you have to travel to Mexico from India then this article is for you.
From the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan to the bustling city life in Mexico City, it’s no wonder that so many people want to travel here. But not everyone can afford it or has access to a passport.
The thing about traveling to a country is that you can always experience a different culture and a new way of life. This is especially true when going to Mexico from India. While it’s easy to find Indian restaurants in many cities around the world, there are some other things that Indians will notice while they’re visiting Mexico for their vacation or business trip.
If you are reading this, chances are that you are looking for a new place to visit. If so, Mexico is the perfect destination! There are many reasons why people travel there – whether it be an adventure-seeking vacation or to experience Mexican culture.
Mexico is a country with a diverse mix of cultures, languages, and food traditions. It has a population of over 120 million people that live in an area that is slightly smaller than the state of California. It borders on the United States to the north and Guatemala to the south.
Mexico’s cuisine includes Spanish, Mayan Indian, African, Italian and French influences from its colonial past as well as Mexican-style dishes such as tacos al pastor (spicy pork), enchiladas Verdes (green enchiladas), or pipian Rojo (tomato sauce with red chilies).
And if you’re Indian, then here’s something else to consider: Mexico has some pretty interesting aspects of Indian culture too! For example, did you know that India and Mexico have similar celebrations? Today we’ll discuss 10 reasons why traveling to Mexico should be on your bucket list – from an Indian perspective.
10 Reasons Why Travel To Mexico From India Should Be On Your Bucket List – From An Indian Perspective
For all those who think that Mexico is a beach destination only, here’s the reality check: there’s so much more to this country than simply its beaches and sun. With picturesque landscapes and breathtaking views, Mexico has an enigma that keeps people coming back!
The world is a big place. There are so many different cultures, food preferences, and languages spoken across the globe. I recently had the opportunity to visit Mexico from India! The diversity in culture was staggering- it made me appreciate both my home country as well as Mexico even more! From ancient ruins to modern cities, there is something for everyone in this fascinating country.
So let us have a look at the things that you can do when there:
1. Christmas In A Different Land
Mexican Christmas Celebrations are a sight to behold. While in India, the festival of lights is all about performing puja at home and enjoying bhajans sung by kids while decking up the house with traditional rangoli, Mexico’s vibrant celebrations are a complete contrast! Here, every city comes alive during Christmas time.
Christmas in Mexico is a traditional and cultural celebration that has been around for many generations. Families gather together to celebrate the birth of Jesus and enjoy some delicious food while they celebrate the holiday season. The festivities don’t stop on December 25th but continue into January with Three Kings Day.
Christmas is a time of the year that brings people together from all over the globe to celebrate. In Mexico, Christmas traditions are different from those of other countries because of their rich history and culture. From spending time with family and friends to exchanging gifts and singing carols, Mexican families have many ways they like to celebrate this holiday season!
People get ready for lavish Christmas feasts over which they spend hours chatting away. The evening begins with attending mass at churches after which they return home only to switch on the Christmas tree that has been adorned with beautiful ornaments and to attend another church service soon after.
2. Mariachi and Guitars in Mexico: Legendary Sounds of the Country
Mexico is full of surprises! While in India, we have Hindustani classical music as our pride, Mexico has its unique style of music called Mariachi. Here, people form an orchestra of sorts with a Mexican band playing the guitars and violins along with the sounds of trumpets, drums, castanets – all to create an utterly beautiful symphony.
Mariachi and guitars in Mexico are a combination that has been around for centuries. These two instruments are famous throughout the world as iconic symbols of Mexico’s rich culture and history.
Mariachi is one of the most famous sounds in Mexico. It originated from the state of Jalisco, where it has flourished into a tradition that can be found all over the country. Mariachi bands are usually composed of three violins, two trumpets, and a guitarron (bass guitar).
They play music with different rhythms, which include waltzes, Paso double, or bolero-son jarocho. There are many legends about how this sound came to be but no one knows for sure.
One legend tells us that on January 20th, 1859 General Ignacio Zaragoza was leading an army against insurgents who had taken refuge in the nearby Colima mountain range when he heard someone playing violin among his troops.
He was so impressed by the sound of the music he had just heard that he asked the musician to play for him. After hearing a few more songs, Zaragoza was able to defeat his enemies and from there the mariachi tradition began its veneration as Mexico’s national instrument.
In Jalisco, mariachi is not only a sound, but it is also an identity. The people of this region dye their hair blonde and wear cowboy outfits; they are proud of who they are and how this tradition has flourished throughout history.
Although mariachi has become an identity for the state of Jalisco, it wasn’t always like that: after all, there were 19th-century presidents who tried to regulate the use of musical instruments.
Mariachi bands can be found playing on street corners, at weddings, restaurants, and more all over the country. And if you’re lucky enough to be in Mexico during Christmas time, chances are that you’ll even go to one such Mariachi concert!
3. Day Of The Dead in Mexico: Spooky Culture
Another interesting facet about Mexico is its Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival during which Mexicans celebrate their ancestors who have passed on by holding festivities called Calaveras or sugar skulls, decorating gravesites among other things.
This celebration takes place every year starting from 31st October till 2nd November. Since this is such a solemn affair, it’s usually celebrated serenely and soberly; but Mexicans still celebrate it with great pomp and color.
The celebrations are filled with activities for all ages to participate in, including sugar skulls and face painting for kids, as well as traditional foods such as tamales and mole sauce.
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of those who have passed away. Spanning two days, November 1st and 2nd, this holiday has become popular in countries all over the world. The celebration consists of people building altars for their family members who have died and celebrating their lives with food, music, and games.
This has been celebrated in Mexico for centuries, but its roots are much older than that. It is said that this holiday originated with the Aztecs, who would spend their days preparing urns for their dead relatives during the months leading up to November 2nd, which was when they believed human souls were at their most powerful. They would then visit cemeteries on November 1st or 2nd with these urns containing food and drink as offerings to appease departed spirits.
4. El Mariachi Loco: Mexican Food Festival
El Mariachi Loco is a Mexican Food Festival, which will be held at the Los Angeles Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Sunday, August 26th. The festival celebrates different regions of Mexico and offers an array of delicious cuisine for attendees to try.
Guests can also enjoy live music by El Mariachi Loca and traditional Mexican folkloric dancing performances throughout the day. This event sounds like it would be fun!
For all those who thought that Mexico was just Calaveras and sugar skulls, let us introduce you to the one and only El Mariachi Loco! This ice cream truck makes its way through restaurants playing traditional Mexican songs on top of its music system – not to mention the delicious ice cream menu too!
It’s a three-day event that has something for everyone and features over 500 vendors and 60 bands! The festival takes place every year in downtown Chicago, Illinois, and is always well attended by people from all around the country who are eager to get their taste of everything Mexico.
And it doesn’t stop there; those who attend will also be able to experience traditional Mexican folk dances, listen to mariachi music as they stroll through streets lined with authentic Mexican cuisine, enjoy carnival rides like Ferris wheels and roller coasters, take part in sporting events such as soccer tournaments or just hang out at one of many family-friendly activities available throughout the weekend.
If you’re lucky enough to find this ice cream van during your visit to Mexico, make sure you do not miss out on trying their delectable flavors such as choco-locos which are chocolate flavored ice creams dipped in crushed peanuts and flambéed marshmallows – all this while listening to the mellifluous strains of their music.
5. Indigenous Cultures in Mexico: Traditional Clothing And Local Foods
Well, we’ve already discussed how Mexico is a hub of cultural diversity and rich traditions. Another aspect that you must be aware of by now is about the kind of traditional wear they have there! From Pueblo-inspired dresses to long skirts with colorful blouses, Mexican women have a whole different wardrobe that reflects their national pride.
If you get a chance to visit Mexico City, make sure you check out Avenida Cinco De Mayo where a majority of these women take inspiration from traditional designs and come up with unique creations each day wearing them on their own. These outfits are usually made from rich fabrics such as satin, silk, and cotton which are pretty heavy in terms of material.
Another aspect that you must be aware of is the Mexican cuisine – Mexican wedding cookies, especially. Tortillas, tamales, and enchiladas to name a few have a very interesting blend of spices, unlike anything you can find elsewhere in the world. If you’re a foodie by nature, make sure to try some authentic dishes on your Mexico trip!
Traditional Mexican clothing is not just for dress-up. It can be worn daily to help you stay connected to your indigenous roots and express the culture of your country. The style, colors, patterns, and materials vary by region in Mexico. With so many options out there, it can be hard to know what to wear! To make things easier for you, here are some traditional clothes that will help you feel like part of the culture:
- Huipil – This type of blouse is often seen as “traditional” among people who live in rural regions or smaller villages because they are easy to make at home with fabric scraps from old huipiles (sheets). They come in all different shapes and colors but usually have a square neckline and no sleeves. Many women wear huipiles at home as loungewear or to sleep in because they are so comfortable and loose-fitting.
- Rebozo – This scarf is traditionally used by indigenous women during the hot summer months to keep cool and protect their skin from the sun. It is usually worn on top of a blouse and wrapped around the shoulders.
- Flor de Muerto – This type of rebozo has a red pattern, which symbolizes celebration in Mexico because it is often used during Day of the Dead festivities. During this time, Mexicans celebrate and honor their ancestors that have passed away by decorating gravesites with marigolds and other flowers that represent life and happiness. You can also find these scarves with different patterns such as the crosses seen here at right:
- Faja – These colorful belts were traditionally worn by indigenous women to accentuate their waistlines after giving birth, especially during religious festivities when they wore their best huipiles. They are mostly worn today by dancers to keep their huipiles in place.
- Sombrero – The sombrero is Mexico’s most popular type of hat and comes in many different shapes, colors, and fabrics. It is made with straw or felt material and can be decorated with ribbon. The word “sombrero” actually means “hat.” although it has come to represent the country as well!
- Zapatillas – These sandals are worn mainly by men during festivals or celebrations because they are easy to dance in. They also help protect the wearer’s feet from rocks that may be left on the ground for decoration during these events. Traditional zapatillas look like moccasins but without the heel.
- Pañuelo – This beautiful hand-woven shawl or kerchief is also used to decorate gravesites with flowers, especially during Day of the Dead celebrations. It is worn by women with huipiles and rebozos. They are almost always made with cotton thread on a backstrap loom, which means that it requires two people to create them: one person standing behind the other. They come in all different colors, patterns, and sizes!
- Calzón – These long skirts have been worn by indigenous women for centuries because they are very easy to make at home using fabric scraps. The construction of these skirts involves stitching together three pieces of rectangular fabric at the waist to create a fitted skirt that just skims the ground. They are often decorated with embroidery at the bottom and can be worn under dresses or rebozos.
- Rebozo de lino – This type of poncho is very common in southern Mexico, where it’s much warmer. The long, tapering shape helps keep the wearer warm as well as free their hands for other tasks. It is usually woven from linen thread on a backstrap loom and comes in solid colors such as red, green, blue, yellow, or purple.
- Suti – These shawls come from India and were introduced to Mexico by Indian immigrants during the 19th century. They have been used ever since by men and women to keep warm because they are very light. They are also worn with many different types of outfits, especially during festivals when one might need to keep their clothes clean. This is because the suti can easily be taken off and wrapped around the body if one happens to fall or get dirty!
6. Mexico’s Chichen Itza: An Age-Old Temple
Mexico’s cultural heritage is quite prevalent throughout the country; another such example is Chichen Itza located right in Yucatan (that’s close to Cancun). Here, you can find stone pyramids and structures that were built between 950 – 1400AD.
Apart from learning about the lost Mayan civilization, you will also get to witness the expansive sea along with the wide expanse of greenery – truly a place where nature and history come together in such an interesting manner!
This place was used for religious ceremonies and human sacrifices, but it also served as an astronomical observatory. The site includes many structures including El Castillo (the Temple of Kukulkan) and La Iglesia, both dating back to around 1200 AD.
Located in the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s most popular tourist attractions and a must-see for anyone traveling to this beautiful country. One of the oldest and largest pre-Columbian cities in America, Chichen Itza was an important city for over 2000 years.
It is one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world, and for good reason. Chichen Itza is an ancient Mesoamerican temple located in Mexico that was built by the Maya civilization. The temple has been a popular tourist destination since its discovery in 1831.
7. Mexico City: The Cultural and Historical Capital of Mexico
Well, we had to mention this city since it’s one of the top destinations for tourists who visit Mexico. The capital city is very well-connected via road, rail well as buses so no matter where you are coming from – be it, New York or Los Angeles, their arrivals are seamless.
Mexico City is one of the largest and fastest-growing megacities in the world. It has an estimated population of 8,844,090 people as of 2015. The city is composed of 16 boroughs with a dense urban core surrounded by mainly residential suburbs that are home to about 2 million residents.
Mexico City is a vibrant and exciting destination with a lot to offer visitors. As the largest city in North America, it has been the capital of Mexico since 1521. From its rich culture and history to world-class museums, beautiful churches, excellent shopping opportunities, spectacular food, and nightlife – there’s something for everyone!
The neighborhoods closest to downtown often have high populations living below the poverty line and also experience overcrowding, crime rates, and pollution problems.
Along with this being home to various murals which create awesome backdrops presentations has its charm too. This city is teeming with historical and modern-day marvels. So, if you’re a history and art lover, make sure to visit the capital city on your Mexico trip!
8. Planning a Trip to Mexico: Day Trips From Puerto Vallarta
A popular day trip from Puerto Vallarta takes you to the serene beaches of Las Animas as well as Yelapa which are an hour’s drive away (30kms). Apart from enjoying fresh water in natural pools around this area, you can also snorkel here along with other adventure activities like kayaking and scuba diving.
If you’re lucky enough, you might even spot humpback whales who come to these waters every winter for breeding and calving. This is part of the migratory route to the warmer waters near Baja.
This area has been designated as a whale sanctuary and you can do your part by not using any lit devices while on the water or standing up paddleboarding. Whales have evolved over 40 million years and we mustn’t disturb their natural habitat in any way. There have been several cases where authorities have gotten involved when explicit signs are ignored.
If planning a trip, don’t forget to pack some food, water, and sunscreen along with towels/blankets for freshwater pools. What better way to enjoy nature than spending it with loved ones!
9. A Cultural History of Taxco: The Silver City in Mexico
When you think of Mexico, a city steeped in silver and tradition instantly comes to mind – Taxco being the prime example here. The city was established in 1529 and has been named after one of its residents called Tlachquiauhco which is derived from two Nahuatl words that mean “place surrounded by hills.”
Taxco is a silver mining town in the Mexican state of Guerrero, located about 80 kilometers from Acapulco. The town was founded by Spanish colonists in 1530 and quickly became one of the most important silver-producing towns in New Spain. It’s also been a popular tourist destination for centuries due to its colonial architecture and natural beauty.
The culture of Taxco is an interesting mix between indigenous Mesoamerican traditions long practiced by the native peoples who first inhabited this region, and Hispanic customs brought over by Spaniards during their conquest of Mexico.
It is hard to believe that this town was once a forgotten mining outpost. Taxco has become one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico and home to some of the finest silver jewelry in the world.
In terms of tourism, it’s a very popular destination for honeymooners who visit this city located at high altitudes near Acapulco. Pro tip: make sure to wear sunglasses if you’re visiting Taxco during winter since the sun shines very bright there!
The city of Taxco, located in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, is a popular tourist destination for travelers from all over the world. This small town has become famous because it was once a hotspot for silver mining and production.
10. Music and Dance in Mexico: The Perfect Combination
Well, did we mention how diverse Mexico’s cultural landscape is? Well, here’s another example: Mexican music and dance. The country has a diverse history hence you will find various kinds of celebrations and happenings taking place which include mariachi bands, luchadores or masked wrestlers (inspired from the native Mayan culture), Latin music as well as Salsa dancing to name a few!
Music and dance in Mexico is a cultural tradition that has been around for centuries. It’s no surprise that this culture, which was so rich in music and dance, attracted foreigners to their country.
The Mexican people are known for their love of life and the enjoyment they derive from it. Music is an integral part of everyday life in Mexico – you can’t go anywhere without hearing someone playing the guitar or singing along with it!
Mexican culture is one of celebration, joyfulness, and happiness; not surprisingly then, its most popular form of entertainment is dancing! Music And Dance in Mexico is a well-known tradition that has deep roots in the country’s history.
The two are so intertwined that it can be difficult to separate one from the other. It’s no surprise then, that music and dance are inseparable parts of Mexican culture.
The country has a rich history of both, and they’re deeply ingrained in the culture and daily life. It’s said that dancing is an integral part of Mexican society – even if you don’t know how to dance, you can still enjoy watching others do so!
How to travel to Mexico from India?
There are many ways to travel from India to Mexico. One way is by boat, which will take about six weeks and cost $3,000 in airfare. The other option is by plane, which will only take three hours but will cost around $1,500 for airfare. The best option would be to fly into Los Angeles or New York City then take a bus that goes all the way down through Central America and Mexico.
This trip takes about two weeks with costs at approximately $2,000 for flights across the Atlantic Ocean and half of what you would pay for an airplane ticket on your own if you flew straight into Mexico.
Many people choose to travel to Mexico for its beautiful beaches, friendly population, and historical sites. It is also the home of delicious food, strong drinks, and many festivals that celebrate Mexican heritage.
The best time of year to go to Mexico would be between November and January because the weather is warm but not too hot or humid. You can then travel to Mexico any time of year.
There are direct flights into Mexico that only take about three hours on average, some planes can fly directly into Mexico City or Cancun. You can also fly to Los Angeles first and make your way down the West Coast through central America.
It is always best to check with an agency first thing because you will want to book your flights for the best time of year and most importantly, the cheapest.
When planning your trip to Mexico you must set a budget beforehand. You will have to take into account all of the costs including airfare, food, travel inside the country if you are not flying directly into Mexico City or Cancun (which is more expensive but usually easier).
You should always check out prices beforehand one by one so you can make sure they are reasonable before proceeding with any further arrangements. It is also possible to purchase some tickets through many reputable travel companies like Orbitz, Expedia, and Priceline.
This may be more convenient than buying every ticket separately yourself because then you know that everything has been consolidated on your behalf. Many great deals can be found for airfare on your own if you simply keep an eye out and spend the time browsing several different sources just to make sure you get the cheapest deal possible.
Just because airlines charge more than normal doesn’t always mean they will have higher-priced tickets available, so it’s worth looking around first thing before booking anything. You can also save some money by flying during the off-season, which might require a longer journey but could still be worth it depending on your preferences.
Another option is to take ferries or sailboats to Mexico from different countries like Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and even Belize (which is usually the most difficult but least expensive). This may not be as easy as going by plane but it is a more cultural experience.
Mexico itself has a very different feel during each of its four seasons so you should plan your visit based on what kind of weather or activities that you would like to do or see most. Mexico City can be visited any time of year but the best time would be from November through January.
During this time, not only will you have pleasant weather but there are also many great festivals and events going on as well, including an International Jazz Festival in December, Day of the Dead celebrations at the end of October, and concertos featuring Mexican composers in July.
Also, summertime is the high season for travel within Mexico which usually coincides with lower prices for flights on airlines. Winter is a popular time for tourists because of the holidays but can get very cold, especially in central Mexico.
The Northwest coast of Mexico is sunny and dry most of the year so it would be best to go during late fall, winter, or early spring. Baja California has many beautiful beaches that you could visit any time of year while further south Puerto Vallarta is known for its tropical climate and large ex-pat community.
The Yucatan Peninsula has a unique Caribbean vibe with long white sandy beaches, so anywhere between November and May would suit this region perfectly. Cancun is also very hot all year round but between December and April, there are usually smaller waves for surfing which makes it an ideal destination then (though still quite humid). You should travel to southern Mexico between May and September when the temperature is usually at its coolest.
It would be best to avoid peak season for traveling within Mexico which is during August (for the entire country) and December (for Mexican destinations). The weather will not be as pleasant but prices are also higher due to high demand.
If you visit Mexico City during this time there will likely be many visitors from other parts of the country coming to see their families too so accommodation might become crowded. However, if you can adjust your schedule accordingly it shouldn’t make a huge difference in price or comfort.
During Christmas time most people travel around this period so accommodations book up way in advance and flights can get pricey between large cities like Mexico City or Cancun because of this.
So if you are planning to go during this time it’s best to start looking for flights and accommodations as far in advance as possible, especially within Mexico City which is the busiest.
When traveling by plane, you should spend the extra money on a custom fare because otherwise you will end up with no legroom or simply not being able to sit at all. This isn’t always something that can be fixed but if nothing else can make your journey comfortable then why not?
The world is a big place, and there are so many places to visit. Mexico is one of the most popular destinations in North America for travelers from India, but it can be difficult to know where to go or what you should do when you get there.
So we have explained these things with some excellent tips on how best to enjoy your time in this beautiful country! Make sure that you book at least one tour before coming down south – these will help give you an idea of all the different areas worth exploring while also giving you ideas about things like day trips and excursions.