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79 Incredible India Quotes To Spice Up Your Instagram Captures

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India is a vast and diverse land full of surprise and mystery that has mesmerised, frustrated, and inspired writers, travellers and other famous folks for generations.

This collection of the most beautiful India quotes might inspire you to travel to India or to find out more about this great country!

You can only partially prepare yourself for the culture shock of visiting India; even then, it will throw umpteen surprises at you. You will see filthy roads, grinding poverty, cows on the streets, and overcrowded trains. You might get struck down with the dreaded Delhi Belly, and there are safety issues for solo female travellers to understand. 


Most visitors are entranced by the stunning landscapes and India’s vibrant culture, and many say they would revisit India. India burrows deep into your soul, and I can’t wait to see India again.

These India quotes will help you see India through the words of explorers, writers and other travellers.

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Best India Quotes

Let’s start with some of the best quotes about India from well-known names. I wonder which of the 75 India quotes will be your favourite?

“If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.” Romain Rolland

“Time spent in India has an extraordinary effect on one. It acts as a barrier that makes the rest of the world seem unreal!” Tahir Shah

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“India is a place where colour is doubly bright. Pinks that scald your eyes, blues you could drown in.” Kiran Millwood Hargrave 

“Always do the right things because it takes you in the right direction.” Mahatma Gandhi

“In India, even the most mundane inquiries have a habit of ending this way. There may be two answers. There may be five, a dozen or a hundred; the only thing that is certain is that all will be different.” Eric Newby

“India will teach us the tolerance and gentleness of mature mind, understanding spirit and a unifying, pacifying love for all human beings.” Will Durant

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“Waking up in India is like waking up to life itself.” Reymond Page

“Don’t we each have the right to not stop seeking until we get as close to the source of wonder as possible? Even if it means coming to India and kissing trees in the moonlight for a while?” Elizabeth Gilbert

“India is not a nation, nor a country. It is a subcontinent of nationalities.” Muhammad Ali Jinnah

“However virile the English language may be, it can never become the language of the masses of India.” Mahatma Gandhi

“I listen to the sound of India’s voices for the last time. Laughter ripples like water. A prayer is a single note held long. There is so much life here. And too much death. I feel a soft breeze caress my face and I look up. An orange ribbon is floating through the air. In India, it’s easy to see the wind.” Cathy Ostlere

“I noted that people are happy here in India. When I went back home, people had everything in the materialistic sense and were surrounded with abundance, but they were not happy.” Goldie Hawn

“India teaches me again and again that the categories into which I try to divide things don’t hold up.” Dina Moes

Short Quotes on India

If you want just a few words for your Instagram captions, look no further than these short India quotes.

“India is a country in which every great religion finds a home”. Annie Besant

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“Pink is the navy blue of India”. Diana Vreeland

“The world is the body and India is its life.” Khalid Masood

“Everything is recycled in India, even dreams.” Shashi Tharoor

“I would say, if you have a dream, follow it. It doesn’t really matter whether you are a woman or from India or from wherever.” Kalpana Chawla

“The future of India lies in its villages.” Mahatma Gandhi

“To the nameless and unsung heroes of our freedom struggle, we offer our humble tribute. Their life-blood nourishes the body of independent India.” Rajiv Gandhi

“When I die, India will be found engraved on my heart.” Mary of Teck (Wife of King George V)

“India has over 20 percent of the kids born in this world. And they move around a lot.” Bill Gates

India does not need to become anything else. India must become only India. This is a country that once upon a time was called the golden bird.” Narendra Modi

“India is a major power, with a youthful and hardworking population, and has an incredibly bright future. I hope the U.K. can be part of that journey as a close partner”. Rishi Sunak

“In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking”. Joe Biden

“India allows you the luxury of a million inequalities. You can be a schoolboy selling tea to passengers sitting in a state transport bus, but you are royalty when compared to a shirtless, barefoot village boy, from what was traditionally considered an untouchable caste, living on snails and small fish – and sometimes rats.” Amitava Kumar

Quotes About India by Mark Twain

I have always believed that Mark Twain has some of the best things to say about India. The writer of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Prince and the Pauper travelled through India for about three months in 1896. He said that visiting India was “an adventure for which he was totally unprepared“.

Here’s a selection of the best Mark Twain quotes about India:

“India has two million gods, and worships them all. In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire.” Mark Twain

“[India is] the One land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.” Mark Twain

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great-grandmother of tradition. our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” Mark Twain

“This is indeed India!

the land of dreams and romance, 

of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, 

of splendour and rags, 

of palaces and hovels, 

of famine and pestilence, 

of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, 

of tigers and elephants, 

the cobra and the jungle, 

the country of hundred nations and a hundred tongues, 

of a thousand religions and two million gods.” Mark Twain

South Indian Quotes

Of all the India quotes, this next one has to be my absolute favourite! South Indian food is so very good!

“If you don’t love South Indian cuisine, you are either an alien, or your taste buds are spoiled.” Ankit Singhal

“I have stayed in south India all my life. English comes more naturally to me than Hindi.” Anushka Sharma

Best India Quotes About Mumbai

“Bombay, you will be told, is the only City India has, in the sense that the word city is understood in the West. Other Indian metropolises like Calcutta, Madras, and Delhi are like oversized villages.

It is true that Bombay has many more high-rise buildings than any other Indian city: when you approach it by the sea, it looks like a miniature New York. It has other things to justify its city status: it is congested, it has traffic jams at all hours of the day, it is highly polluted, and many parts of it stink.” Khushwant Singh (Truth, Love, and a Little Malice) 

Best Quotes on Indian Culture

“India has many customs and rituals that may seem bizarre to anyone not used to its distinctive culture. It is a strange combination of being a young nation as well as an ancient country.” Hanadi Falki 

“India is not, as people keep calling it, an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay.” Shashi Tharoor

“Indians are the Italians of Asia and vice versa. Every man in both countries is a singer when he is happy, and every woman is a dancer when she walks to the shop at the corner. For them, food is the music inside the body and music is the food inside the heart. ‘Amore’ or ‘Pyar’ makes every man a poet, a princess of peasant girl if only for second eyes of man and woman meets.” Gregory David Roberts

“Indian cinema gives you everything that western cinema doesn’t. It’s masaledar and spicy. If you like Indian food, I think you’ll love Indian movies.” Shahid Kapoor

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“More dreams are realized and extinguished in Bombay than any other place in India.” Gregory David Roberts

“Until she went with him to India the first time after they were married. Then it all made sense, and she realized that the hospitality he displayed to all guests was larger than he was – it was cultural, hereditary, something coded into his DNA.” Thrity Umrigar

“In the life of the Indian, there is only one inevitable duty – the duty of prayer-the daily recognition of the Unseen and Eternal. Our daily devotions were more necessary to us than daily food.” Charles Alexander Eastman

More Quotes about India on Her Culture

“Indian classical music and dance are not just for entertainment. They are designed to elevate your consciousness.” Mona

“You can take the Indian out of the family, but you cannot take the family out of the Indian.” Amit Kalantri

“India – a land where the last thing one needs to bother with is looking good. In India – at least in the circles I moved in – it’s natural to look beautiful by the smile in your heart and the way you move through the world.” Erin Reese

Best India Food Quotes

“I love Indian food; it’s my favourite cuisine. I love the mixture of spices and the subtle flavours. It’s really erotic; the spices are so sensuous.” Joe Perry

“Indian food is like classical music raga- it takes time to build up to a crescendo.” Shobhaa De

“When I stopped eating meat, I fell in love with East Indian food – there’s so much selection, and they use the most beautiful spices.” Laura Mennell

“I think there is a real misconception about Indian food being super spicy. And I know that’s because when you go into an Indian restaurant, it is pretty spicy. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, my husband can’t handle a lot of heat. I’ve had to temper my cooking so that he can eat with me.” Aarti Sequeira

“Kerala’s food evolved from the diverse people who traversed this land. The story of Kerala is closely linked to the story of the world’s eagerness for spices. Because of the wealth this land possessed, people of various countries, religions and races arrived for trade. Flourishing commerce translated into an enthusiastic reception for those who could conduct business competently. Which, in turn, opened up avenues for new religions and communities. Eventually, colonization spelt an end to the hospitality, but it also gave rise to the strong ethos of Malayali-ness that now marks this land.” Theresa Varghese

Quotes about India on Spirituality

“If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India.” Max Muller

“In India, you’re taught that there are certain qualities that make you a divine human being.” Deepak Chopra

“I am an Indian and we celebrate all festivals in every region of every religion. That is why it is called Incredible India!” Vinayak Muraleedharan

“I like the evening in India, the one magic moment when the sun balances on the rim of the world, and the hush descends, and ten thousand civil servants drift homeward on a river of bicycles, brooding on Lord Krishna and the cost of living.” James Cameron

“In India, I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth, but not adhering to it, inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything, but possessed by nothing.” Apollonius Tyanaeus

“To me, India’s always represented ‘everything’; it represents ‘all.’ Everything is here. You can stay here forever, and you’ll never feel like you’ve missed out on life.” Chris Martin

“It is the intense spirituality of India, and not any great political structure or social organization that it has developed, that has enabled it to resist the ravages of time and the accidents of history.” Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan

“In India we celebrate the commonality of major differences; we are a land of belonging rather than of blood.” Shashi Tharoor

“India lives in several centuries at the same time.” Arundhati Roy

“If I would be given a chance to rewrite the dictionary, I would flip through the pages so quick and would replace India with, the land where beauty is redefined in itself, kindness has been touched, warmth has been spread and emotions have been felt.” Magith Noohukhan

“The World is my home and India is my living room. I’m independent in my living room to explore, hoping someday I will also be able to explore my own home.” Bikram Mahata

“When the land of snake charmers begins charming the world, the credit goes to its People, its Youth.” Vivek Narayan Sharma

“Living in a small town [in India] was like living in a glass house!” Mallika Nawal

“India will reveal to you the places in your heart that must be purified.” Erin Reese

“India is not a country, but a home. Khalid Masood 

“But nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear or to merge in something else.” E. M. Forster

Quotes about India on Science and Mathematics

“Gravitation was known to the Hindus (Indians) before the birth of Newton. The syst em of blood circulation was discovered by them centuries before Harvey was heard of.” P. Johnstone

“We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.” Albert Einstein

It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent to the west, such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system. Will Durant (American Historian, 1885-1981)

Whenever I have read any part of the Vedas, I have felt that some unearthly and unknown light illuminated me. In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of sectarianism. It is of all ages, climbs, and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge. When I read it, I feel that I am under the spangled heavens of a summer night. Henry David Thoreau

“After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense.” W. Heisenberg (German Physicist, 1901-1976)

“Our present knowledge of the nervous system fits in so accurately with the internal description of the human body given in the Vedas (5000 years ago). Then the question arises whether the Vedas are really religious books or books on anatomy of the nervous system and medicine.” B G Rele (The Vedic Gods)

India Quotes About Travel 

Indian train journeys offer a real immersion into the life of daily life of local people. I have great memories of the train journey from Delhi to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort as a teenager. Here are some the most inspiring India travel quotes:

“The train system in India is chaotic and fun – it’s the best way to see the landscape. Being in with all the families and also being the odd animal is a colourful experience you’ll never forget. Natalie Dormer

“There are three trips you take to India: the one you think you’re going to have – that you plan for; the one you actually have; and the one you live through once you go back home.” Erin Reese

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” Anita Desai

“To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colours, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolour.” Keith Bellows 

“In some peculiar way, indeed, the rules were now beginning to seem quite logical. It was then I knew that I had been in India long enough.” Tahir Shah 

Inspiring Quotes on India

“Rains are an act of God in India. And God, as we know, is a law unto himself. He is not responsible, neither is He accountable. That is the essence of God: He gives with two hands and takes away with eight more. Why else would Indian gods and goddesses have several pairs of hands?” Kiran Nagarkar

“Where does one go in a tremendous city like Calcutta to find insider information? I recalled India’s golden rule: do the opposite of what would be normal anywhere else.” Tahir Shah

“Calcutta’s the only city I know where you are actively encouraged to stop strangers at random for a quick chat.” Tahir Shah

Wrap Up – The Best India Quotes

So there we have it! Did you enjoy this huge collection of quotes about India? I hope you can scatter some India quotes through your Instagram captures or use them to inspire a trip to this most wonderful and rewarding county!

PS If browsing through these India quotes has inspired you to read more, here’s the complete travel quotes collection.

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