India has a rich history dating back to thousands of years. Its outstanding diversity and traditions carried over since ancient
times is very well preserved. The country is an amalgamation of vibrant colors, exotic sights, spices, energy,
spirituality, religions, heritage, and natural beauty. It is a land of contrast where the past and present exist
side by side. Visiting the majestic country enriches the travel experience like no other.
From north to south, east to west; India offers a diverse range of unique culture, tradition, food, scenery, architecture, heritage sites, and sensory stimulations.
In the north, the Golden Triangle is one of travelers’ popular routes covering the country’s capital – Delhi – to Agra – the city with the monument of love – Taj Mahal, and the city of Jaipur where one gets teleported back to the era of Mughals and maharajas. Explore beautiful valleys and visit famous Buddhist monasteries at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Take a Yoga class in Rishikesh and wash away the sins in the holy river Ganga in Haridwar. Experience the spiritual serenity at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, and watch soldiers from India and Pakistan stomping aggressively at the Wagah border ceremony.
Western India offers contrasting landscapes from miles and miles of sand dunes in the Thar Desert to the city of lakes, Udaipur. In the extreme west lies the birthplace of Gandhi, in the state of Gujarat. Many tourists make the pilgrimage to his home; Sabarmati Ashram.
In Eastern India lies the birthplace of Buddhism. Visit Bodh Gaya where Buddha gained his enlightenment, and walk through the former capital city of India, Calcutta, which is the gateway to the North-Eastern part of India. Conquer the North East by visiting the ‘Seven Sisters’; namely Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Tripura.
In the south, one can celebrate and party all night long by the beautiful beaches of Goa. In case, tranquility and picturesque coastlines are what one is looking for, then the beaches of coastal Kerala and Karnataka are the perfect getaway from the maddening crowd. The Kerala State is the mecca for tourists looking to bust their stress and rejuvenate. From magnificent houseboats in the world-famous backwaters to India’s ancient Ayurveda treatment and relaxation therapies, one can relax the body, mind, and soul.
Tamil Nadu is the heart of ancient Dravidian civilization and home to numerous temples, historical sites, and the classical dance form Bharatanatyam. Culturally unique, its people still proudly practice age-old rituals. The state’s delicacies like dosa, idli, chutneys, and many other lip-smacking food are sought by both foreigners and Indians alike.
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Culture is one of India’s top exports to the world. From Bollywood films to aromatic spices, the diversity of its culture is incomparable. Belonging to five of the world’s oldest civilizations, the country is the birthplace of many religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and a cradle for human spirit. It is possible to immerse oneself into the thousands of unique cultures of different religions and communities coexisting peacefully, and contributing to the region’s literature, philosophy, architecture, art, and music.
Traditions in India vary significantly influenced strongly by the regional practices, ancient scriptures, rituals, history, geography, caste, and religion, all of which have dictated the way of life for thousands of years. From colorful ethnic wears, numerous classical dance forms, and vibrant festivals to treating guests as gods, Indian traditions will leave everyone spellbound.
Food in India is as diverse as its culture and traditions are. Give the taste buds a savory delight in one of the countless culinary landmarks spread across the country, which are deeply rooted to the region’s rich history. The wide range of vegetation, climate, soil, culture, ethnic groups, occupations, and indigenous spices ensure that the culinary experience will be like no other.
Best time to visit: India is a relatively large country with varied weather. It is best to avoid the monsoon season that begins at the end of May in the southern part of India and ends in Northern India by September. However, this is also the best time for getting Ayurveda therapy. Otherwise, it is advisable to visit India during the dry season, which is between October and April. Read More