CULTURAL AND HERITAGE
CULTURAL AND HERITAGE
“Unity in diversity”- the age old saying can aptly be used for a country like India, which is home to rich and incredible culture and heritage. A few quotations or statements cannot describe the pedestal that India holds on to the world map because of its colourful and unique culture. India’s history and culture is dynamic, spanning back to the beginning of human civilization. It begins with a mysterious culture along the Indus River and in farming communities in the southern lands of India. The culture of India is as old, varied and unique as India itself. In every nook and corner of India cultural diversity can be experienced at first hand. Be it North, South, East and West every state has carved out its own cultural niche. The warmth in the relations and euphoria in celebrations make the country stand out distinctively in the global fraternity. Everything, from the culture and values to customs, rituals and traditions, is special’ in this ‘Land of Gods’. Although India is a tolerant and accepting country it’s polite to dress appropriately when travelling, especially in rural areas, which tend to be more conservative.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
India is a land of cultural and geographical diversities and is popularly known as the country of fairs and festivals. India is the epitome to experience various types of cultures, traditions along with fairs and festivals. The fairs and festival mark the continuation of our heritage which has been passed from generation to generation. No matter where and at what time of the year you are in India, there is always a festival round the corner, for is a festival for every reason in India. On the other hand there are religious fair, historical fair, cattle fair along with many others that lures many tourists from across the world to experience altogether a different culture and environment. The celebrations of each of the festivals and fair symbolize the lifestyle and vigor of the people.
All Indian fair and festivals have lots of diversity and sanctity according to culture, lifestyle religion of each state and region, like Durga Puja is the main festival of West Bengal, Ganesh Chaturthi is the main festival of Maharashtra, Onam is the main festival of Kerala, Holi and Deepawali in North India, Kumbh Mela in Haridwar and Allahabad and the list goes on and on without any end.
India is definitely the most celebrated place in the world if the numbers of festivals being held here are taken into consideration! We plan tours and trips in and around the popular Indian festivals, to let travelers have the best of the best experience.
ART AND ARCHITECTURE
ART AND ARCHITECTURE
In your life you might go anywhere, do anything or be anyone, you cannot express those feeling of pride either in words or expressions when some takes the name “India”. If culture and heritage would have been the currency, India would have ranked as the world richest country. There was a time when India was known by the name “Sone ki chidiya” “The Bird of Gold” which attracted the attention of many conquerors from across the world. Instead of going through lot of turmoil, wars and conquests one thing that has remained constant is the architectural and artistic prowess of the masters.
India is simply unique in terms of history, spirituality, rich socio-cultural ethos and cultural diversity- there is simply no other like it. And one cannot overlook it!! India has been blessed with sites and spectacles so unique that they need a big round of applaud. Today, India is home to 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites that should be on everyone cards planning to explore India. As a result of the vast diversities that reign over India in the past, a vast range of architectural specimens have evolved, retaining a certain amount of rich history across all the destinations in India.
In India religion and spirituality are often used as synonyms. They are not opposed instead they are the branches of the same stem. Spirituality and religion are part of everyday life of us Indians. As a result of vast diversities, a vast range of architectural specimens have evolved, retaining a certain amount of continuity across history. Perhaps in no other country across the world one can come across a sadhu walking through the street without bothering who is look at him or who is not. India is home to all the main religions of the world, thriving in harmony since ages. Arts like Yoga and Ayurveda coupled with religion have played an important role in the evolution and existence of spirituality in India. India has a mix of religions but the majority of people are Hindu. Religion is deeply embedded in the psyche of the Indian people which is evident in the countless number of shrines, temples,
What would be your dream holiday? Do you prefer relaxing on the beach or exploring a historical city? Or does the spirit of adventure dictate your holiday destination? Adventure getaways are the latest in terms of experiential holidays – whether you’re travelling with your partner or a group of friends. Imagine getting lost in the surreal mountains or taking a tour of the amazing National Park or Sanctuary. If adrenaline rush and a sense of satisfaction is all you require at the end of a trip, then adventure trip is all you need to plan for your next outing with friends.
Adventure travel is hugely popular in India, as there is such a wide range of things to do. The Himalaya region is the setting for many India adventure travel activities. Be it on the east, west, north or south, the country has ample of options that offer the desired adrenaline kicks to the adventure junkies. Some of the adventure sports to be experience in India include trekking, para sailing, skiing, rock climbing, scuba diving, mountaineering, camping and camel safari. Apart from all these India is fast emerging as the rafting destination owning to the largest network of river. Make the memories to be cherished lifetime by cruising down rushing rivers of crashing waves and swirling rapids.
Approximately 4% of the total Indian land is forests in which 90 forests are national parks and 482 Wildlife Sanctuaries. According to statistics, India has 60-70% world’s bio diversity. These forests are home to rich Indian wildlife ranging from Asian Elephants to Asiatic Lion, Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Indian Rhinoceros and Leopard. There are hundreds of bird species and it is one of the best places for bird watching. Some of the famous national parks that are on every travellers list includes: Jim Corbett National Park (Uttaranchal), Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, Gir National Park in Sasangir (Gujarat), Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur are rich in bird species.
Wildlife is no more the indulgence of the sahibs or elite or nature enthusiasts. If your last few holidays were to the hills, beach or in a city, visiting a wildlife sanctuary will be a ‘wildly’ refreshing experience. Choose the destination, book the accommodation and safari, pack your aviators, binoculars, sun protection gear and get ready to enter the jungle. India’s finest national parks have in store for you many things. From hearing the roar of the lion echoing in the jungle, feel the earth grumble as the rhino charges past and feast at the spectacular sights of the peacocks dancing, cranes feeing their young ones and flamingos taking a flight to their nests in the wildlife sanctuaries of India.
SPA AND WELLNESS
SPA AND WELLNESS
Tired of the daily lifestyle? How about planning a spa break! Round up your group of friends and plan a mini-vacation or take a short romantic break with your partner. Ayurveda is an ancient system that uses the inherent principles of nature to help maintain health in individual. Recently the Indian spa industry has grown in leaps and bounds, offering holistic therapies from the art of ancient Ayurveda to the latest facials and other treatment have evolved. In India, few destinations can beat Kerala and Rishikesh when it comes to the wide variety of spas available. Most of the spas offer Ayurveda treatments as well as yoga learning centers. While the concept of luxury spa holidays is still in its nascent stages in India, it has been observed that the number of tourists opting for this tour has skyrocketed over the years.
India is not just about site seeing. There is more to India than trekking, mountain climbing, raving down the river in high speed, seeing the Taj Mahal or roaming the crowded lanes of India. India is about experiences; the experiences that drive you to the extremes, experiences that will beckon you back for more and more. Indian food has a richly deserved reputation as one of the world’s great cuisines. For vegetarians, in particular, Indian food is a complete delight. However, the best foods you will ever have can be found on these very streets of India. The street foods are delicious, affordable and contrary to popular belief, appetizing. In addition, there is no need to spend precious time looking down the menu and deciding what to eat. Taste the sweet lime tang of a nimbu panni, India’s most popular thirst quencher, the fiery zing of green chillies, or the cool of a coconut kulfi ice cream.
There are far more tourists as well as Indians traveling around the country at any given time. All-in-all, accommodation, like so many other things in India, provides good value for money, though in the major cities, especially, there are luxury establishments that charge international prices for providing Western-style comforts and service. However, India offers wide range of accommodation to its visitors for their stay. There’s a hotel for every budget in India – from luxury resorts to small cheap motels. India is well known for its cheap, clean middle-rung motels and hotels which offer decent accommodation and other hospitality services. Many destinations in India also have the provision of home stay, tented accommodation, boutique hotels, Ayurvedic Resorts, Beach Resorts and House Boats if so demanded by the clients.