If there is one country which has overwhelmed its tourist with different cultures, it’s India. Being a diverse country, India has lived and will live to its potential title. India is the only country in the entire world where people practice different religions and have so many different cultures, yet call themselves Indians. Popularly known for culture, festivals, and food, the land has been a popular tourist destination for many decades. The subcontinent country is also famous for its history, wildlife, dances, languages, and much more. Tourists come from different parts of the world to visit and witness the greatness of India. To know more about India and the activities you can indulge in, keep reading!
Different Religions are widespread across India. People of India practice a variety of religions like Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, etc. Every religion has its own charm, customs, and festivals. The culture of different places across India is influenced by religion too!
Every state that you travel will strike you as a different country altogether! The languages, dance, music, architecture and even clothing of the local’s changes with almost every state. Each culture showcases so many colorful and meaningful festivals and celebrations. The folk dances, music and historical places give you a glimpse of the lives of the locals.
India celebrates more festivals than any other nation does. These festivals are religion-related or people also celebrate the local heroes and their achievements. Then, of course, there are amazing celebrations on Independence and Republic days when the entire nation comes together and thank the national heroes for fighting for India’s independence. There are parades, fantastic air shows and mesmerizing performances on these most important national holidays.
Apart from these, you’d love to be a part of the Holi festival, also known as the festival of colors. People throw powdered colors at each other in the spirit of fun. Witness the beauty of lit up houses and fireworks on Diwali, the festival of lights. The streets, bazaars and all the houses can be seen decorated with beautiful lights. During Eid, the decorations and festivities are top notches but the best part? Food! You’ll get to taste some amazingly delicious food items which you may not have ever tried!
Christmas and New Years’ is a magical time in India as well, much like the rest of the world!
Every festival has a holy or a historical story behind it where goodness dominated the evil and marked its importance. Indians celebrate every festival irrespective of their religions. Secular India has given an opportunity to people around the world for blending into the social environment and witness the celebration of different Indian festivals with ease.
In India, People believe that the path to a person’s soul is through the stomach. The wide variety of spices and herbs used makes Indian dishes taste delicious. Some of the Indian cuisines that are famous are as following.
Bengali food is famous for its desserts around the world. The seafood served in Bengal is another one of their specialties.
Gujarat’s traditional Gujarati thali is a must try for all. Vegetarian food is served in a Gujarati thali and it is bound to tingle your taste-buds!
Then there is the Hyderabadi food which is incredibly tasty but is also quite spicy. Finger-licking south Indian breakfast like Dosa, Idli, etc. is a must try when in India.
The land of famous sweet drink Lassi should also be on a tourist’s list. Punjabi food serves a whole lot of mouth-watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian food which cannot be missed out.
There are loads of other cuisines that you can experience in your visit to India. For a foodie, this place is heaven!
4) Places to visit in India
Just to get you started, we are enlisting some places that’ll give you a flavor of India’s cultural diversity.
Desert, folk songs, forts, and palaces make Rajasthan a beautiful place to start your Indian journey. The royal past of Rajasthan is enlightened in its forts and majestic palaces. The Ranthambore and Sariska National Parks give you a chance to encounter the wildlife. Exotic Heritage hotels like Rambagh Palace in Jaipur and Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur allow you to experience the royal lifestyle. Desert Safari in Jaisalmer is another memorial travel experience one cannot miss out.
New Delhi is unlike any other city in the world. Red Fort, India’s most historic site and courtesy of Mughal architecture serves as a museum these days. Almost a 1000 years old monument, Qutub Minar gives a stunning view when visited at sunset. Humayun’s tomb, Delhi’s very own Red Taj Mahal symbolizes the history of Mughal Empire. Another stunning architecture with appealing sight at night is Lotus Temple. And of course, being the nation’s capital, it is home to various prominent government buildings like the parliament.
The economic capital of India, Mumbai, showcases the urban lifestyle in India. Witness thousands of people go to work every day and yet enjoy their lives in pubs, marketplaces or just hanging out at Marine drive, one of the most popular waterfronts in Mumbai. In this land of Bollywood, you can visit various clubs and shooting locations, Gateway of India and much more!
God’s own country has dozens of attractions and reasons to visit. The romantic beaches let you stretch out under the shadows of the palm trees and enjoy a refreshing coconut drink. The backwaters and a houseboat give a heavenly experience.
The Agra’s very own Taj Mahal can humble you beneath its glorious history. The mammoth architecture gives its tourist goosebumps when told about the historic tale of this beauty. Besides the beauty of Taj Mahal, there are several other attractions like forts, Palaces, and gardens to visit Agra.
The land of temples, the city of Lord Shiva, and divine river Ganga attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists every day. The spectacular aarthi (prayers to the Gods) at night on ghat of river Ganga steals the show. Boat rides, street food, and temples are other attractions of this place.