India is a diverse nation in every aspects of it’s day to day life. It is a culture that is embedded in thousand years of history and tales that have shaped the graciousness and beauty with which the tourists are awed and welcomed. The geographical differences across the regional landscape from the Himalaya standing high in the North and the peninsula wrapped in by the ocean on three sides in the South. The different regions provide a different color in the Kaleidoscope of Indian territory both in terms of culture and infrastructure. Thus it creates an array of destinations and experiences.
Summer provides the sizzling beaches in the south, or even an escape up in the mountains amid the year around snow clad mountains. The middle India has expanse of green plains that is almost mesmerizing. Or trek along the Western Ghats for the thrill of adventure. No matter the season festivities in India never end. They bring with them light, color, music and an atmosphere that is electric and inescapable. Among all this there is a diversity of plants and animals that still remains to be fully discovered.
And staying in India can be humbling as well as exotic. Living among the layman to experience the common man’s India or be pulled away into the royal history of a rich monarchy. Tourist points have many royal forts and palaces that have been turned into heritage hotels. The grandeur of the best of the hotels and resorts in the Indian tourism hubs isn’t a scarcity either. Its impossible that such rich diversity wouldn’t open gates to a shopper’s heaven. Trinkets, clothing, silk, stones, crafted jewelry and carved figures, painting and much more at steal-away prices if one has the skills of bargaining and the patience to go to the right places.
India is warm and embracing to the tourists walking through the streets, bumping into another history, a new culture at each turn.
Indian languages are as diverse as its culture. The regional languages change from state to state and dialects change even within those regions. Thus, India has no National Language but has English and Hindi as its official languages.
The diversity within Religion in a country as culturally diverse as India is no small feat. India’s majority religion is Hinduism, practiced by almost an 80% of population. Hinduism is one the largest practiced religion in Asia and among the oldest extant faiths in the world. With million’s of Gods in the belief system, the religion is varied and different in all its aspects. But this difference has resulted in a rich heritage of temples, prayer house, religion and faith hubs and practices. A day spent on the shores of the river, among the constant chants from various holy scriptures can give peace equivalent to being among the isolated mountains. The belief of rebirth and ultimate union with God gives strength with a positivity that has helped the natives beat against odd at all times
With Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism and so many other religions its almost unique to observe how such different belief systems have fused together to form an Indian culture.
Buddhism was founded in Northern India around 500 BC and the Buddhist missionaries have traced along the nation as its history had. The religion has helped to motivate and to give hope to the destitute and those in need of something bigger than themselves. India is one of the largest Muslim nations on the earth. With Mughal Empire invasion of India came Islam and with it came a renaissance of art, music and poetry that impacted every other culture and religion in its aftereffect.
Another prominent religion that was started to bring together the best from every other religion, Sikhism. Its pious, its divine and it believes in the power of humanity over the power of an entity. The Sikh temples, known as Gurudwaras are places free from the clutches of politics and social evils bringing people together in faith and for an exchange of kindness. These can be found throughout the country and make a good stop for anyone looking for peace.
Religion has shaped India and is being shaped by a changing India everyday.
India offers almost every weather in all its season. The regions and altitudes vary from region to region, state to state. However, India sees the maximum tourism between October and March. In the summer it has winter reprieves in the Northern and eastern India or even the perfect beaches for tans. Based on tourism statistics, October to March tend to be the most popular months throughout much of India. The monsoon in the south and the heat of the desert in the west has an allure to its niche tourists. And for the wild at hearts and the nature lovers trekking and hiking season is considered best from April to November to avoid the extreme cold temperatures of the winter season. But the winter makes up for one of the best ski seasons.
Clothing has to be considered depending on the region and its climate. There is certain clothing restriction in certain regions or places of religion/faith. Though a conservative approach to clothing is preferable especially when out on the streets, a local guide is the best point of reference in such a situation.