The Indian culture is the combination of sub-cultures. Despite having a vast diversity in terms of religion, region and languages. The country stands united as a strong international power with its economy being one of the largest in the world. India is rated as one of the most visited destinations by foreign tourists. It has a diversified landscape with terrains, mountain peaks, plains and plateau region. Find out now why everyone wants to experience Indian culture and why India needs to be first destination on your travel list.
1. Greet By Namaste
We Indians greet each other by joining their hands together at their chest and using the phrase “Namaste” or “Namaskar”. It’s a gesture of respect that can be used globally between people of all age, race and gender. Totally encompassing the belief that “we are one.” The symbol of hands joined together at heart centre “represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us, which is located in the heart chakra”
2. The Guests Are Treated As God
“Atithi Devo Bhava” this is the slogan traced from ancient India. For every Indian the guests are god. In India the guests are treated as God and are well taken care of, even if they are not the part of the family. This Indian tradition of hospitality is known the world over for its warmth and affection. This exactly is the reason, why millions of tourists every year love to come to India.
3. Festivals Making Life A Celebration
Various Indian holidays and festivals are celebrated on a wide scale, irrespective of caste and creed. Some popular festivals include Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Ugadi, Pongal, Holi, Onam, Vijayadashami, Durga Puja, Eid ul-Fitr, Bakr-Id, Christmas, Buddha Jayanti and Baisakhi. The three national holidays are Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti etc.
4. Indian People
Indian people are considerate and affectionate towards the guests. They are generally friendly, helping attitude and hospitable. They treat their guests with warm hospitality and comfort. It is considered bad in India if any guest goes with any kind of hard feeling and so they never let a guest go away unhappy from their home.
5. Yummy Indian Food
Indian food and cuisines must be enjoyed to its fullest once in India. The curries and spices used in preparation of the food are unique to India only. Indian sweets, delicacies, and aroma of the spices used in preparation of the Indian food are really mouth-watering. The Indian cuisine is characterized by a variety of regional styles and sophisticated use of herbs and spices.
6. The Traditional Clothing
The traditional clothing of Indians includes Sarees, ghagra-choli, salwar-kameez, dupatta, dhoti, pyjama and kurta. Nevertheless, Indo-Western clothing, a fusion of Western and Subcontinental fashion, which has largely influenced the young generation.
7. The Traditional Indian Music
The traditional Indian music known as sangeet, focuses on vocals, instruments and dance and is quite popular amongst people in India. However, pop and rock music have also been widely appreciated by the Indians.
8. Indian Architecture
Indian architecture is another significant area that represents the diversity of Indian culture. One can find notable monuments like the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Fatehpur Sikri and Red Fort depicting the Mughal architecture. Mumbai’s Nariman Point is famous for its Art Deco buildings. South India boasts of several Hindu temples like Chennakesava Temple, Hoysaleswara Temple, Kesava Temple, Brihadeeswara Temple, the Sun Temple, Konark Temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and the Buddha Stupa.
9. Indian Bollywood
The Indian film industry is the largest in the world with Bollywood being the major cinematic hub. Bollywood industry is based in Mumbai. Other regional cinemas also exist in Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati and Punjabi. See a movie with the locals.
10. To Discover Spiritual Side
Buddha became enlightened under a Bodhi tree in the northern state of Bihar, now marked by the Mahabodhi Temple. Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is the birthplace of yoga, attracting thousands of spiritually-starved overseas visitors. There are several hill stations, plains and beach areas in India that fascinate tourists from all over the world.
11. Indian Languages
Along with its physical size, India is renowned for its regional diversity -in language, culture, food and architecture. That diversity makes the country endlessly fascinating, even to those who have visited before .But it can make trying to learn the local lingo more challenging than usual for travellers who like to pick up a few phrases.
12. Broaden Your Horizons
The most important reason to visit India is to broaden your horizon and open your eyes to a side of the world that is unimaginable. There’s a big difference between reading about a country with socioeconomic issues and seeing it for yourself. As an Indian I felt India is the most mentally stimulating place because in one look around you see things like poverty, begging and homelessness but in the same eye full, you see the vibrant colors of the women’s saris, beautiful textiles, sweet tropical fruit and exotic spices. It’s incredible.
13. The Shopping
Shopping is always favorite thing for most of the tourists. But India will take you to an entirely new level of shopping. Every shopaholic can find something for him in India. You will find hand stitched fabrics, handicrafts material and Sarees in awe of the colors and patterns! On top of it all being so beautiful, the prices are highly reasonable.
Take the trip and I guarantee you’ll return home with a fresh perspective, a new found love for Indian food, culture and lifetime of memories.
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