I want to gather the main reasons why I fell in love with India. I could add many more, but I do not want to make the entry much more extensive than it already is. This is my tribute to a country that is intense, magical, surreal, sometimes unfair, alive and colorful. A country that makes fall in love with it, and in any case never leaves anyone indifferent. Ensuring you travel with a good travel agent, will make your experience exceptional and will ensure that you enjoy your time in this wonderful destination. Namasté India.
It is incredible to see to what extent religion is so important to the Indians. Performing some activities related to religion occupies a large part of their daily chores, and it is the first thing they do when they get up and the last thing when they go to bed. Every shop, every place of chai, even the smallest business has its altar with some image of Ganesh, Shiva, Brahma, Parvathi or some other Hindu god. The money they earn with the first customer of the day is spent in front of the altar as a kind of a blessing because it brings good luck for the sales of the day. The new cars are ‘baptized’ by the brahmins, the sins are exempted by immersing the body several times in some sacred river or sea and visits to the temples are our daily bread. Even today it moves me to think about the respect that they have for everything sacred because for them it is fundamental, the basis of their culture and their existence.
Beautiful people and beautiful smiles
India is without a doubt home to some of the friendliest people on the planet. From experience, I can say that a wave and a smile to a local goes a long way and their hospitality is something to admire!
Indian’s love us Westerner’s and many of the children haven’t even seen a white person before – it’s quite touching how many of them want to come and say hello and have their photo was taken (be careful of the cheeky ones who will ask you for money).
However it has to be said that the constant staring and pointing may feel a little overwhelming, but within a few days, you won’t even notice it. For travelers going it alone, India could seem a risky choice, but trust me when I say – the welcome you receive makes you feel very at home.
Indian architecture, belonging to different periods of history, bears the stamp of respective periods. Though the cities of Indus Valley provide substantial evidence of extensive town planning, the beginnings of Indian architecture can be traced back to the advent of Buddhism in India. It was in this period that a large number of magnificent buildings came up. Some of the highlights of Buddhist art and architecture are the Great Stupa at Sanchi and the rock-cut caves at Ajanta.
With the establishment of Hindu kingdoms in South India, the south Indian school of architecture began to flourish. The most notable achievements of the Pallava rulers were the rock-cut temples of Mahabalipuram and the temples of Kanchipuram. The Chola, Hoyasala and Vijayanagar rulers also did a remarkable job in the field of architecture. The temples at Thanjavur, Belur and Halebid bear testimony to the architectural excellence of the South Indian rulers.
In north India, there developed a new a different style of architecture. This was called as the Nagara style architecture. In central India, the Chandela rulers built a magnificent temple complex at Khajuraho. With the coming of the Muslim rulers, there developed a new architectural style in India- the Indo-Islamic architecture. The Indo-Islamic style was neither strictly Islamic nor strictly Hindu. The architecture of the medieval period can be divided into two main categories. They are the Delhi or the Imperial Style and the Mughal Architecture.
Festivals in India
India enjoys a vast culture with a multitude of traditions, there are several festivals celebrated throughout the year. The Hindu calendar is marked by festivals and other celebrations all year long, regardless of the region. These include national and local public holidays, some of which are determined according to the lunar calendar.
The most popular festivals in India are the following: Makar Sankranti (the harvest festival), Holi (the festival of colors), Ganesh Chaturthi (the immersion of the God with an elephant head), Deepavali (the festival of lights), Durga Puja (the nine nights of the Goddess Durga), Maha Shivaratri (the great night of Shiva), Hanuman Jayanti (birth of the Lord Hanuman), Krishna Janmashtami (birth of the Lord Krishna), Rama Navami (birth of the Lord Rama), and many more.
People & Lifestyle in India
India is credibly the only country with the largest and most diverse mixture of races. A spell-binding country where people of unlike communities and religions live together in oneness. India is a very culturally diverse country. People speak hundreds of different languages (18 major languages, with English and Hindi as the official languages). But the beauty lies in the fact that despite all the differences, people live with full harmony and love depicting their varied cultures, traditions and dressing styles.
In a country as dissimilar and complex as India, it is not astonishing to find that people here depict the rich glories of the past, the culture, traditions, and values proportional to geographic locations and the various distinctive manners, habits, and food that will always continue to be purely Indian. According to our rich past, a country like India has been invaded by armies, traders and migrants who brought with them their own habits, faiths, practices and honoring which have all added to the rich feel of Indian life and living.
Indian dressing is majorly influenced by the background and culture of the past. Indians are well-known for their dressing style and stylish apparel worn by men and women both. With the advancement in pace and culture, Indian women have altered themselves to be more modernistic and hep. Earlier women used to wear traditional dresses and cover their heads with a veil but with the advancement, they have also grown mature and changed themselves according to time. The traditional Indian dress is the Sari which can be worn in many ways. Indian dresses consist of several beautiful designs, which are also worn by women of other national groups. The Salwar Kameez is the second most popular dress and is attaining popularity fast with the younger generation. Women also wear lehenga cholis etc.
Their love for celebration
Put together all the major religious and cultural festivals in the world and you still won’t get close to the number of festivals that are celebrated in India alone! That is just a testament to how much Indians love celebration. While major ones such as Diwali and Holi are world-renowned and draw tourists from all across the world who want to witness it, almost all of India’s festivals are celebrated with equal fervor and frolic across religious and cultural lines. The best part is that these Indian festivals are accompanied by unique delicacies and specialties, meaning that they are not just a cultural extravaganza, but also a culinary one.
Indian Different Languages
According to Ethnologue, India is considered to be home to 461 languages, out of which 14 have been reported to be extinct.
But still, there is not a single Indian language that is spoken across its length and breadth. Hindi is spoken by a majority of North Indians, but it is not a popular means of communication in the southern part of India. Similarly, South Indian languages such as Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam are not understood by the people of North India.
For the convenience of people, the Constitution of India has recognized 22 languages as the official languages of India. These are known as Scheduled Languages and constitute the major languages of the country. India Language Map provides detailed information about these languages listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution and spoken in different parts of the country.
Food is an important part of Indian culture, playing a role in everyday life as well as in festivals. Indian cuisine varies from region to region, reflecting the varied demographics of the country. India is known for its love for Food and Spices. The multiple varieties of Indian cuisine are characterized by their sophisticated and subtle use of many Spices and Herbs
The popularity of curry, which originated in India, across Asia has often led to the dish being labeled as the “pan-Asian” dish.
In the event that I needed to pick the fundamental motivation behind why I enjoyed India so much, I figure I would abridge it thusly: India inhales life. Its bedlam, its issue, its clamor, its bovines, chickens, canines, and different characters of the creature world; their ladies brimming with shading, their men perusing the paper amidst the road, their uproarious youngsters and photograph hoarders … Their absence of rationale, their confusion when framing a line, the absence of protection, the invalid idea of room , that they are so anxious to drive, how boisterous they talk when they get together in a gathering … all that and a limitless rundown of things appears differently in relation to their humanism as a rule, the fondness with which ladies treated me, the immediacy with which they things occur, the level of surrealism that reality here and there ranges. In India, the absence of laws and standards gives presence a level of franticness however thus it makes it progressively alive and genuine, increasingly true and brimming with sparkle. It is an air pocket in which everything occurs and since I left this nation I understand how far I miss it.