India tours are a way to get a glimpse of this vibrant and exotic land. Being home of one of the oldest civilizations known to man, the Indus valley civilization, it has one of the richest and diverse culture and heritage in the world spanning over 5000 years. With 28 states and 7 union territories, India has varied culture, art and architecture and traditions pertaining to each region. There are several UNESCO world heritage sites, numerous dance forms and musical styles and exquisite art and handicrafts. Each region boats of its own unique cuisines. Chicken tikka is an international export and now a global dish. India is known for its spices and truly so.
Let us journey through some of the reflections of this rich heritage. A perfect ode to love, Taj Mahal stands in the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh in its full romantic splendour. A couple of other two UNESCO World Heritage sites are Agra Red fort and Fatehpur Sikri. The place is also famous for its handicrafts artifacts such as Inlay work on marble, leather work, jewellery and mbroidery work, among others. Yet another UNESCO world heritage site is Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh is the world famous for temples, some with the depiction of Kamasutra. It is a meticulously crafted ensemble of 85 temples which are carved with small statues all over temple space. Then there are the Buddhist caves of Ajanta and Ellora, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in Maharashtra state. These caves showcase exquisite paintings on its walls depicting the events in the life of the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha and the stories of Buddha’s earlier incarnation.
Various cities of India are famous for their colourful dispositions and deep rooted cultures and traditions. Udaipur, also known as Venice of the East, is one such city and is surrounded by lakes and scenic beauty. Shilpgram, the craft village, exhibits the wonderful art and craft of the region along with many music and dance concerts.
Religion has always played a vital role in shaping the history of India. Benaras or Varanasi happens to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The holy shrine of Kashi Vishwanath is revered among Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and others as a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Bishnupur, a temple town near Kolkata is famous for its terracotta temples. Handcrafted Baluchari saris with Mahabharata are another highlight of this place.
Folk and classical dances and classical music are a way of expression. India, in its usual style, has plenty of them too. From Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi to Kuchipudi and Kathakali, Indian classical dances are unique and dipped in culture of their region of origin. India has many world renowned classical music artistes. Pandit Ravi Shankar is a Grammy winner music artist and is famous internationally for his soulful Sitar music. Pandit Shiv kumar and Hariprasad Chaurasia are also known globally for their soulful music through santoor and flute respectively.
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