The subcontinent of India lies in south Asia, between
Pakistan, China and Nepal. To the north it is bordered by
the world's highest mountain chain, where foothill valleys
cover the northernmost of the country's 26 states. Further
south, plateaus, tropical rain forests and sandy deserts
are bordered by palm fringed beaches .
Side by side with the country's staggering topographical
variations is its cultural diversity, the result of the
coexistence of a number of religions as well as local
tradition. Thus, the towering temples of south India,
easily identifiable by their ornately sculptured surface,
are associated with a great many crafts and performing
arts of the region.
In the desert of Kutch, Gujarat, on the other hand, a
scattering of villages pit themselves against the awesome
forces of nature, resulting in Spartan lifestyles made
vibrant by a profusion of jewelry and ornamental
embroidery used to adorn apparel and household linen. In
the extreme north is the high altitude desert of Ladakh.
Local culture is visibly shaped by the faith - Buddhism
-as well as by the harsh terrain. Yet another facet of
Indian culture is observed in the colorful tribal
lifestyles of the north eastern states of Nagaland,
Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur with their folk culture.
In the central Indian states of Orissa and Madhya Pradesh
tribal village life has resulted in a variety of
artistically executed handicrafts.
India's mountains provide heli skiing, river running,
mountaineering and trekking. Its beaches provide lazy
sun-bathing as well as wind surfing and snorkeling, and
its jungles provide shooting wildlife -with a camera.
India's history goes back to 3,200 BC when Hinduism was
first founded. Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism. Judaism.
Zoroashtrianism, Christianity and Islam all exist within
the country today. As a consequence of India's size, the
history of the country has seldom been the same for two
adjoining territories, and its great natural wealth has
lured a succession of traders and foreign influences to
it, each having left their imprint in the country, however
faint or localized. Thus, Chinese fishing nets in Kerala
are a throwback to that country's ancient maritime trade,
while in the north, terra-cotta figurines of the centuries
BC bear distinctly Greek traces.
Modern India is home alike to the tribal with his
anachronistic lifestyle and to the sophisticated urban
jetsetter. It is a land where temple elephants exist
amicably with the microchip. Its ancient monuments are the
backdrop for the world's largest democracy where atomic
energy is generated and industrial development has brought
the country within the world's top ten nations. Today,
fishermen along the country's coastline fashion simple
fishing boats in a centuries old tradition while, a few
miles away. motor vehicles glide off conveyor belts in
Visit Northern India for Kashmir an emerald valley,
cradled in the Himalayas, under crystalline blue skies,
and against the backdrop of snow capped mountains.
Spend delightful holidays on the lakes with the shikaras
and houseboats, trek the highest mountain peaks in Ladakh
or visit the shrines in Jammu; Delhi for the famous Taj
Mahal (Agra) or Himachal Pradesh for picturesque valleys
of Kullu and Kangra , Lahaul and Spiti the stunning lunar
and scape-like beauty; Punjab for the Golden Temple; The
Indian Colorful state Rajasthan for Camel ride in deserts.
Eastern India for Tea and Coffee gardens in Assam,
Buddhism Trails in Bihar, Soul of India The Orissa, or the
City of Joy the Kolkata (Calcutta) in West Bengal
Western India for the Golden Gujarat, Exotic Beaches in
Goa, Rare Sculptures in Khajuraho of Madhya Pradesh, or
the Beauty of Ajanta & Ellora Caves in Aurangabad of
South India for Historical Monuments in Andhra Pradesh,
Carnatic Music & Dance of Karnataka, Gold's Own Country
the Kerala for its Mangrove Beaches, Green, red and the
blue of the ocean with numerous coconut trees, the
Houseboats in Backwaters , Tourist's Paradise the state of
Tamil Nadu to revel on the Marina beach or go cruising in
the theme parks or let your mind rest in peace in the
midst of magnificent-temples. You may walk through the
living traditions and relive the timeless past.
Overall the Holidaying in India will appeal all your
senses and you'll carry home happy memories that may last
for the lifetime. Come to this land for a total traveling
India with its rich and varied Culture is known for its
diverse landscapes and Climates. This variety between the
Mountains, Plateaus and Plains and the climates of these
regions ensure that the visitors can never complain of
lack of choices. Indian Journey back into times immemorial
, Various empires and Dynasties have ruled India. The
Monuments created by them shower the magnificence and
Glory of Art and architecture of those bygone Eras. The
Monuments offer the first hand experience of those kings
behind each monument is an underlying but definite sources
of Mystery, Intrigue and Romance.