There can be no better introduction to the magic of India, its splendour and diversity, than the words of India’s great poet Allama Iqbal - "The great civilizations of Greece, Rome and Egypt have vanished from this earth, but the unique identity of Indian civilization survives". It is the land about which the great philosopher Rabindranath Tagore wrote:

"The great civilizations of Greece, Rome and Egypt have vanished from this earth, but the unique identity of Indian civilization survives"

 

 

 

It is the land about which the great philosopher Rabindranath Tagore wrote:

"Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward…” 

 

India – the land of magic and mystery, of dazzling beauty and exotic charms. Where the centuries co-exist and the modern blends seamlessly into the ancient. Where hospitality is a tradition, and development a passion. A beauty beyond description, beyond compare. An ancient civilisation, as old as history. India is a glittering mosaic of people of different faiths and cultures, of varying climatic zones, of greenery and desert, river and mountain, wealth and happiness, modernity and tradition. This is India, a place like none else on this planet. India means welcome! India is the complete destination, for the mind, body and soul.

 

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India is a country in South Asia. It is the Seventh-Largest country by area and second-largest by population and most populous democracy in the world. 

Home to the Indus Valley Civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated there, while Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the first millennium CE and shaped the region's diverse culture. India got its independence on August 15th, 1947. It was the day when the Indians got liberated from the rule of the British. Agriculture is not only the dominant occupations of the people of India but is also one of the most important economic sectors for the country. Source: http://www.facts-about-india.com/

 

 

 

 

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Known to its people as Bharat, this ancient land fascinates the visitor with its size, culture and diversity, its colours, scents, styles, customs, languages, architecture and geography. India is a fairytale, a continent,

 several countries rolled into one. India satisfies every taste and desire - from sun and sand to mountains and snow, from ancient monuments to adventure holidays, from gentle traditions and customs to rugged landscapes and daunting rivers and valleys. India is paradise – at any time of the year! The land blessed by the gods!

Fall in love with India, with its legendary palaces, temples and forts. Savour its spectacular music, dance and folklore. Excite your mind and body with rafting, gliding, trekking and desert safaris. And then calm yourself with yoga. Or go tracking wildlife in one of India’s numerous forest reserves. Treat yourself to an amazing array of arts, crafts and materials, at bargain prices.


Great religions took 
birth and root in India, among them Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. Ancient Indian texts like the Vedas go back several thousand years and are treasure houses of philosophy, spiritual insight, knowledge and treatises on subjects like science and medicine. Sanskrit, the root language of India, was an advanced and well formulated system. It is the basis of modern 

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computer languages. India invented the decimal system and bequeathed zero to the world. Astronomy and medicine are Indian inventions. 


More than any other building, the Taj Mahal is the symbol of India to the world. This 17th century monument is a dream in marble, an eternal symbol of love and fidelity. The focus of countless romantic stories and colourful fantasies, it has fascinated artists and photographers, poets and dreamers, travellers and writers. This supreme example of architectural genius is a tribute to the wonder that was, is and shall forever be India.

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To visit this land of eternal, enchanting beauty all you need is a valid passport and visa. A special license is required to photograph protected monuments using a flash and tripod. There are some conditions for bringing in certain personal goods such as film, video cameras, liquor, tobacco and weapons, while all high value articles and professional materials must be declared on arrival and re-exported on departure. All of India is on the same time, GMT + 5 hours 30 minutes, throughout the year. Voltage is 220 AC 50 cycles and international telephone and postal connections are available everywhere.

Click on the links below for more information on tourist destinations in India.

www.tourismofindia.com 
www.lonelyplanet.com 
www.journeymart.com

 

INDIA’S CULTURE

 

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With 1,500 dialects and 22 official languages, all the world’s major religions including Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and Judaism, various styles of art, architecture, literature, music and dance, cuisine and several lifestyles from the urban and rural to the tribal, Indian culture is a rich confluence of various diversities.

India’s music spans various traditions, from regional folk songs and music to tribal music, from classical and semi-classical traditions to popular and film music.

Indian dance has an unbroken tradition of over 5,000 years, with themes drawn from mythology, legend and classical literature. The diversity of Indian dance forms spans folk and tribal dances with their regional variations, and classical dances, based on ancient texts with rigid rules. Some of the major classical dance traditions are Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and Kathakali.

Indian literature dates to the oral tradition of the Vedas several thousand years ago, and the great epics, which are still an integral part of daily life. The oral tradition continues through folk songs and dramas. The tradition of dance-drama in India has ancient historical roots, and is kept alive by a vibrant tradition of folk theatre. Indian art continues its vibrant classical and folk traditions from painting to sculpture to handicrafts. 

www.artindia.net 
www.indiaculture.org