Africancrab's adventures and experience of India Tourism
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Let me start with a little history on India; it is an Independent country in South Asia. Geographically, it is the seventh largest and second most populated country in the world (population of over a billion people). India has three huge water bodies around it, the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian sea making it a point of trade routes during the early civilization. Religion: There are four main religions in India, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism of course with the new ages came Islam and Christianity as well. Like many other countries of the world, India came under British rule, the different states were ruled as princely states by local Rajas. In 1956 India attained independence. A look at India tourism indicated many people want to visit India for it's main attractions while others go to experience the culture and traditions.
Looking back now I see that the reasons people go to India ( See the Taj Mahal, or the Red Fort), was not the reason we traveled to India. I'm so glad that I saw the country in another light; the culture and the people. It is not a fulfilling journey when you travel but do not get to experience the people and their culture (that is my opinion of course). India has had a great evolution with great influence from foreign powers. For the last 2,000 years India was under one or another foreign dynasty each presenting a unique quality that identifies them. In short you can call it an enslaving evolution in which the foreign dynasties enslaved the people of India. Looking at the country in general you find that India has monuments from small to tall representative of the different rulers. During the times of the Mughals the monuments were made larger and larger with each construction. A few Indian dynasties remained undefeated and left what is currently the only authentic Indian culture/traditions. The foreign influence in India is evident in the different practices in the different states/ cities: in the southern region you will find that the religious rituals involve worship of idols or what you would call objects. Images of the Moon god, Sun god, worship of animals etc. In the Northern region, huge temples were erected to encourage spiritual prayers which in themselves were a form of enslavement. My friend Rajen Ruparel whose family left India over a century ago to make a home in the United Kingdom and later in Kenya, talks of India as if it were a prison of sorts. I always wondered why he did not like much about his country of origin, but he confesses being educated and living in a foreign country did open his eyes to the plight of what happened in his country. That aside, I still find the Indian culture and traditions very fascinating. When I talk of culture I'm referring to the level of intellectual development or manners; the Indian culture is unique in that the values and belief systems have not change much inspite of accepting western influence. Even though they have accepted modern ways of living, you still find the typical Indian even here in the United States dressed in a punjab or a sari.
Main currency : Indian Rupee
Main language : Hindi
Population: 1.15 billion people
Capital City: New Delhi
Main Monuments & Attracions: The Taj Mahal, The India Gate, The Red Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri, Char Dham, The Himalaya, Dal Lake, Barahtpur Bird Sanctuary,
Temples and Religious Attractions: The Golden Temple, The Lotus Temple, Ladakh Monestaries, Meenakshi Temple,The Akshardham Temple, Churches of Goa, Chennai Churches, Temples of Kerala, Konark sun Temple
Adventure Activities: Hiking, River Rafting, Skiing, Mountain Biking, Safaris to National Parks
Beaches of India: Anjuna Beach, Marina Beach, Gopalpur on the sea, Baga beach, Calangute Beach, Dona Paula Beach, Juhu Beach, Kovalam Beach, Marari Beach.
To be continued . . .