There are some parts of the world that once visited get into your heart and won’t let go. For me India is such a place when I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land by its lush beauty and exotic architecture by its ability to overload its senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes and souls. It was as if all my life I was seeing the world in black and white and when brought face-to-face with India, experienced every thing rendered in brilliant Technicolor. - Keitlt Bellows
"It we were to look over the whole world to find out the country most richly endowed with all the wealth, power and beauty that nature can bestow in some parts a very paradise on earth. I should point to India.” -Max Mueller
The most valuable assets of India as a desirable tourist destination lies in thousands years old historical and cultural heritage. Every region, every part of lndia encompasses culture of its own, entirely distinct in traditions, language, festil'll4 beliefs and rituals with different and unique style of living and dresses.
No country in the world comprises such distinction such diversity with a unity and integration. This diversity may be attributed to the historical roots of developments of each region, due to different dynasties ruled the differed regions. The develop of different life-style, celebrations of different festivals, adopting different Ian different dressing sense, all exit as per the norms fixed by the then ruling dynasty. region has unique physical features, soil types and climatic conditions, so has distinct vegetation and wild life. When all the natural beauty is mingled with culture the resultant harmony present a unique land sparkled picture, reflecting destination in its unique and colorful way.
One finds everything in India: exotic as well as native, the snow clad Himalayas crowned the head in the north, enveloped all the beauty within itself, releases the mighty rivers, Indus, Gangas, and Yamuna and their tributaries. These rivers roll over the whole country like arteries, supplying life blood to the body of the country and its inhabitants through out the year. The complex beauty of the desert state of Rajasthan is found rarely in any part of the world. With Thar at its background and vivacious sand dunes, mirages and camels, the huge and glorified palaces, forts and Havelies, present a complex and unique beauty. The culture of Rajputs with bright Badhani colors intricate designs and the Royal background give their sharp look different from others. In their unique architectural style in the series of palaces are lake palace of Udaipur, sand colored forts' in Jaisalmer, city palace of Jaipur, the pink city of India coupled with the vibrant folk dances and folk songs make India an" Cultural ".
The Taj Mahal at Agra, symbol of Mughal romance and faith, in its architectural perfection and splendor attracts tourists from all over the world. Taj Mahal reflects the Persian cultural and their architectural eminence, today counted among the seven wonders of the world.
The caves of Ajanta-Ellora. the Sun Temple of Konark. the Temple of Khajurao and Dravidian style stone carved temples of Hoysalewara and Ranganathswamy, the medieval glory of Qutab Minar, Red fort, Fathepur Sikri and other forts and mausoleums with Persian architectural influence, the Victoria place at Kolkata, beautiful and elegant churches at Goa. each and every symbolizes the clarity of Indian culture with tremendous diversification and each has its own attraction for the tourist.
India has witnessed many eras blooming on her soil. Each era and dynasty has left incredible mark, on her different regions with uniqueness and distinction. From Harappas to Mauryas, Guptas to Sultans and Mughals to Portuguese and English, witnessed a met morph sis in each era. Different cultures with different life styles and beliefs, intermingled. Each century brought a new culture, made its impact, kept intact ~original identity and beliefs also, and thus a unique diversity with integration is the present India.
The Bhool Bholaiyan at Lucknow. the mystery of shaking Minarets in the mosque and tomb of Rajbibi in Ahmedabad, the acoustic wonders of Gol Gumbaj, the famous GoldenTemple at Amritsar, the oldest church at Palayurin Goa,the oldest synagogue at Mattancherry in Kochi and the oldest mosque in Eheraman Malik Manzil in Kodungallor, also the modern Lotus Temple, the Bahami temple of worship. the Stupa of Sanchi, Tower of Silence at Mumbai, and tallest statue of Bahubali at Kamataka, all speakofthe glorious heritage of our country and so are the of attraction for tourists throughout the world.
Nowhere in the world, can be found such multifaceted, most diversified culture with rich heritage reflecting many dynasties and regimes. India is known for its unparallel religious beliefs as well as for its vast variety of people, the animal kingdom and the rich flora. India is a miniature world, where the tourists find the best of the west and east coexisting in perfect harmony for centuries.
Another aspect of Indian culture can well be seen in its vibrant and colorful festivals. India has been the birth place of many religion. The Hinduism, The Buddhism, The Jainism, The Sikhism, The Islam and The Christianity also nourished and flourished here well. The Desert festival, the Kite festival, Boat race festival in south India, the Durga Pooja festival of Kolkata, Dussehera of My sore, Puri festival of Orissa, Ganesh Chaturthi festival of Maharashtra, all are celebrated so colorful and in such a grand manner, that reflect the wonderful observance of religious and cultural heritage of our country.
Not only the above historical festivals, the modem festivals, like the Taj Mahotsava, Khajurao Dance festival, Konark Dance festival, also give an opportunity of seeing all internationally acclaimed faces of Indian classical dance and music on one stage.
Over the years we have developed the concept of eco- friendly tourism, means that while promoting tourism in very possible manner we should not forget importance of ecological balance. Many of the places at the foothills of the Himalayas , have become the dumping ground of tourists. While promoting the tourism in wild life , it must be ensured that the tourists should not become a threat to the tranquility and ecological balance of the forests.
No doubt, India's diversified culture presents a 'paradise for tourists' but to keep it intact, a number, of judicious and prudent policies to facilitates the tourists and attract more and more tourists are to be framed and require to be implemented at a fast pace. The tourists visiting India, should be enchanted not only with the rich heritage, but they should also feel here safe, sound and welcomed.