In a country with close to 1 billion citizens, it is impossible to summarise every aspect of the place in one article. The variety and clash of religions, cultures, races and tongues that you will find in India is overwhelming and downright astonishing. As Mark Twain wrote in Following the Equator, "So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked."
There is nowhere else on Earth where humanity presents itself in such a dizzying, creative and eye opening fashion. The whole country is presented on a massive, exaggerated scale, worth every superlative it is given and you are guaranteed to leave India with a broader worldview than when you arrived.
With coastlines along three major bodies of water in the south and the stunning Himalayan mountain range to the north, India's geography is as varied as its people. National parks and mountain ranges provide endless opportunities for exploration and adventure for the eco-friendly & eco-focused traveller. Famous temples and monuments with vibrant colours and creative curves draw historians and tourists from far and wide.
The abundance of holidays and religious festivals that take place throughout the entire country (often alongside the famous and holy Ganges River) inspire flocks of religious participants to come to India to commune and celebrate with their gods. Religion is central to Indian culture and you can see its practices within virtually every aspect of life in India. Known as the most colourful country in the world, that applies to more than the legendary Holi Festival. One could almost believe that the sunsets are richer, the waters bluer and the skies brighter here, than anywhere else in the world.
Throughout India there is a clear and deep appreciation of beauty combined with a love of exuberant celebrations and worship—especially in Indian music, movies, dance and more. Centuries of traditions and cultural influences collide with ancient styles and themes to create wide variety of performing arts that bring all the features together into mainstream media. Whether you see a Bollywood film, attend a musical performance or find yourself participating in a religious celebration, you are sure to be struck by the utter vibrancy and sense of community that pervades the culture of India.
Colourful, exuberant, mesmerizing, vibrant, eye-opening and exciting, India is the perfect place for your next holiday abroad. Stay tuned for more information, suggestions, tips and advice about your next holiday in India. Even if you are fit and healthy as you set out on our adventure, don't neglect buying travel insurance –accidents do happen. Choose international travel insurance with Cover-More Australia for a stress-free holiday experience.
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Disclaimer: Please exercise caution while travelling in India and always be sure to check Smarttraveller's website for the most up-to-date precautions and travel advice.