is a subcontinent with great variations in
geography and climate, a land of varied and colorful dimensions. It is
also a land of many seasons, of exuberant celebrations and colorful
festivals reflecting the Indian people.
Now discover the vast artistic heritage of India.
See the Mughal cities of Delhi, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri and the beauty
of the Taj, Visit the glorious Rajput cities with a royal past Jaipur,
Udaipur, For a marvelous beach holiday go to Goa or any of India’s
golden beaches to soak in the sun amidst the languorous palms.
– the land to travel to, a haven of tourism delights, a civilization to
tour through. Tourists come to India for its wealth of sights, cultural
exuberance, diversity of terrain and in search of that special
something, an extra punch that only India promises and delivers. Teeming
with over a billion people who voice over a million concerns in fifteen
hundred different languages, India is where people live with variety,
thrive on diversity and are too familiar with largeness to let it boggle
them. Mud huts and mansions face off across city streets. Lurid luxury
and limp living are inhabitants of the same lane.
From the smoky
mangroves of the Sunder bans to the steaming Thar Desert, sizzling cities
like Mumbai and Delhi to the scintillating villages of Khajuraho and
Hampi, from the heights of the Himalayas to the deep blue waters around
the Andaman's, India is a travel haven – a tour package that frustrates
and delights, as demanding as it is rewarding.
It demands that the
traveler be prepared for its own strange forms of tourism offerings -
the crowds at Pushkar, for pushy mendicants at Haridwar, for high
commercialism at spiritual retreats. But equally, it means that he be
prepared for an overwhelming warmth in the people, ease of conversation,
and to be stunned into speechlessness by the beauty, sometimes the
manmade and often the natural.
But what exactly is
it that gets two and a half million people to pack their bags, book
their tickets, buy industrial size cans of suntan lotion and enough
toilet paper to supply the entire population of Liechtenstein for a
month, and wing their way to India? Given that this is the land of the
Taj, granted too that tea, tobacco, tempestuous democracy and terrific
travel are a great combination but surely that's not reason enough.
There must be more
because between truisms and half-truths, India has inspired more than
any one place's fair share of travel lore. And, perhaps that's what it
is - the legends of India - that's what inspires people from far and
near to travel here, to sort out for themselves what's true and what's
just a whole lot of tourism pamphlet hype.
If that's what you're going to be doing, here's a bit of India
tourism mantra to help you on your way: expect nothing and everything
will be yours.