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Indian Culture

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The culture of India is one of the oldest and unique. In India, there is amazing cultural diversity throughout the country. The South, North, and Northeast have their own distinct cultures and almost every state has carved out its own cultural niche. There is hardly any culture in the world that is as varied and unique as India. India is a vast country, having variety of geographical features and climatic conditions. India is home to some of the most ancient civilizations, including four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

Take a cultural tour to India to understand what makes the country so interesting and beautiful. The people of India belong to different religions, caste and faith as such inhabitants of every region, state, city and even within it have their own set of beliefs and practices that guide them in their lives. Each of these cultural practices has its own importance and charm. On a cultural trip to India, you will not only discover the intricacies of each of these cultures individually but will also understand how so many cultures co exist peacefully.

Fair and Festivals in India

India, being a multi-cultural and multi-religious society, celebrates holidays and festivals of various religions. The four national holidays in India, the Independence Day, the Republic Day, the Gandhi Jayanti, and May Day are celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm across India.
In addition, many Indian states and regions have local festivals depending on prevalent religious and linguistic demographics. Popular religious festivals include the Hindu festivals of Navratri, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga puja, Holi, Rakshabandhan, and Dussehra. Several harvest festivals such as Sankranthi, Pongal, Raja sankaranti swinging festival, and Onam, "Nuakhai" are also fairly popular.

Holi in India

Certain festivals in India are celebrated by multiple religions. Notable examples include Diwali, which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, and Buddh Purnima, celebrated by Buddhists. Sikh Festivals, such as Guru Nanak Jayanti, Baisakhi are celebrated with full fanfare by Sikhs and Hindu. Adding colors to the culture of India, the Dree Festival is one of the tribal festivals of India celebrated by the Apatanis of the Ziro valley of Arunachal Pradesh, which is the easternmost state of India.

Islam is part of Indian cultural fabric, over 135 million Muslims call India home, and a number of Indian public holidays honor Islamic traditions. Milad-Un-Nabi, Eid ul Fitr, Eid ul Adha (Bakr Eid), Muharram, Mawlid, and Shab-e-Barat, are some Islamic holidays observed in India.
Christianity is India's third largest religion. With over 23 million Christians, of which 17 million are Roman Catholics, India is home to many Christian festivals. The country celebrates Christmas and Good Friday as public holidays.
Regional fairs are also common and festive in India. For example, Pushkar fair is one of the world's largest camel markets and Sonepur mela is the largest livestock fair in Asia.

Rajasthan Culture

If you really wonder that what actually makes Rajasthan the most popular tourist destination in India, then you can get your answer by visiting this culturally rich Indian state, in our specially designed Rajasthan Cultural Tour.

Rajasthan Cultures

As a tourist, one can find a lot to see and admire in this beautiful state of India. The Rajasthan Cultural Tour package enables you to visit the historical forts and palaces of the state, which still tells you the saga of the native Maharajas and Maharanis, who lived here centuries back. Not only does your trip to Rajasthan, gives you a chance to visit the heritage monuments of the past, but also bring you close to the Indian culture with the help of special cuisines, folk dance and music of the different tribes and caste of the state. Moreover, being in Rajasthan, you can also visit the desert part of the state, which is gifted with myriad treasures of the desert culture.

Adding more to your fun, you can ride camels and elephants, which are a major part of the cultural life of the state. A camel, still being the main mode of transportation in many regions of Rajasthan, a ride on it, gives you a chance to know the traditional lifestyle of the local people, quite closely. The Rajasthan Cultural tour is so designed that it helps you to participate in the local fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. While exploring the cultural life of Rajasthan, these fairs and festivals are of much importance. Some of the well known fairs and festivals are the Pushkar Fair, Jaipur Elephant Festival, Jodhpur Marwar Festival, Nagaur Fair, Jaisalmer Desert Festival, etc.

Beside these fairs and festivals, many of the cities of Rajasthan like Jaipur and Jaisalmer have cultural centers, which allow you to watch folk dance, music program and puppetry.

Cultural South India

Rich in varied heritage culture, South India renders an unmatchable exotic experience amidst its wildlife and the backwaters.

North india culture
It's a must-go for every traveller. It helps you to taste nature at its best, soothing your mind and soul and thereby making your tour a memorable one.

North India Culture

North India is known for the diverse rich culture it showcases through its cities. Delhi is itself a significant part of the country and renders a great deal of heritage value to its visitors. Rajasthan is undoubtedly the best state in restoring its culture through its colourful cities. Taj Mahal is the most precious asset of India. Varanasi owes a great importance to one of the oldest religions of the world. In a nutshell, this will be a memorable tour for you.

Cuisine

Indian food is as diverse as India. Indian cuisines use numerous ingredients, deploy a wide range of food preparation styles, cooking techniques and culinary presentation. From salads to sauces, from vegetarian to meat, from spices to sensuous, from breads to desserts, Indian cuisine is invariably complex. Harold McGee, a favorite of many Michelin starred chefs, writes "for sheer inventiveness with milk itself as the primary ingredient, no country on earth can match India."

Clothing

Traditional clothing in India greatly varies across different parts of the country and is influenced by local culture, geography,

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climate and rural/urban settings. Popular styles of dress include draped garments such as sari for women and dhoti or lungi for men. Stitched clothes are also popular such as churidar or salwar-kameez for women, with dupatta (long scarf) thrown over shoulder completing the outfit. Salwar is often loose fitting, while churidar is a tighter cut. For men, stitched versions include kurta-pyjama and European-style trousers and shirts for men. In urban centers, people can often be seen in jeans, trousers, shirts, suits, kurta and variety of other fashions.
In public and religious places, Indian dress etiquette discourages exposure of skin and wearing transparent or tight clothes. Most Indian clothes are made from cotton which is ideal for the region's hot weather.Since India's weather is mostly hot and rainy, majority of Indians wear sandals.

Indian women perfect their sense of charm and fashion with make up and ornaments. Bindi, mehendi, earrings, bangles and other jewelry are common. On special occasions, such as marriage ceremonies and festivals, women may wear cheerful colors with various ornaments made with gold, silver or other regional stones and gems