India - An Introduction
India is one country
many people long to see, and having seen it once, wish to return
again and again.
|India is, indeed,
incredible. Within the continent-of-a-country are the world's
highest mountains, the Himalayas. Here is the great Indian desert,
the Thar; deep jungle where the tiger roam and rhinos run wild;
sylvan beaches, among the longest in the world; one of the most
ancient settlements - the Indus Valley Civilisation - with a
recorded past of five thousand years; the cradle of some of
the oldest religions on the globe - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism,
Equally enthralling monuments
- forts, palaces, temples, memorials - line its historic face. Dances
from the past survive as living arts even today. There is a vibrancy
to the culture, both ancient and modern.
For India is also modern
with its 21st century metropolises, luxury hotels, air-conditioned
surface transport, hi-speed trains, networks of domestic airlines,
Discotheques and shopping malls. Food - in an amazing range - Indian
(oh, the variety!) and International. And music to blow your mind.
India. Part of the
World. Out of the World
Indian culture is considered to be amongst the world's oldest,
richest and most diverse. Many travellers and wanderers have
come here and been enchanted by its natural beauty, splendour,
beliefs, philosophies and practices. India is one country all
men long to see, and having seen it once, would not give up
that glimpse for all the wonders of the world, or so said American
writer Mark Twain.
Religion in India
India is the home of one of the world's oldest civilisations. Sanskrit,
its literary language, is probably the most ancient language still
in use and the Vedas, which date back to the 12th century BC, are
believed to be oldest scriptures still in use.
Architecture in India
India has an amazing architectural legacy extending back through
the centuries. Viewing these majestic monuments is like travelling
back in time or walking through the chapters of a history book.
The many different dynasties that have fought and ruled over parts
of India have left behind many monuments, ranging from towering
forts such as the Red fort in Delhi, impressive mausoleums like
the mesmerising Taj Mahal, ceremonial parks and gardens such as
the Lodi Gardens, grand cities such as Fatehpur Sikri near Agra,
or Hampi in Karnataka, and majestic temples such as the Sun Temple
at Konark and Meenakshi temple at Madurai.
Beaches & Islands
Whatever your specific preference, a visit to the Indian isles can
satiate both varieties-though your return back to civilisation is
by no means guaranteed, if you prefer encounters of the second kind.
It is a kind of journey back in time to the era of great discoverers
- Drake, Cook, Columbus, Vasco-da-gama and others.
One of the good things about age old Indian taboos is that,
like tourism, they help to conserve wildlife. India, due to
its exceptionally varied climates and habitats provide a home
for some of the world's most magnificent birds and animals.
India reflects the spirit of adventure. Here, in this exciting
country with its diverse terrain, the quest for the nouvelle
is sustained in unusual sports activities. And yet they allow
for fascinating glimpses of traditional, mystical India.
Kipling's Tiger Tour
Kipling gained renown throughout the world as a poet and storyteller.
Kipling was born on Dec.30, 1865, in Bombay, where his father directed
an art school. He learned Hindi from his nurse, and he also learned
stories of jungle animals. At six, he was sent to school in England,
but until he was 12, poor health kept him from attending.
At present we have the