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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, Sikhism. Architecture

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

Holy man Indian Culture
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.
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Beaches & Islands in India
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.

Indian Wildlife Sanctuaries
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.

Tiger
Camel Adventure Sports in India
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.

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