“India is the cradle of human race also the birthplace of human speech. The mother of history, the grandmother of legend also the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most constructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”
–These were the beautiful lines given by Mark Twain.
India is a land of dreams in which about a seventh of our world’s population resides. It is also a country which has one of the richest and most vivid histories and heritage, In addition, it is the largest democracy in the world.
India is famous for a lot of things around the world from yoga to its diversity from its travel destinations to its rich past but one thing that this country is better at doing than most is celebrating festivals, lots of festivals.
Presenting the list of top things which makes India unique from rest of the world!!!
1. Country of festivals!!
- India has diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, so it gets to celebrate festivals of different types, tastes, and colors. As a result, it makes festivities in this country so special to experience.
- From the starting till the end…..every month comes with a particular festival in India. Here people don’t need a floor to dance. As Celebrations on streets during Durga Puja, Ganesh Chathurthi, Janamashtmi and Holi shows the real dancing talents of Indians.
- India is having one of the rich and oldest cultures.
- “India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across the border.” -Hu Shih
2. Famous Holy Yatra in India
- Yatra in Hinduism and other Indian religions generally means a pilgrimage to holy places.
- Millions of devotees visit this auspicious holy Yatra and pay homage to the temples every year. The Yatra offers you a sense of belongingness, heart Purity and the act of self-actualization in life.
- Two of most sacred Yatra in India are “Char Dham Yatra” by Hindu and “Hajj Yatra” by Muslim.
- The famous Yatra in India are-
- Hajj Yatra
- Amaranth Yatra
- Vaishno Devi
- Kashi Yatra
- Chota Char Dham Yatra
- Ratha Yatra
3. Colorful Clothes!!
- Indian Clothing is renowned throughout the world, for its hand-woven textiles, ethnic wears, richly embroidered fabrics, authentic drapes in exclusive designs. Hence perfectly depicting the richness of the cultural heritage. As a result, the Indian clothing style is considered as unique and exclusive.
- A lot of variations including regional as well as religions mark the styles of Indian clothing. Also, plethora of colors and textures in garments can be witnessed in Indian Clothing.
- Traditional Indian clothing for women are the saris or the salwar kameez and also Ghaghra Cholis (Lehengas). For men, traditional clothes are the Dhoti, Lungi or Kurta.
4. Fair or Mela!!
- India is also known as a “land of vibrant celebration”. One can see the culture of India during the celebration of various fairs celebrated with high spirit and enthusiasm in each and every town.
- Most of the fair held in India are either religious fairs or celebration of the change of seasons.
- Kumbh Mela is the largest peaceful fair in the world. Mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river.
- Pushkar Fair is one of the world’s largest camel fairs and livestock fair. In addition Competitions such as the “matka phod”, “longest mustache”, and “bridal competition” are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists.
- The world’s movie capital is not Hollywood but Bollywood. Bollywood is the nickname for the Indian film industry located in Bombay (now known as Mumbai).
- The film industry has given the world some of the finest actors and filmmakers. People like Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Hrithik Roshan started their careers in this industry.
- Asha Bhosle has recorded up to 11000 solo, duets and chorus backed songs and several others in over 20 Indian languages since 1947. So, officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history in 2011.
- In addition to Hindi Film Industry, the country also has film industries which produce films in various languages like Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and Bhojpuri etc.
6. Yoga and Youg Guru!!
- Yoga, is the journey of the self, to the self, through the self. Yoga has been an intrinsic part of Indian ethos for over 5000 years.
- Maharishi Patanjali is the ‘father of Yoga’ who compiled 195 Yoga Sutras that became the foundation of Yoga philosophy.
- Yoga has gone through various transitions during the last fifty years but now has earned well-deserved respect and recognition.
- International Day of Yoga or commonly referred to as “Yoga Day” is celebrated annually on June 21 since its inception in 2015.
7. 35 World Heritage Sites in India!!
- There are 35 World Heritage Sites (27 cultural and 7 natural sites and 1 mixed) in India that are recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as on July 2016.
- These World Heritage Sites in India are considered to be of immense cultural and natural importance in the world.
- These sites are-
- Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University), Bihar
- Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim
- Capitol Complex, Chandigarh
- Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh
- Rani Ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat
- Group of Monuments at Hampi, Karnataka
- Group of Monuments at Pattadakal, Karnataka
- Khajuraho Group of Monuments, Madhya Pradesh
- Hill Forts of Rajasthan
- Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, Bihar
- Churches and Convents of Goa
- Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh
- Great Living Chola Temples, Tamil Nadu
- up of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
- Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh
- Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra
- Ellora Caves, Maharashtra
- Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra
- Kaziranga Wild Life Sanctuary, Assam
- Manas Wild Life Sanctuary, Assam
- Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan
- Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks, Uttarakhand
- Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal
- Western Ghats
- Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi
- Red Fort Complex, Delhi
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus), Maharashtra
- Sun Temple, Konark, Odisha
- Jantar Mantar, Jaipur, Rajasthan
- Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh
- Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh
- Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
- Mountain Railways of India
- Qutb Minar and its Monuments, New Delhi
- Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Gujarat
8. 8 Indian Classical Dance Forms!!
- India has a very rich culture of dance and music including traditional, classical, folk and Tribal dances styles and music.
- In the Indian culture, classical dance has a lot of significance. Because it serves as a fabulous way to express the innate feelings of the heart.
- The Classical Dances of India includes Bharatanatyam, the oldest form of the classical dance in the country and one of the Most Popular Classical Dance in India also ancient in Natya Shastra.
- There are eight forms of famous Indian classical dance-Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Odissi, Sattriya, Mohiniyattam, Gaudiya Nritya.
9. Indian Food!!
- Indian cuisine is so popular that many Hollywood and western television shows have references to it, showing it as part of their popular culture.
- Recipes are passed down from generation to generation and also improved and adapted based on personal taste and available ingredients. Consequently, if you practice a single recipe for hundreds of years, you’re going to get it right.
- You eat with your eyes and nose before you eat with your mouth, as Indian food is both fragrant and colorful.
- Indian food has slowly but surely found its way into the hearts and stomachs of cities around the United States. There are more than 300 restaurants that serve cuisine from across the subcontinent in New York City alone.
- India has one of the lowest consumption of non-veg in the world.
10. Indian jewelry!!
- Indian jewelry is as old as Indian civilization itself. Jewelry in ancient times was not only an adornment, but each stone was endowed with a mystical quality and used as a protection against evil forces.
- Rudraksha and Tulsi seeds and sandalwood beads are worn even today during Hindu worship.
- Jewelry is considered auspicious for women in India even poorest of poor women will have some kind of jewelry with them.
- Jewelry design is so versatile in India that it varies from state to state. However, some basic jewelry is common among all the women across India. Bridal jewelry like Maangtika, earrings, nose rings, necklace, Mangalsutra, bangles, etc make up basic jewelry which adorns women in India.
Gold is most widely used for bridal ornaments. Earlier gold used to symbolize wealth of a family.
11. Cities in the Mountains and monsoon in India!!
- India’s cities in the mountains, or “hill stations,” are walker’s havens.
- India is home to some of the tallest and gallant mountain ranges in the world. These mountain regions result in mesmerizing hill stations for tourists all over the world. Also, the views of the snowy mountains in Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir will leave you spellbound.
- Even the monsoon in India will completely make you fall in love with India. Because the sound of rain drops travels from South India all the way to the north. Indian mountains and plains seem like heaven on earth during monsoon.
“If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India.”–Max Mueller
So, these are few things which actually gives reasons to people, all around the globe, to visit India and enjoy the hospitality of Indian culture and the beauty of “Incredible India“.
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