Culture and Custom
India’s culture is among the world’s oldest; civilization in India began about 4,500 years ago. Many sources describe it as “Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara” — the first and the supreme culture in the world, according to the All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) organization. Western societies did not always see the culture of India very favorably, according to Christina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London.
However, Indians made significant advances in architecture (Taj Mahal), mathematics (the invention of zero) and medicine (Ayurveda). Today, India is a very diverse country, with more than 1.2 billion people, according to the CIA World Factbook, making it the second most populous nation after China. Different regions have their own distinct cultures. Language, religion, food and the arts are just some of the various aspects of Indian culture. Here is a brief overview of the culture of India.
Things to do in India
- Snorkel with an elephant:No, that’s not a typing error. You read that correctly. In India, you can actually go snorkeling with an elephant. Havelock Island in Andaman has a resident elephant by the name of Rajan. Rajan can swim underwater. You can take an underwater tour with Rajan and watch his antics while enjoying the rich marine life of the region. The challenge in this adventure is trying to get your eyes off the elephant for long enough to enjoy the exotic marine life the island has to offer.
- Attempt the Chadar Trek:Go to India they said, beautiful climate they said…You may have gone on lots of treks, but the Chadar Trek in Ladakh is truly different. There is no other trekking trail in the world which takes you over a frozen river. Yes, that’s right. During the winter months, when the Zanskar River is frozen, locals use it as a route to travel to the town of Leh.
- Wind through the Zuluk Loops:The Zuluk Loops in Sikkim once formed an important part of the ancient Silk Route. Today, they form an important part of the adventure landscape of India. As the name suggests, the trail is looped almost like a nylon rope strewn about the local mountains. Take a cycling trip on the Zuluk loops.
- Stay in a tree house in Kerala:While you probably shouldn’t take it home, you can of course enjoy a stay in a tree house in Kerala. During a trip to God’s own country, stay at Vythiri Resort, which has some of the world’s most amazing tree houses that manage to feel both luxurious and natural at the same time. It is a whole new experience staying in bird territory, perched high above the ground.
Outdoors Experiences in India
- Reality Tours and Travel – Day Tours
- Radhanagar Beach
- Goa Jungle Adventure – Day Tours
- Konkan Explorers – Day Tours
- Royal Mysore Walks
- Flying Fox Jodhpur
- Incredible Rural India – Day Tours
- Agonda Beach
- Pleasant Haveli Camel Safari
- Marine Drive
- Real Desert Man Camel Safari – Day Tours
- Western India Nature Tours – Private Day Tours
- Varanasi Behind – Holy City Tour
- Palolem Beach
- Varca Beach