Crowned by the Himalayas on top, and vast seas surrounding its peninsula, India is quite distinct on the world map.
When a large island, separate from the mighty Gondwana land was drifted away, it’s fate was sealed. After years of secluded life, it joined the Asian mass, with Thesys lake giving rise to the mighty Himalayas. These years of seclusion gave rise to many endemic varieties, both of flora and fauna. The Himalayas enveloped all the beauty within itself, giving rise to the mighty rivers – Indus, Ganga and Yamunaand their tributaries, spreading over the land like arteries, providing life blood to the species while in the Deccan plateau and South, the Narmada, Krishna, Godaveri and Cauvery, sucked water from the vast seas and drenched the entire land. With so much vivacity all around, life bloomed and soon the entire subcontinent was filled with rare, fragrant flowers and beautiful creatures started making it their home.
Could man be far behind ?? India has seen many eras blooming on her soil. Each era has left its indelible mark. The people were different, the lifestyle, thinkings, languages, tastes and the whole culture was different. From Harappas to Mauryas, Guptas to Sultans, and Mughals to the British, India saw a metamorphosis in each era. People mixed, cultures mingled, each century brought a new India, influenced by all, yet retaining its old identity. So, the whole new India dotted with temples, mosques and churches, palaces, havelis, and forts.
The biggest asset of India as a desirable tourist destination is its 5,000 year old historical and cultural heritage. Every region in India developed a culture of its own. The culture is a wide term, which includes the languages, rituals, beliefs, festivals and traditions, given from father to son and carried on with generations.
The regional diversity is attributed to the fact that the historical roots of development of each region culturally depended much on the dynasties ruling it and also on their proximity to other cultures. The local perceptions and feelings gave way to regional beliefs and traditions. So, when North India had Greek and Islamic influence, the South India had a distinct Dravidian style. The paintings, architecture,music, coins, all show their developments through ages.