India is a synonym of diversity and possess the rich heritage. The perfect amalgam of religions, customs, languages and traditions is reflected in the thriving heritage of the nation. The country is a treasury of art, philosophy, architecture, classic dances, flora, fauna, music and much more. The heritage sites of one of the oldest civilizations make it a must visit place for avid travelers.
To enjoy India's rich and diverse culture nothing beats a heritage tour. You could visit the temple towns of Kanchipuram, Tanjore, and Madurai in South India, which are also famous for their dance heritage. You could admire the splendor of Buddhist architecture in Sanchi, or the magnificent forts and palaces of Rajasthan. Or you could simply soak in the gracious confluence of Mughal and Indian craftsmanship, best exemplified by the Taj Mahal. ( Highest selling tour of India is Taj Mahal Tour
The West coast was visited by the Persians and the Europeans, who came to trade in spices and textiles. In the North, rulers from Central Asia plundered India for her wealth and stayed back to savour her many pleasures and beauty. The Mughals came as invaders, later the British came as traders. Both stayed on to rule for many years and left a lasting impact on Indian culture and traditions. There are 32 World Heritage Sites in India that are recognized by (UNESCO) as of 2014.Of these 32 sites, 25 are cultural sites and the other seven are natural sites. The cultural sites in India are marked by their brilliant craftsmanship on stone. Most of the temples of India which are inscribed on this list are built in stone, without any mortar and with sculpture carved on it.
The diverse topography of India is home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna species. The bio-diversity of this incredible country offers vast opportunities for the wildlife enthusiasts to rub shoulders with the diverse species of wild animals. There are several national parks and wildlife reserves brimming with exotic and endangered animal species. These parks act as a sanctuary for the protection & conservation of those animal species who are on the verge of extinction. India is home to several well-known large mammals including the Asian elephant, Bengal tiger, Asiatic lion, leopard and Indian rhinoceros, often ingrained culturally and religiously often being associated with deities. Some other well-known large Indian mammals are ungulates such as the domestic Asian water buffalo, wild Asian water buffalo, nilgai, gaur and several species of deer and antelope.
India’s cultural heritage dates back to 5000 years. Very few countries in the world has a social and religious structure which withstood invasions and persecution and yet kept its identity by being resilient enough to absorb, ignore or reject all attempts to radically change or destroy them. Indian culture is unique because of its diversity and variety in physical, religious, racial, linguistic and artistic fields. In India religion is a way of life being an integral part of Indian tradition. Many dances, theatrics and folklore are religious and based on Indian mythology and folk legends. One has to have background knowledge of Indian mythology to enjoy and appreciate the Indian Arts.
Experiencing the rich Indian heritage also means enjoying classical music from gharanas all over the country, finding peace in the spirituality of the many faiths, celebrating the many festivals and meals, including the magnificent Kumbh Mela, relaxing in the lush and gentle backwaters of Kerala also known for its ancient Ayurveda spas, or delighting in the fascinating textile heritage.