Tourism is an important industry for India and happens to be a major generator of employment in the country. As per stats, this sector is the third largest foreign exchange earner of India. It is also the 16th most visited country in the world. Considering the diverse fields and reach of tourism, this industry should be the main focus of the present times. The recent program launched by the Modi Government ‘Make in India’ also touches on Tourism and Hospitality. We definitely agree with the steps that the authorities plan to implement and taking this initiative forward, we list out what you should ‘Take in India’.
India is a melting pot of different cultures. Gujaratis, Bengalis, Marathis, Rajasthanis and not to forget, the Malayalis and the Madrasis, each of them offer a strong identity to the Indian lifestyle. Meet a Rajasthani and you’ll know what hospitality means in true sense. Similarly, a Bengali will tell you the power of knowledge, creativity and wisdom. A Gujarati will talk about the intricacies that go with handling a business. The simple life loving Malayali (or Keralite) will give you an insight into the joys that lie in the small things of life. Every culture of India has a lot to teach and speaks for itself in its own manner.
India has a lot to offer when it comes to cuisine. The fact that India comprises numerous cultures and communities makes its menu quite long offering a variety of dishes as per different preferences. However, there’s one thing that is common in all our food items and that is the usage of spice. Indian chefs make sure that they utilize it to the maximum. Whether you have a Rajasthani thali or a typical South Indian lunch, a small bite will tell you how food crazy Indians are. As much as we talk about the spice, we should just not forget about the sweetness that you will get to taste in Bengal and Gujarat.
Being a secular country, we have a spree of events and festivals on our calendar all the year round. Durga Puja in Bengal, Diwali celebrations in the North, Janmashtmi in Uttar Pradesh, Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra, Onam in the South, Eid in Lucknow, Delhi or Hyderabad, there’s a list that just goes endless. Indian festivals give an insight into the significance of celebrations, cultures, traditions, family bonds and the spirit of joy and liveliness.
This is perhaps, one of the best things that the west has embraced so eagerly and lovingly. The different forms of asanas have had the westerners keep everything apart. Yoga aims to provide a balance between the body, mind and soul. Taking into consideration the benefits that come alongwith Yoga, it is hardly surprising that people have begun to build faith in it over other forms of meditation as well as medication.
Indian handicrafts are popular all around the world. The tribal jewellery of the hills or the different styles of weaving from Varanasi, Orissa, Bengal, Kashmir or for that matter, Kanchipuram, India has a host of styles to make you splurge all your savings. The patch work, the embroidery, the tie and die work (bandhani), the brass sculpture (dhokra) and the paintings of Mithila will leave you enchanted.
To everyone who thought that adventure is something that cannot be sought at India and this was the place for the people with religious and spiritual bent of mind, there’s a pleasant surprise. India offers some of the most amazing places for those interested in mountaineering, trekking, paragliding, river rafting, sky diving, skiing and hot air ballooning in the states of North and North East. One can indulge in surfboarding, scuba diving and kite boarding in central India and South.
With destinations to suit every mood, India witnesses travellers from all across the world throughout the year. From the beautiful backwaters of Kerala to the picturesque landscapes of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, from the colourful Gujarat and deserts of Rajasthan to the tea gardens of Assam, the impeccable sweet dishes of West Bengal and the picture perfect backdrops of Assam and Meghalaya, India offers a wonderful perspective of life. All this just doesn’t end here, the jungle safaris of the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Kaziranga National Park, Gir National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and Kanha National Park are definitely not ones to be missed out.