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ESSAY : India – A tourist’s paradise
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 10:37

India – A tourist’s paradise

“There are some parts of the world that once visited get into your heart and won’t let go. For me India is such a place when I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land by its lush beauty and exotic architecture by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colours, smells, tastes and sounds. It was as if my life I was seeing the world in black and white and when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything rendered in brilliant Technicolor.” –Keith Bellows

“It we were to look over the whole world to find out the country most richly endowed with all the wealth, power and beauty that nature can bestow in some parts a very paradise on earth. I should point to India.” – Max Mueller

The most valuable assets of India as a desirable tourist destination lies in its thousands years old historical and cultural heritage. Every region, every part of India encompasses culture of its own, entirely distinct in traditions, language, festivals, beliefs and rituals with different and unique style of living and dresses.

No country in the world comprises such distinction such diversity with a unity and integration. This diversity many be attributed to the historical roots of developments of each region, due to different dynasties ruled the different regions. The development of different life style, celebrations of different festivals, adopting different languages o, different dressing sense, all exit as per the norms fixed by the then ruling dynasty. Each region has unique physical features, soil types and climatic conditions, so has the distinct vegetation and wild life. When all the natural beauty is mingled with different culture the resultant harmony present a unique land sparkled picture, reflecting each destination in its unique and colourful way.

One finds everything in India: exotic as well as native, the snow clad Himalayas crowned the head in the north, enveloped all the beauty within itself, releases the mighty rivers, Indus, Gangas, and Yamuna and their tributaries. These rivers roll over the whole country like arteries, supplying life blood to the body of the country and its inhabitants throughout the year. The complex beauty of the desert state of Rajasthan is found rarely in any part of the world.  With Thar at its background and vivacious sand dunes, mirages and camels, the huge and glorified palaces, forts and Have lies, present a complex and unique bearuty. The culture of Rajputs with bright Badhani colours intricate designs and the Royal background give their sharp look different from others. In their unique architectural systole in the series of places are lake palace of Udaipur, sand coloured forts in Jaisalmer, city palace of Jaipur, the pink city of India coupled with the vibrant folk dances and folk songs make India an “Epitome of Cultural.

The Taj Mahal at Agra, symbol of Mughal romance and faity, in its architectural perfection and splendor attracts tourists from all over the world. Taj mahal reflects the Persian cultural and their architectural eminence, today counted among the Seven Wonders of the World.

The caves of Ajanta-Ellora, the Sun Temple of Konark, the Temple of Khajurao and Dravidian style stone carved temples of Hoysalewara and Ranganathswamy, the medieval glory of Qutab Minar, Red fort, Fathepur Sikri and other forts and mausoleums with Persian architectural influence, the Victoria Place at Kolkata, beautiful and elegant churches at Goa, each and every symbolizes the richness of Indian culture with tremendous diversification and each has its own attrition for the tourist.

India has witnessed many eras blooming or her soil. Each era and dynasty has left its indelible mark, on their different regions with uniqueness and distinction. From Harappas to Mauryas, Guptas to Sultnas and Mughals to Portuguese and English, witnessed a metamorphosis in each era. Different cultures with different life styles and beliefs, intermingled. Each century brought a new culture, made its impact, kept intact the original identity and beliefs also, and thus a unique diversity with integration is the present India.

Tamil Nadu is known for hundreds of ancient temples. The famous Meenkashi Temple of Madurai, is embellished with 30 million sculptures. Down south, the tranquil bay at Kappad, near to Kozhikode where came the Portuguese navigator Vasco-da-Gama, changing the history of India, the Coromandel coast in Mahabalipuram, the site of largest bas-relief in the world, the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque is Delhi is an iron pillar, rising to a majestic 7.31 M. erected by King Chandra Varman, in the sixth centrury AD and the ravages of time have left no speck of rust on the pillar, are some of the most visiting places by the tourist from every part of the world.

The Bhool Bholaiyan at Lucknow, the mystery of shaking Minarets in the mosque and tomb of Rajbibi in Ahemdabad, the acoustic wonders of Gold Gumbaj, the famous Golden Temole at Amristasr, the oldest church at Palayur in Goa, the oldest synagougue at Mattancherry in Kochi and the oldest mosque in Eheraman Malik Manzil in Kodungallor, aso the modern Louts Temple, the Bahami temple of worship, the Stupa of Sanchi, Tower of Silence at Mumbai, and tallest statue of Bhubali at Karnataka all speak of the glorious heritage of our country and so are the points of attraction for tourists throughout the world.

Nowhere in the world, can be found such multifaceted, most diversified culture with rich heritage reflecting many dynasties and regimes. India is known for its unparalleled religious beliefs as well as for its vast variety of people, the animal kingdom and the rich flora. India is a miniature world, where the torueiss find the best of the west and east coexisting in perfect harmony for centuries.

Another aspect of Indian culture can well be seen in its vibrant and colourful festivals. India has been the birth place of many religion. The Hinduism, the Buddhism, The Jainism, The Sikhism, the Islam and The Christianity also nourished and flourished here well. The Desert festival, the Kite festival, Boat race festival in South India, the Burga Pooja festival of Kolkata, Dussehera of Mysore, Puri festival of Orissa, Ganesh Chaturthi festival of Maharashtra, all are celebrated so colourfully and in such a grand manner, that relet the wonderful observance of religious and cultural heritage of our country.

Not only the above historical festivals, the modern festivals, like the Taj Mahotsava, Khjurao Dance festival, Konark Dance festival, also give an opportunity of seeing all internationally acclaimed faces of Indian classical dance and music on one stage.

Over the years we have developed the concept of eco-friendly tourism, means that while promoting tourism in very possible manner, we should not forget the importance of ecological balance. Many of places at the foothills of the Himalayas have become the dumping ground of tourists. While promoting the tourism in wild life, it must be ensured that the tourists should not become a threat to the tranquility and ecological balance of the forests.

No doubt, India’s diversified culture presents a ‘paradise for tourists’ but to keep it intact, a number, of judicious and prudent policies to facilitates the tourists, andattrat more and more tourists are to be framed and require to be implemented at a fast pace. The tourists are to be framed and require to be implemented at a fast pace. The tourists visiting India, should be enchanted not only with the rich heritage, but they should also feel here safe, sound and welcomed.

The call of this Paradise can be summarized in few lines-

”The snow clad Himalayas at the top,

The flow of rivers, valley and lakes,

The fort and havelies in desert lop,

Vibrant festivals, temples and mosque makes

Nowhere you find such diversified features,

You would say and say our teachers.”