India – an ancient sub – continent ?a land that attracted many from far and near for knowledge and trade. A land sheltered by the mighty Himalayas , fed by great rivers, with a coastline of fine beaches, a land of many colours – mountains and deserts, plains and plateaus, populated by numerous ethnic groups speaking dialects and languages, believing in philosophies and practicing religions. A land of stories and myths that can be untiringly explored with enthusiasm time and time again.
Today 28 states form the Republic of India. Choose any part of India – east, west, north, south or central there is much that can be seen in just a part of each!
Over five millenniums faiths and beliefs of various people who lived together for most of the time in great tolerance and harmony, held the land together with art and architecture. Invaders and traders carved Empires for themselves and added to the flavour of the land with their religion and art.
The heartland – central India holds the cradle of our ancient culture – Hindu, Jain and Buddhist. Varanasi, Sanchi, Ajanta, Ellora, Elephanta and Khajuraho . The Muslims and the British enriched Lucknow ?.. these together form the Gems of India.
Neighbouring regions blend together because of people of similar origin, terrain and climate. Rajasthan and Gujarat share the challenges of the great Thar Desert. A land of many ethnic groups with their arts and crafts, mighty Rajput rulers with their Forts and Palaces, a land enriched by the splendid temples built by the Jain merchants holds an enchanting appeal to this region. Explore the unusual in Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Civilization keeps marching ahead. There are places the world over where time stands still. In Orissa on the eastern coast of India, we have people of an ancient origin, living in harmony with nature untouched, as yet, by today world. Visit these places in Orissa to see, to observe and to wonder and respect the ways of this old world.
Tradition and culture go hand in hand. South India is the repository of the Dravidain culture, which is the backbone of the peninsula. Temples and festivals, music and dance, faiths and customs old and new make the South a panorama of vivid and vibrant colours. Endless beaches and the tropical sun give this region an easy pace and a varied holiday. Treasures unfold with each region his then is the beginning of the many coloured splendour known as India.