Stretching back in an unbroken sweep of over 5000 years, India's culture has been enriched by successive waves of migration which were absorbed into the Indian way of life. It is this variety which is a special hallmark of India.
No other country juxtaposes Stone Age cultures and Post-modern groups almost at the same time and space. On one hand, India is an economic superpower; the Maharajas of yore have yielded place to some of the wealthiest tycoons of the world. The country has achieved remarkable breakthroughs in aeronautical and space technologies and has become the hub of Information technology owing to its vast pool of English-knowing technical manpower.
On the other hand, rural India is the India of age-old patterns where tradition is the principal dynamic of society, where outsiders come and go but life continues, often without much change.
In Indian towns and cities there is a constant struggle between the ancient, medieval and present, rich and poor, and traditional and modern. And not surprisingly, Indian cities are a cornucopia of images. As one walks through them, one is awed by the ancient structures strewn around, the vibrant markets, the variety of street food, the colourful people, the multi-cultural mix of mosques, churches and temples and the sheer throbbing energy of the country.
We believe the best way to know a country and people is through close interaction with its popular culture. Our wide range of culture tours offer a glimpse of India’s popular culture that is real, intense, interactive and fun.
Nowhere else in the world are people as colourful as the inhabitants of India — they are forever ready to celebrate life, living it differently but always joyously. Their numerous fairs and festivals occupy a prime place in their lives and are window to the true spirit of the society and the vibrant culture of the country.
Fairs and festivals have a lot of diversity according to the culture, life style, language, religion of each region, however all of them involve practicing rituals, prayers, exchanging goodwill, decorating houses, wearing new clothes and jewellery, music, dance and feasting.
Indians spend a lot of time in the pursuit of religious activities like prayers, rituals, pilgrimages, fasts, discourses, etc. The mornings and evenings in the villages, towns and cities reverberate with the chimes of the temple bells and a day does not pass without religious discourses bellowing over loud-speakers.
There is more diversity of religions here than anywhere on the earth. Each religion has its own pilgrimage sites, gods, heroes, legends, customs and traditions and even culinary specialties.