Welcome to Incredible India!

With its sumptuous mix of traditions, spiritual beliefs, festivals, architecture and landscapes, your memories of India will blaze bright long after you have left its shores.

Capital City of India:
New Delhi

Population:
1.369 Mio.

Official language:
Hindi, English

Currency:
INR = Indian Rupee

National Day:
January 26

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Table of Contents

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Best time to visit India

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Destination India

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India for City Lovers

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The Most Beautiful Places for Nature Lovers in India

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India for Beach Lovers

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Lovers of Indian Food

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India for Festival Lovers

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What is India famous for?

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Our Partner in India

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More Information about India

Best time to visit India

November to March in the plains, July to September for the Himalaya.

Destination India

Discover the regions of India!

The region of Delhi

The vibrant and magical capital of India contrasts with its calm forest surroundings.

The Himalayan Northern Border

Adventurers will be delighted to discover the spirituality and cultural heritage of the Himalayas.

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The North, the tribal Belt

This region is quite isolated and less explored but offers acres of lush vegetation and tea plantations.

The East, bordering the Bay of Bengal

Culture, cuisine and colonial architecture are what attracts tourists to this tolerant region.

The great South

With lush vegetation and historic temples, the south pays tribute to its indigenous culture.

The west, on the path of the Maharadjas

Mumbai, Bollywood cinema and beautiful landscapes including deserts, beaches, forests, fortresses and palaces.

India for City Lovers

India is famous for its incredible culture, tasty cuisine, scenic beauty and heritage sites. We show you the most beautiful cities countrywide with stunning urban landscapes, and a thriving cultural scene which you should visit.

Delhi

It is true that Delhi is the capital of India, home to the executive, judiciary and legislative branches of the Government. But Delhi is much more than that. It is a creative hub – a large metropolis with many arts and culture-related activities to offer. Travelers can head there for the best dining experiences and nightlife, but also for sightseeing as the city is home to some of the most stunning temples, mosques and forts. These include the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and the Baha’i Lotus Temple.

India - Red Fort in Delhi

Agra

Agra is home to what is arguably the most beautiful and revered building in the country, the Taj Mahal. This stunning marble mausoleum is part of the Seven Wonders of the World. Agra also has two other UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, which are also worth a visit.

India - Taj Mahal in Agra

Varanasi

Varanasi is one of the most beautiful, historical and spiritual cities in northern India. The first settlements date back to the 11th century BC, making it one of the oldest inhabited places in the world. A sacred place for both Hindus and Jains, it is also home to a varied range of vendors, sadhus, entrepreneurs, priests, pilgrims and families. The scenes of devotion in the river, set against the backdrop of stunning temples, are certainly some of the most impressive in the world.

India - Varanasi Ghat

Kolkata

A charming city for the unsuspecting traveler, Kolkata has long been known as the country’s cultural capital, and continues to be home to some of the best poets, film producers, writers and Nobel Prize winners. It is a city of contrasts, where you’ll encounter run-down but beautiful British Raj period houses, historical colleges and stunning gardens.

Chennai

Chennai is a beautiful city serving as the gateway to the south of India and has a distinct culture based on Tamil traditions. At the same time, the city is a modern cosmopolitan city with a very diverse population. The architectural landscape, for example, comprises beautiful ancient temples just as much as modern high-rises. Besides the thriving local arts and culture scene which attracts visitors from across the globe, Chennai is also an important medical tourism destination.

Bangalore

In one of the latest surveys, Bangalore was established as India’s most livable city. In the past, it used to be referred to as the “Pensioner’s Paradise” and the “Garden City of India” because of its large, green spaces. While in recent years, development has meant that the city’s green areas have been affected and reduced, it still has enough to make it one of the most beautiful cities in India, and lush green forests can still be found in the outskirts. Bangalore is also the main center of the IT industry, commonly known as the “Silicon Valley of India”.

Mysore

Located in southern India, Mysore is by far one of the most well-planned cities in India, the second cleanliest countrywide and the cultural capital of Karnataka. What Mysore is most famous for is its yoga centers; in fact, it’s where Ashtanga yoga originated. To find the best yoga schools, the Gokulam suburb is your best bet. The area is home to some of the most renowned schools in the country, including the famous S.K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute.

Mumbai

Located along the sea, Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan metropolis of India, and was once known as Bombay. It is also the biggest city in India, and, without doubt, the country’s financial center. With endless opportunities for exploration, the city’s most notable attraction is the Gateway of India, built in 1911 to commemorate a royal visit.

Udaipur

Most famous for its stunning lakes, forts, temples and palaces, Udaipur is another city located in the state of Rajasthan, and is certainly not to be missed. Lovers will be delighted to hear that this is a city filled with romantic spots, as well as beautiful gardens. Over the years, it has been a favorite setting for many movies, including James Bond-title Octopussy (1983). The city is filled with colour, as locals opt to wear vibrant clothes, and fairs and festivals happen year-round.

Jaipur

Jaipur is commonly known as the ‘Pink City’ due to its stunning buildings which were painted pink in 1876 to welcome the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria. Jaipur is also the biggest city in the state of Rajasthan, and its capital. Together with Agra and Delhi, it is part of the famous Golden “Triangle” which attracts thousands of Indian and international tourists every year. The most-visited sites include the mesmerizing City Palace, a couple of impressive Rajput forts and the many temples.

India - Jaipur, Rajasthan

The Most Beautiful Places for Nature Lovers in India

The geographic terrain of India is rich and diverse, filled with lush green forests, scenic lakes, majestic mountain peaks, mosaics of grasslands, tropical beaches, and vast stretches of wilderness. From east to west, north to south, this South Asian country packs an assortment of treasures for nature lovers. Here is a rundown of some of the most beautiful places where you can be at one with nature.

Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

Commonly known as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’, Khajjiar sits at over 1981 meters (6500 feet) and is synonymous with picturesque beauty. Dense forest, swathes of green meadows and beautiful snow-capped mountain vistas make it an ideal destination for nature lovers. Visitors can partake of adventure activities, like zorbing, trekking, paragliding and horse-riding, and the must-visit sites include the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to exotic flora and fauna, Khajji Naga Temple that dates back to the 12th century, and the Khajjiar Lake set at 1920 meters and encircled by hills, grasslands and deodar forests.

Chail, Himachal Pradesh

Sitting amid the Shivalik hills, Chail is a peaceful and secluded hill station that once served as a summer retreat for the Maharaja of Patiala. Surrounded by deodar and pine forests and replete with spectacular views of the mountains, this place is a delight for nature lovers and photographers. A visit to Sadhupul lake, Chail Palace, Kali temple and the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is a must when in Chail.

Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand

Nestled in the Nanda Devi Biosphere, the Valley of Flowers is the most attractive place in Uttarakhand. Every inch of this place is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty in the form of endemic alpine flowers and diversity of flora, including medicinal herbs. Besides, it is also home to a variety of endangered species of animals, including the snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, blue sheep and musk deer, to name a few. Also, there are a host of gushing waterfalls and streams in this scenic valley. You need to trek to this beautiful valley, so be aware that July to September is the only time when trekking is allowed here.

Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

Located in the eastern district of Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh boasts of irresistible natural beauty, high altitude grasslands and historic charm. It is the starting point for treks to the holy shrines of Kailash and Mansarovar. And, the panoramic views of the mighty peaks of Nanda Devi, Appi of Nepal and Panchachuli are clearly visible from this place. Some of the tourist spots include the Pithoragarh Fort, Askot Sanctuary that is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, and Kafni Glacier Trek, among many others. And, visitors can also indulge in adventure activities, like hiking, skiing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. This tiny place is an ideal place for those looking for a nature retreat.

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Unscathed by modern civilization, the Ziro in north-eastern India is blessed with abundant natural beauty. Vast expanses of paddy fields, rolling green hills with abundant flora, quaint villages and its virgin beauty attract many nature lovers. Besides, this place is also a treat for adventure seekers, trekkers and wildlife explorers. Some of the must-visit attractions include Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to a variety of exotic flora and fauna, Kile Pakho where you can soak in the natural beauty, and Dolo Mando and Midey are trekkers’ paradise.

Dzukou Valley, Nagaland

Sandwiched between north-eastern states of Manipur and Nagaland, Dzukou Valley is home to lush green forest, mosaic of grasslands, flowers of varying hues, and an abundance of flora and fauna, making it a perfect spot to spend some time in the lap of Mother Nature. The Japfu hills add to the splendour of the place and make it is a perfect spot for trekking. If you’re not up for trekking, take a stroll among the ubiquitous flowers. This is home to a variety of flowers, including the rare and unique Dzükou lily, multi-colored rhododendrons and aconitum. The best time to visit is October to May. To reach the valley, you need to trek either from Zakhama village or Visvema village. Indian visitors need an inner line permit for Nagaland and foreign visitors must register themselves at the local state government office in Kohima or Dimapur, Nagaland.

Araku, Andhra Pradesh

The vast grasslands, rose gardens of varying hues, coffee fields, fruit-laden orchards, gushing waterfalls, and the diversity of flora and fauna mean Araku Valley is a spot with prolific scenic beauty. The famous attractions here include coffee plantations, Padmapuram botanical garden, a Tribal museum that features tribal lifestyle and handicrafts, and waterfalls, like Sangda falls, Dumbriguda falls and Katiki falls. Also, the natural Borra Caves situated near the valley are a must visit.

Munnar, Kerala

Spend some “me” time in nature’s lap in Munnar, a hill station famous for its tea and spice plantations. Camping, parasailing, birdwatching, trekking, wildlife spotting, fishing, boating and rock climbing are the popular activities here. Some of the must-visit attractions include Echo Point, and Kundala Lake where you can enjoy boating and shikara rides amidst the natural beauty and views of rolling hills; Devikulum is home to an assortment of temples, Attakud waterfall and Anamudi Peak, among many others. For tea lovers, there’s a Tata Tea Museum where you can learn about the history of tea and its processing.

Coorg, Karnataka

Famously known as the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg is a tiny hill station located in Southern Karnataka in the lap of Western Ghats. This place is irresistible with its lush coffee plantations, stunning landscapes, quaint villages, refreshing weather, cascading waterfalls, like Abbey and Iruppu falls, and a diversity of flora and fauna at Nagarhole National Park and Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a perfect place if you’re looking to escape the monotony of daily life and get close to nature.

Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra

Another ethereal beauty is the Kaas Plateau, which is a UNESCO World Biodiversity Site. It attracts visitors with more than 850 different and unique species of flowering plants. When these flowering plants are in full bloom in the months of August-September, its beauty is incomparable. Being relatively undiscovered, you can experience this beauty in utmost serenity and breathe in the fresh, unpolluted air.

India for Beach Lovers

When dreaming up a tropical getaway in India, the first place that likely comes to mind is Goa – a former Portuguese colony about an hour’s flight south of Mumbai. But the popular seaside retreat isn’t the only sandy shoreline in India that’s worth a visit when you travel here. Each sunny strip offers a different experience, from family-friendly water sports to riotous full moon-style parties, private coves and some of Asia’s best diving. We have combed the coastline to uncover 11 of the best beaches in India.

Mandarmani, West Bengal

This virgin beach is located in the eastern part of the country, about four hours’ south from Kolkata by car.
The sleepy fishing village has turned into a fast-developing resort town, thanks in part to a popular eight-mile-long stretch of sand that’s often occupied by little red crabs.
Around the area, travelers can experience postcard-worthy beaches such as Digha and Shankarpur – known for their spectacular sunrises and calm waters.

Puri, Odisha

The devout visit Puri – a city south of Kolkata on the eastern coast – to see the 11th-century Jagannath temple. But the famous Hindu temple isn’t the only thing the area is known for.
The main beach draws a crowd looking for a party atmosphere and plentiful bhang – edible marijuana, which is legal in India.
Travelers who prefer an uninterrupted plot of sand may want to move away from the main beach in favor of quieter shores, such as Balighai and Chandrabhaga to the north.
Puri is also ideally situated for excursions to Konark (about an hour’s drive northeast) to see the 13th-century Sun Temple and Raghurajpur heritage crafts village (roughly 20 minutes north) where travelers will admire elaborate pattachitra traditional scroll paintings.

Rushikonda, Andhra Pradesh

Located in eastern India, this clean and secluded beach – set away from the bustle of Visakhapatnam city in the state of Andhra Pradesh – is a favorite picnic spot among locals, despite the strong currents.
More adventurous travelers can rent surfboards and kayaks and take to the water, but challenging conditions mean this isn’t a place for beginners.
Rushikonda also offers easy access to tourist attractions such as the rocky outcrop known as Dolphin’s Nose and the fourth-century Venkateswara Temple – said to welcome 40 million people annually.

Tharangambadi, Tamil Nadu

Meaning “The Land of the Singing Waves” in the local Tamil language, Tharangambadi was a Danish colony from 1620 to 1845. Now better known by its Anglicized name of Tranquebar, the quiet town sits on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in southern India.
Apart from an attractive beach, the town is an architecturally fascinating place to visit, filled with old churches and monuments from the time of Danish and, later, British rule. One of the most impressive buildings in the area is sand-colored Fort Dansborg, overlooking the sea.
Once a hub of commerce and trade, today the imposing building houses a museum dedicated to artifacts from Danish rule.

Bekal, Kerala

On the northwestern edge of the Kerala region, in southwestern India, shallow Bekal beach sits beside the stately Bekal Fort, which is shaped like a giant keyhole.
The area shot into the limelight a couple of decades ago after popular Bollywood film “Bombay” featured the 17th-century fort as the backdrop to its main song sequence.
Offering a long stretch of sand, the beach is popular among both locals and visitors for the lush gardens and art installations, including reddish laterite rock sculptures depicting theyyam (a traditional dance).

Kaup, Karnataka

It’s a vision of blues and greens, surrounded by groves of needled casuarina trees.
Along the expanse of gold beach, travelers will find a century-old lighthouse offering excellent sunset views from atop the tower.
When walks on the shore and banana boat rides get boring, we’d recommend a side trip to St Mary’s Islands, off the coast.
A national geological monument, the four-island archipelago is famed for its stunning hexagonal basalt lava rock columns – thought to date back millions of years.
Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama is also thought to have landed on the island in the 1490s on his way to Kerala.

Gokarna, Karnataka

Perhaps the only strip of sand in India with a shot at unseating Goa from its pole position, Gokarna offers the same alluring package of beach escape and spiritualism, all overlooking azure waters.
The area actually has several separate beaches, all with powdery white sands.
Popular with backpackers who enjoy their lively buzz and makeshift cafes, these include coconut tree-lined Kudle and Om, blessed with scenic coves.
A short stroll or boat ride away is the ultra-secluded Half Moon Beach. Farther along is Paradise – a place of low hammocks over the sand, fresh seafood in beach shacks, and welcoming homestays owned by locals.

Palolem, Goa

Though busy, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include Goa – it’s the uncrowned coastal capital of the country, known for its laid-back vibe and pretty beaches.
The state’s popularity among both Indian and international tourists has meant a steady increase in visitors over the years.
Savvy Goaphiles, meanwhile, know to skip the crowded northern beaches and head down south towards picturesque Palolem.
Here you are guaranteed a good night’s sleep thanks to a ban on live music after 10 p.m.
If they like, night owls can pick up a pair of headphones and dance around at the area’s famous “Silent Noise” parties.
Hugged by a coconut-studded palm forest, the area offers an array of relaxing experiences, such as Ayurveda massages and yoga classes right on the shore.
Should you want to get out for a day, popular day excursions include dolphin-sighting tours around the Arabian Sea.
Heading in the opposite direction, travelers can explore various wildlife sanctuaries to potentially spot tigers, leopards, monkeys and deer.

Tarkarli, Maharashtra

With the beaches of Goa packed throughout the year, the southern coast of Maharashtra – a few hours’ drive to the northwest – is a great alternative.
In addition to fine white sands, the Tarkarli region is also home to serene backwaters, bustling villages and ancient sea forts.
Travelers can enjoy the quiet life or take advantage of ample water activities like scuba diving, parasailing and snorkeling on the beach.
Just off the coast of Malvan (about 45 minutes northwest of Tarkarli), the Sindhudurg Fort is the area’s most beautiful monument, promising expansive Arabian Sea views from atop the 17th-century stone walls.

Radhanagar, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Located on Havelock Island – in the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands between India and Thailand – Radhanagar (known locally as Beach No. 7) is oft listed as one of Asia’s best beaches. Travelers combing the isolated coastline will quickly see the appeal – picture calm waters and fine sand, fringed by a lush canopy. Despite the far-flung location, there’s actually much to do. Travelers can fill their days with water sports, sunbathing, surfing, fishing, sailing, kayaking and rainforest treks – to name a few Scuba diving is one of the best ways to explore the underwater worlds and colorful coral reefs, with classes for both beginners and experienced divers available.

Minicoy, Lakshadweep

Despite its misnomer, Lakshadweep (meaning “100,000 islands”, but only home to 36) promises spectacular tropical scenery and secluded sands.
Most beaches around the archipelago offer private coves and an assortment of water activities, but Minicoy – in the southernmost atoll – scores bonus points with those who are seeking absolute isolation.
Most travelers spend their mornings snorkeling or diving amidst the brilliant coral reefs.
It’s easy to explore the tiny 1.8-square-mile island (with roughly 10,000 people).
You can plan a visit to a local village or climb the namesake white lighthouse, which was built by the British in 1885.

Lovers of Indian Food

Indian food is delicious, but it can be hard for people unfamiliar with it to know what they are ordering. Here is some of the best Indian foods.

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken or Makhan Murg in Hindi is one of the most popular Indian dishes. Makhan, in Hindi, stands for Butter and Murg means chicken, which literally translates to butter chicken. Initially originating in the northern Indian state of Punjab, butter chicken features a beautifully cooked chicken mixed in with a tomato curry sauce, resulting in a popular curry that has gained international fame. Butter chicken was first invented by accident in the Moti Mahal restaurant in New Delhi when leftover chicken pieces were mixed with leftover sauce. This dish is enjoyed with naan, roti or even with rice.

Chaat

Next up on this list of the best Indian foods is a broad category of street foods known as chaat. Chaat in India is typically sold from makeshift stands on the sides of busy streets and is a popular dinner or snack for all sorts of people ranging from children to office workers to the elderly. Among the most popular types of chaats are Bhel Puri, Pani Puri, and Samosa Chaat. Although chaats are very susceptible to change based on the region you may be visiting, the aforementioned foods are common and can be found almost anywhere you go in India.

Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka is also a very popular Indian dish that has not only garnered domestic fame but also international fame. Dal Tadka was originally made with burnt charcoal to give it a smoky flavor but since then has changed to be one of the most simple dishes in the world. Making Dal Tadka is a simple process that involves steaming lentils or the dal, and then seasoning it with traditional Indian spices such as cumin, garlic, and ghee. Dal Tadka goes easy on the spices, just enough to give it a good flavor, but not enough to make it intolerable.

Dhokla

Coming from the Indian state of Gujarat is the Dhokla. Dhoklas are made with a fermented batter that is derived from split chickpeas and rice and can be eaten for virtually any course. Dhoklas are eaten in India as side dishes, for breakfast, as the main course and even as a snack at events such as parties and weddings. Dhoklas are best served with green mint sauce and a sweet tamarind sauce and are usually yellow in color. Dhoklas have many variations to them. They can be prepared with a variety of ingredients with different ratios of chickpeas within them.

Masala Chai

Next is not a food, but rather a type of tea. One of the most traditional and most classic staples of Indian foods is Masala Chai. Masala Chai differs from the traditional British or American teas that most people are accustomed to. Masala Chai starts with fresh tea leaves derived from the tea plantations of Assam or West Bengal. The black tea leaves are then steeped in hot water and mixed with shredded ginger and cardamom seeds to give it a hint of spiciness. Following the brewing process, milk is added and it is served hot and fresh.

Matar Paneer

Next up is the classic Matar Paneer. In Hindi, Matar translates to peas and Paneer refers to a fresh cheese made in India, which is one of the main ingredients in this dish. Matar Paneer is a North Indian dish that consists of peas and paneer cooked in a mild tomato sauce like the Butter Chicken, except Matar Paneer is seasoned with Garam Masala, a blend of ground spices. Matar Paneer is traditionally served with Indian bread such as naan or aloo paratha, but is also eaten by some with rice. Sometimes, other ingredients such as potatoes may be added.

Rogan Josh

Finally on this list is Rogan Josh. Rogan Josh is a North Indian dish with Muslim influences and first originated in Persia or Kashmir. Rogan Josh is a meat curry dish that features a lump of red meat such as lamb or goat which is colored and flavored by alkanet flowers or roots and Kashmiri chillis. Rogan Josh is prepared by both Muslims and Hindus with significant differences in the way it is prepared. Rogan Josh is best served with naan or any other Indian bread. It should also be mentioned that Rogan Josh is a staple in British restaurants.

Samosa

Next up on this list are the classic samosas. A samosa can differ in shape, size, and fillings based on the region but have the same basics no matter where they are found. Samosas are basically Indian calzones. They feature a crusty exterior that is deep-fried and is filled with a variety of vegetables such as potatoes, meats or lentils that are heavily seasoned. Samosas are served alongside sauces such as mint sauce, tamarind sauce, and spicy green sauce, which compliments the samosa well. Samosas are not only found in India and can be found in the Middle East too.

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken is another North Indian dish that may have been around back in 3000 BC. Tandoori Chicken derives its name for the vessel it’s cooked in known as a Tandoor Oven. It is a cylindrical shaped oven that is powered by burning wood or charcoal. The Tandoor Oven is made of either clay or metal and offers a distinct taste to meals cooked within it. Tandoori Chicken consists of chicken that is marinated for a few days in a mixture of yogurt and tandoori masala, a blend of traditional Indian spices. Following this, the chicken is then cooked.

Vada Pav

Next up is food that first originated as street food and is sold in restaurants across India and the rest of the world today, Vada Pav. The Vada refers to a deep-fried potato fritter that is placed between two pieces of bread, the pav. Due to this dish’s resemblance to a sandwich or a burger, it is commonly known as the Bombay burger because of its origin in the North Indian city of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. The Vada Pav is served with one or more chutneys such as green sauces and tamarind sauces. Alongside the Pav is also a green chili.

India for Festival Lovers

Being a highly spiritual country, festivals are at the heart of people’s lives in India. The numerous and varied festivals that are held throughout the year offer a unique way of seeing Indian culture at its best. Don’t miss these popular festivals in India for an unforgettable experience.

Diwali

Diwali honors the victory of good over evil and brightness over darkness. It celebrates Lord Ram and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom of Ayodhya, following the defeat of Ravan and rescue of Sita on Dussehra. It’s known as the “Festival of Lights” for all the fireworks, small clay lamps, and candles that are lit to guide their way. For Indian Hindu families, Diwali is the most anticipated festival of the year.

Ganesh Festival

The spectacular 11-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival honors the birth of the beloved Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. The start of the festival sees huge, elaborately-crafted statutes of Ganesh installed in homes and public podiums, which have been beautifully decorated. The statues are worshiped everyday throughout the festival. On the last day, they’re paraded through the streets, accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then submerged in the ocean. The best place to experience it is in Mumbai.

Holi

Holi, often referred to as the “Festival of Colors”, is one of the best known festivals outside of India. The festival is centered around the burning and destruction of the demoness Holika, which was made possible through unwavering devotion to Lord Vishnu. However, the really fun part involves people throwing colored powder on each other and squirting each other with water guns. This is associated with Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who liked to play pranks on the village girls by drenching them in water and colors. Bhang (a paste made from cannabis plants) is also traditionally consumed during the celebrations. Holi is a very carefree festival that’s great fun to participate in if you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.

Krishna Janmashtami (Govinda)

Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Govinda, commemorates the birthday of Lord Krishna. An extremely fun part of the festival involves teams of guys climbing on each other to form a human pyramid to try and reach and break open clay pots filled with curd, which have been strung up high from buildings. This activity, called dahi handi, falls on the second day. It’s best experienced in Mumbai.

Navaratri, Durga Puja and Dussehra

The nine nights of the Navaratri festival honor the mother goddess Durga in all her incarnations. The tenth day, called Dussehra, celebrates the defeat of demon king Ravan by Lord Ram and monkey god Hanuman in northern India. It also coincides with Durga’s victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. In eastern India, the festival is observed as Durga Puja. It’s the biggest festival of the year in Kolkata. Huge statues of the Goddess Durga are made and immersed in the river there. In Delhi, nightly Ramlila plays are held around the Red Fort, recounting episodes from the life of Lord Ram.

Onam

Onam is the biggest festival of the year in the South Indian state of Kerala. This lengthy harvest festival marks the homecoming of mythical King Mahabali, and it showcases the state’s culture and heritage. People decorate the ground in front of their houses with flowers arranged in beautiful patterns to welcome the king. The festival is also celebrated with new clothes, feasts served on banana leaves, folk dance, games, and snake boat races.

Pushkar Camel Fair

An astonishing number of camels converge on the tiny desert town of Pushkar, in India’s state of Rajasthan, for the Pushkar Camel Fair. The camels are dressed up, paraded, shaved, entered into beauty contests, raced, and of course traded. If you want to see the camel trading, make sure you arrive before the start of the festival because it gets underway and winds up early.

Temple Festivals in Kerala

Kerala has many temples that hold annual festivals in honor of the presiding local god or goddess. Each festival has a different set of legends and myths behind it, depending on the temple deity. However, most revolve around the presence of elephants to honor the deity. The large processions of elephants, resplendent in ornaments, are the main attraction at these festivals. The processions are accompanied by colorful floats, drummers and other musicians. Some processions feature towering effigies of horses and bulls.

What is India famous for?

Its incredible Architecture

India is known for its incredible architecture, most notably the Taj Mahal, one of the most famous buildings on Earth and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The Hindi Film Industry – Bollywood

The Hindi Film Industry – commonly known as Bollywood, began in Mumbai and still has a strong presence today. Although originally Bollywood films were only promoted throughout India, they are now a worldwide sensation, creating many international stars.

Its diverse Culture

India has a varied and diverse culture, which changes depending on where in the country you visit. You’ll find different religions, different styles of art and music – even different languages across the nation.

Colourful Celebrations and Festivals

India is known all over the world for its colourful and bright festivals such as Holi and Diwali. People in India love to celebrate, and many from around the world travel to join them too!

Delicious Indian Food

Food is a big part of Indian culture and is so varied regarding styles and flavours. Indian food is loved not only in India but also all over the world due to its unique and tasty spices.

Historical Mathematicians

India has long been associated with mathematics. In fact, it was Aryabhatta and Ramanujam – two famous mathematicians from India – who first brought to light the concept of ‘zero’.

The large Population

India is the second most populated country in the world, showing how carefully and effectively the country is run in order to manage and govern such a high number of people.

Its Spiritual Connection

Many people travel to India in search of spirituality, taking the opportunity to learn from gurus at ashrams around the country. Not only that, but India is also home to several religions which are proudly worshipped throughout the country.

Its Sporting Culture

India’s national sport is hockey, but the country is most commonly associated with cricket, which is also a favourite sport of many people across India. In fact, India’s cricket team has won several world championships, and some of the world’s most famous cricket players are Indians!

An old yet outstanding Train Network

India is famed for its train system – one of the oldest in the world. It spans the entire nation and connects all of India’s major cities, with around 2.3 crore people (23 million) travelling by rail each year.

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