The facts that you may not know about Indian cultures (Part 1)

India is considered a country with rich culture and unique characteristics. Let’s explore with Thien Hoa some interesting features of this country’s culture. – Travel India

1. Architecture – Indian tourism

India possesses unique traits. In aesthetics with unique patterns, appearing in costumes, home decoration accessories, etc. Especially, the residential architecture of India also bears the country’s culture.

The most famous architecture in India is the Taj Mahal. With Islamic and Hindu architecture, with unique details in every corner of the mausoleum. A world wonder, the Taj Mahal is considered the most beautiful work of India.

Famous buildings such as the Taj Mahal and architectural structures with Islamic influence are the heritage of the Mughal dynasty. They are the result of a tradition of uniting all elements from every part of the nation.

2. Festival – Indian tourism

India is the land of fairs and festivals, at least every day of the year there are fairs. Fairs and festivals have enriched the social life of Indian people. Some important fairs and festivals: Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan, Mela Crafts Fair in Surajkund, Holi Fair in North India, Pongal in Tamilnadu, Onam in Kerela, Baisaki in Punjab, Bihu in Assam, the dance festival in Khajuraho and Mamallapuram, etc. Pooram festival in Kerala, India.

3. Eating – traveling India

Referring to Indian cuisine, one cannot help but mention curry, one of the most distinctive features in Indian culinary culture. Curry is one of the dishes originating from India and is created according to different recipes in each country, however Indian curry is always considered the best with special spice recipes that make up Unique taste, separate aromatic spicy.

Asians often use chopsticks to pick up food, Western Europeans use knives and spoons, Indians use their hands

Half of the Indian population is vegetarian and has a lot of religions (there are more than 2 million gods in total), so Indians abstain from a lot of meat.

Drinks are very popular in India, especially beer, gin tonic and whiskey. High-class people sometimes don’t drink alcohol. Do not use alcohol with meals.

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4. India was once an island

India used to be a continent. More than 100 million years ago, in the period of dinosaurs, India was an island that broke out from an ancient supercontinent called Gondwanaland (named after Gondwana, a forest in central India), and moved slowly. North. Evidence is that fossilized shells are found in high mountains.

5. This is a young country

There is a long history of history, but India is a young nation of population. More than half of the 1.2 billion people here are under the age of 25 and two-thirds are under 35. Many Indian young people have a sense of confidence in their country and not too “Western”. In Mumbai, New York’s no-nonsense musical atmosphere in Brooklyn is packed with young talent.

6. Everyone likes to gain weight

“Oh, you just weighed up,” is a very common social compliment among close friends, because it is seen as a sign that you look healthy. But one thing is clear: India is also about to face obesity (not only in humans but also in animals).

If you stop at any repair station you can also see long lines of Indians gobbling up McDonalds or other fast food. While millions of people in rural areas are facing hunger, urban residents are generally facing weight problems.

7. Pavement economy

Anyone who has been to India, even for a few days, will see the flourishing of the sidewalk toad service. Whatever you want to buy, go to the sidewalk. Broken umbrella? There will be a repairman. Need to stick shoe soles? Just call someone who comes to the house to serve. You want to cut hair? There are many options, including services for earwax and pedicure cleaning.

These are traditional services for centuries and continue to thrive. Only one obstacle that could make him lose is the clearance of the sidewalk by the government.

8. Don’t wear new clothes on Saturday

India is the birthplace of many world-renowned scientists and engineers, but all scientific arguments are “thrown through the window” when it comes to superstitious things like: not wearing new clothes on Saturday , do not sweep the house in the evening because it may make Lakshmi afraid to run away, or will it be unfortunate to give or receive something measured with her left hand. For many Indians, regardless of wealth and wealth, adherence to these customs is still part of life.

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Although dirt and poverty are challenges, India is still a country with incredible history, ruins of ancient cities, beautiful nature.

Native colors

India is a multi-ethnic nation where 400 people exist together. Women wear sari, men in jeans and T-shirts, old people wear lungi – a cloth wrapped around their bodies. Local people are very open, generous and love tourists.

Traffic

Be careful on the road because there are no rules here. The level of comfort in public transport depends on the price. For example, with the lowest ticket price, passengers will sit on the floor, luggage storage. If you pay more, you can sit in the air-conditioned compartment. If you want real luxury, choose the Maharajas express train. This is the best train in Asia.

Where to visit

Mumbai is the poorest and richest city in India – you can see the slums and skyscrapers here. You should visit the famous temples: Tirumala Venkateswara temple, Ellora cave, Somnath temple, Kashi Vishwanath, Jagannath, Meenakshi, Nelumbo temples and many other temples. There are also more than 300,000 mosques. One of India’s main attractions is the Taj Mahal, with more than 20,000 construction workers in 30 years.

Food

People in India like to eat spicy. Even if you ask them not to add too much spice, you will get a dish with lots of dill, turmeric, chili. Most residents are vegetarians so you can buy vegetables in many places. Good news for those who love mango, in New Delhi, there is an annual festival dedicated to this fruit.

Medicine

India is the home of Ayurveda – traditional Hindu medicine, based on the idea of ​​balancing systems in the body and using diet, herbal treatment and yoga. It’s not just a treatment – it’s a philosophy. Many tourists come to India for treatment when traditional medicine cannot help them.

Five customary travelers need to know before coming to India

Pay attention to the rituals when going to the place of worship, to prevent sexual assault, to accept prying eyes that visitors need to remember before coming to India.

India is seen as a land of mysteries, where many forms of culture and religion coexist and intertwine. Therefore, visitors coming here need a certain understanding to avoid unnecessary nuisance.

Pay attention to etiquette when coming to places of worship

Indians adhere to religion seriously, so if you wear shorts, remember to use a towel and cover your shoulders before going to the temple. Also, always leave shoes outside when entering the place of worship.

Guests need to cover their shoulders and feet before entering the place of worship.

Prepare for difficult things

Overwhelming is often the initial feeling for many visitors. India is a collection of contradictions, not only politics but also culture and architecture. So, don’t be surprised if you see a modern, bustling shopping complex right next to the city’s poorest slum.

Show affection in public

The beauty of scenic spots like Lake Kerala or the Taj Mahal is often easy for couples to flutter about. But think carefully before showing public affection because these actions are often not welcome in India.

Pay attention to your hands and feet

Indians decentralize all parts of the body, the highest is the head and the lowest is the foot. Because the feet are considered dirty, when you enter someone’s house, you must give up your shoes and absolutely don’t step on any objects in the house.

Besides, bowing and touching elderly people’s feet is an expression of respect. Do not use your left hand when eating and do not give anything to others with your left hand.

Curious glances

Staring at someone as impolite in the West is perfectly normal in India. People here are always curious about foreign tourists and they do not hesitate to observe you. Smiling friendly, you will get a smile back. However, do not sacrifice your own safety for being polite, especially for female travelers.

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8. Kanyakumari nose

This place is also known as Comorin nose, is located at the southern end of India. It has a memorial stone Vivekananda – a guru – located offshore, on a small rock island.

9. Munnar

Known for its hills and tea plantations, Munnar is a peaceful hill in the southern Indian state of Kerala.  It is also home to the highest peak of Anamundi in southern India and is home to the largest number of Nilgiri horned goats.

10. The Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple in New Delhi with its elegant lotus-shaped architecture has welcomed more than 70 million followers since its opening in 1986. This is one of the Baha’i religious centers.

11. Taj Mahal

The list of the most beautiful places in India cannot be complete without the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh state. The white marble tomb was built in the 1600s by Emperor Shah Jahan of the Mughal dynasty to commemorate his third wife Mumtaz Mahal.

12. Havelis

The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan state still houses lavish villas of Indian billionaires, called Havelis. Used to be a symbol of wealth, the Havelis’ façade and interior are covered with delicate and brilliant paintings on the wall, the content depicting the owner’s journey or myths.

13. Chadar Trek

Dubbed the world’s wildest road, Chadar Trek is made up of ice on the Zanskar River, connecting the remote Zanskar village to Leh in Ladakh state. This rugged artery stands out with spectacular views, from glaciers to river rapids and semi-ice caves.

14. Humayun’s tomb

Humayun’s tomb in New Delhi was recognized as a world heritage site in 1993, the resting place of Emperor Humayun, who headed the Mughal empire in the 16th century. This is the first garden – grave of India, inspire other major tomb areas of the country, including the Taj Mahal.

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The rich natural landscape with clear blue lakes and majestic mountains, India also attracts tourists with historic works recognized as world heritage.

1. The National Park of Flowers Valley (Uttarakhand State) is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, discovered by a climber in 1931, hidden in the Himalaya Mountains, behind the Zanskar Mountains. When the weather is warmer, the valley comes alive with hundreds of flowers blooming. The most appropriate time to visit is between July and October.

2. Wind Castle was built in 1799 as an extension of the Royal Palace in Jaipur city, Hawa Mahl. It was originally designed so that women in the royal family could see the streets without being seen.

3. Ladakh is one of the most spectacular areas in India, with towering mountains and deep valleys. The Nubra Valley is located in the northernmost part of Ladakh, with the Shyok River crossing.

4. Adalaj terraces in Ahmedabad city are typical of Indo-Islamic architecture and design. The Adalaj well consists of 5 floors, dating from 1499. All walls are elaborately carved with motifs such as flowers and birds, or mythological scenes.

5. The distance from Kochi 460 km, the small island of Agatti is part of Lakshadweep – India’s smallest territory. White sandy beaches, rich coral reefs, and turquoise waters make the beach an ideal resort, although visitors need permission to come here.

6. As the “jewel in the crown” of Kashmir, Lake Dal is a “must-visit” place when visiting Srinagar, with beautiful gardens and snow-capped mountains. The best way to enjoy the scenery is the traditional wooden boat ride on the lake.

7. The Sam dunes located on the outskirts of Jaiselmer city (Rajasthan state) are one of the most accessible areas of the Great Thar desert – also known as the Sahara of India. A tour on the camelback to see sunrise and sunset will be a memorable experience.