History and Culture
India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only
Enriched by successive waves of migration and marauders from distant lands, every one of them left an indelible imprint which was absorbed into the Indian way of life.
India is regarded by many as the oldest living civilization of Earth. Its traditions date back to 8000 BC and have developed through The Golden Age, between the 4th and 6th Century CE, the rule of various Empires, right up to British Colonial Rule, the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and on to the present day. Each of these eras has left its distinctive mark on the country.
So rich and varied is the cultural fabric of India, that there are far too many facets to discuss in detail. We have therefore decided to focus on just three examples, which you might particularly enjoy on your trip.
Dating back to the 3rd Century BC, the goal of Yoga in its many forms is to gain spiritual insight and tranquillity through various physical movements and breathing exercises. India is the home of Yoga, which has become a global phenomenon in recent times. So why not take classes during your stay, either by visiting an experience teacher or having one come to your accommodation? We can arrange either, for a physical and spiritual experience you will treasure.
Indian food is famous around the world, and as varied as the country itself. As Athul Kochher, the first Indian to receive two Michelin Stars, said: ‘There is so much to learn from India because each and every state is a country by itself and each has its own cuisine.’ Everyone has their own idea of what Indian food should taste like. When in India, we recommend that you try as many dishes as possible. We also suggest trying your hand in the kitchen, with cooking classes arranged by us. It is great fun and you will be able to impress your friends back home with your spicy specialities.
As you would expect from a country with such a long a varied history, there are plenty of amazing sights – both natural and manmade – to visit. Here are The Lonely Planet’s 5 most popular:
1. The Taj Mahal (Agra)
2. Mehrangah (Jodhpur)
3. Gateway of India (Mumbai)
4. Colaba (Mumbai)
5. Chowpatty Beach (Mumbai)