Culture & Heritage Tours
Discover the interminable legacy of a country that has captivated travelers from the east and the west for centuries with an all-embracing India Cultural tour that will acquaint you with iconic architectural wonders, illustrious temples, mosques, colonial-era churches and Buddhist sanctuaries.
India is a medley of classic cultures going back thousands of years, yet the eternal eminence of the country has remained intact, giving it an aura of fortitude. The ephemeral civilizations, dynasties, and empires that inhabited India left behind their memorials in metal, stone, brick, wood, and even rock.
The journey of India becoming India commenced with the oldest civilization known to man – the dexterously planned geometric cities of the Indus Valley settlements (in Gujarat and Haryana) that were so much ahead of their time that they served as templates for many other civilizations around the world. India Cultural Tour takes you beyond the luxurious smokescreen of touristy travel and into authentic Indian heritage experiences.
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An India Cultural tour is the precise introduction to the collective wealth of India’s architectural icons is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List – outstanding mausoleums, forts, and tombs in the North; glorious caves, rock art, stepwells, colonial-era churches and convents, and a magnificent railway station in the West; the detailed sculptural grandeur of temples, palaces, and ruins in the South; erotic shrines, breathtaking temples, and an ancient university in the East; prehistoric rock shelters and the world’s first Buddhist sanctuary in Central India; and mountain railways that are marvels of engineering in the toughest terrain.
Made up of six regions, India has a mind-boggling number of multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual communities; there are no less than 22 official languages (400 or so languages in all) and thousands of dialects across 28 states, and 9 Union Territories. Each state in each region has its own distinct cuisine, traditions, attire, and festivals!
Every region and sub-region in India showcases its own genres and styles of art and craft, ranging from woodwork and metalwork to stone, lac, and glass works; from carpet weaving to handwoven textiles; from jewel encrusted paintings and resplendent murals to splendid tribal art and contemporary masters.
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India’s ancient traditions of dance, music, storytelling, and dramatic performances along with countless folk and vernacular inputs are glorious art forms where moods, rhythms, and gestures are each tied to context, season, purpose, time, and audience – giving you a brilliant display of the country’s timeless heritage.
Renowned as the hub of the spice trade for centuries, India’s rich, aromatic, flavorful, and incredibly diverse cuisines are a marvelous fusion of many cultural influences and indigenous ingredients.
India’s villages and its tribal regions – where the real India lives – are steeped in beautiful folklore, dance, music, and indigenous craft, imparted by skilled artisan communities. Rural tourism is a wonderful way of enriching a traveler’s India experience.
While many Indian states and cities have gained colossal admiration in tourist circles, there still are so many unexplored vistas that it is impossible to explore the entire country in a year. Why, even a lifetime may not be enough towards that goal! A few of the cultural and heritage places in India are:
Rajasthan: Explore the royal land of the Rajputs
Lucknow: The city of the Nawabs
Khajuraho: Home to the Kamasutra Temples
Delhi: Where Mughal and Colonial Culture and heritage congregate
Gujarat: Temples and the White Desert, Rann of Kutch
Agra: Can’t imagine an India Cultural Tour without Taj Mahal
Karnataka: The astonishing ruins of Hampi
You can target one of these many regions or states for a veritable India Cultural Tour, or pick one from our tastefully curated cultural and heritage tours in India.