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. (Mark Twain)Tour in Intoxicating Incredible India, the cradle of civilization unveils a vast symphony of diverse people, varied landscapes, art, cultures, cuisines, and belief systems that enrich one’s inner world and thrill the outer senses. India is incredible not only in view of its ethnic, linguistic, demographic, climatic and geographic diversity, above all, India is incredible when visitors examine India from different historical, and cultural angles.
India is home to ancient Indus Valley Civilization where the Vedic tradition flourished in its historic imprints. The major four eastern religious and cultural traditions Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated in Indian sub continent. Further, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in India in the first millennium which also enhanced to shape India’s cultural diversity.
Some Intriguing Intoxicating Facts about Incredible India
- India is the world’s largest, oldest, continuous civilization
- India practices the world’s largest living democracy
- Sanskrit Grammar constitutes one of India’s greatest contributions to Western Philology
- India invented the Number System
- The World’s first university was established in Takshashila in 700BC. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient civilization of India in the field of education.
- Sanskrit originated in India which is the mother of all the European languages
- Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans. Charaka, the father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
- The value of “pi” was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century long before the European mathematicians.
- Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10**53(10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 BCE during the Vedic period.
- Chess is the product of Indian mind.
- When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley which is known as Indus Valley Civilization
- Islam is India’s and the world’s second largest religion
- Jews and Christians have lived continuously in India since 200 B.C.E and 52 A.D respectively.
- The Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th century, is the world’s largest religious pilgrimage site, larger than either Rome or Mecca, with an average of 30,000 visitors every day.
- Columbus started his voyage from Spain to find a sea route for India but landed in America thinking that he is in India, treasure of Silk and Spices.
- India is known for its spirituality and high level of intellectual discussions in Vedas, Gita, Vedanta, Buddhist scriptures and in the writings of Sufis, Jains, Sikh saints and scholars.
- The rich tradition of Ayurveda and Yoga is the focus the world today
- Politically, India is world’s largest democracy. India is the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, who practiced Non-violence as an instrument for social change. Mahatna Gandhi is the source of inspiration to the great leaders of the world including Barack Obama.
In fact, visitors can enjoy the open plains of the Rajasthani desert, the calm waters of the Keralan backwaters and the dizzying heights of the Himalaya’s by contrast to the sights, sounds, hustle and bustle of the cities in India. Further, visitors will be left breathless by some of India’s world heritage monuments and be overwhelmed by India’s monument to love, the Taj Mahal.
Overall Incredible India has an amazing variety in terms of cultures, traditions, clothes, people, religion, languages, vegetation, population, landforms, soil colors, cuisine, music, and dances. And, yet there’s unity in so much diversity. Whether it is encounter with the magic taste of Indian spices or spiritual mystic Vedic remnant of ancient traditions or wonders of Taj Mahal or magic of classical music visitors intoxicate the magic of incredible India.