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Incredible India

This  week’s Vagobond Travel Museum is dedicated to a country I’ve never been to but would love to visit someday. We’ve had some great articles and guest stories recently from Incredible India and here they are for you.

Discovering India Through Cultural Tours

Dealing with Travel Problems in India

Top India Destinations for 2013

The Best Hotel in the World – Oberoi Udaivilas

Tips for Great Indian Travel

Kangra Tea and Lord Shiva’s House

Dharbanga – Home of the Ramayana

Incredible India photo montage by Alison Domzalski cc Image via Flickr.

Indian Culture Tours

Discovering India Through Cultural Tours

Discovering India Through Cultural Tours

Guest Story and Photos by Geeta Patel

India has always fascinated tourists from all corners of the world with its beauty and culture. Be it historical remains of the 5000 year old Indus Valley civilization, the greenery of the Western Ghat mountains in the south, the Northern Himalayas or the colorful forts and handicrafts of Rajasthan – every corner of India has its own uniqueness to lure international travelers toward the country. Discovering India through cultural tours is one of the best ways to learn about this amazing country.

Indian Culture ToursIndia is known for its unity in diversity. Multi-ethnic origins, different kinds of climate, habitats, living styles, and languages all make this country an amalgam of varieties. So much so that if a person wants to know how people in different climates and lands live, he or she needs to travel across all parts of this enchanting country.

India is considered among the world’s best holiday destinations, since an exposure to diverse cultures and languages  gives tourists an eye opening experience, but also opens up many myths and mysteries about this ancient land of gold, elephants, and snake charmers.

Indian CulturesNevertheless, arts and crafts, architecture, music, dance, religions, and languages all reflect the culture and its rainbow in this country. A tour to Rajasthan gives a deep insight with it’s magnificent forts and the Rajasthani women clad in brightly colored clothes and wearing tons of jewelry. Not to mention, men wearing huge turbans who drive tourists to the divine lodges of ancient secrets.

The Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love and the Red Fort wearing the glory of Mughal empire are just two of thousands of historical sites. Coming down to the Southern parts of India, every city is associated with its own cultural peculiarity. Mahabalipuram is a port city, the Kamakshi Amman temple and the Varadaraja Perumal temples in Kanchipuram are considered as must visit destinations for cultural travelers. For travelers who like the idea of a pilgrimage, South India offers an unforgettable pious experience.

Not only that, but the places, art and handicrafts of India are also a great attraction for the travelers who love to explore beauty of art on clothes and jewelry. India has ruled the silk industry since ancient times.

Indian Travel Resources
India Eyewitness Travel Guide
Rough Guide to India 2011
Eat Pray Love

All of this comes from long perceived ideas about India among foreigners especially those from Europe and developed countries, but the real India does not appear as quite the same jungle of magic now, when they land here.

Indian WomanWhat they see and are often shocked by are high rise sky scrapers, beautiful roads, multinational companies fighting for a space in Indian market and a good number of westernized, well educated people discussing global scenarios and politics. So, today, apart from the ancient heritage India boasts, of cultural concern is India’s interaction with modern world.

So, today, when a traveler reaches India, he or she not only enjoys elephant rides but also travels across the Thar desert of Rajasthan by the royal train—Palace on Wheels and can look into the dense Nilgiri forests of South India by plane. Women of India

The potpourri of culture in India offers a complete world apart from mysteries and adventures together with food for the soul and mind.

Geeta Patel brings us this guest post about taking cultural tours in India.

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How to Deal With Problems in India

How to Deal With Problems in India

Traveling In India can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, but there are a few things to remember to keep it from being one of the most shocking.    by Satu Susaanna Rommi

How to Deal with Beggars in India

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Beggars are everywhere in India, and it is up to each individual to decide how to deal with beggars in India. Begging is an accepted way to make a living in India, and it is often seen as a richer person’s duty to give to those in need. On the other hand, the child on the poor woman’s arms that so desperately needs milk might not be her own child, and the money one gives to the woman might not be used to buy milk at all. Charities that work with India’s children often advice against giving money to kids, and encourage donations to the many non-governmental organizations and charities that work with the poorest of India.

Before traveling to any country, take note about the travel guidelines and tips to make your vacation stress free and smooth. India is an interesting country for vacation especially for those in search of spiritual renewal and unconditional love.

Read more at India Travel Tips
How to Deal With the Touts, the Crowds and the Beggars in India
where Satu Susanna Rommi offers more great advice on Incredible India.