Travel to India in 2022
Travel is a state of mind and it has nothing to do with distance or the exotic and it is almost entirely an inner experience. Lately, travel has been an inner experience, centred on nostalgia for places visited and fervent plan-making for trips to come. Travel is the movement of people between distant geographical locations.
India is the power of place
India is a unique land of vibrant colors, breathtaking landscapes and rich history and Incredible India is unlike any other and it is one of the travel destinations that have demonstrated the power of a place. Whether it is wild encounter, a meeting of someone new or simply a moment of realisation that your place in the world is not quite what you thought it was, the photographer celebrates the transformative effect that travel in India can have. Travels to India can be designed to allow you as a traveler to experience India and its wonders in an authentic and personal way. To do this, itineraries can be rich in discoveries and very different from those offered by major travel agencies. Vacation trips are mainly used for recreation and leisure. If travelers plan the trip themselves, it is individual trips and the trips put together by tour operators, on the other hand, are considered package tours. The latter are often group trips at the same time. There is a wide variety of vacation trips depending on your preferences, interests and needs. Swimming, hiking and skiing holidays, for instance, are primarily used for recreational purposes, but also health, wellness and culinary trips. Active activity is linked to sport and adventure trips, as well as study or educational trips for people with predominantly cultural needs. Language, city, concert or opera trips are common as special characteristics for the latter.
Vacation trips to India are popular and an alternative form of travel is voluntourism, in which the traveler also aims to create sustainable benefits in the destination country. The great competition within the tourism industry means that vacation trips of all kinds, such as ready-made goods, are offered and advertised in an appropriate manner. In return, for the buyer, such a trip inevitably has the character of a consumer item. A study by the Foundation for Future Issues also shows that vacation travel is increasingly becoming a copy of home with fewer obligations and better weather. Travel motifs such as getting to know the country and its people or trying new things and being surprised are becoming increasingly rare.
Travel to India in 2022
Indian culture encompasses the wide variety of cultures of different peoples and religions found in India. Indian culture, especially art, architecture, music, dance and theater, can look back on several thousand years of tradition. The almost unmanageable diversity of languages and peoples has produced many regional characteristics, but historical influences such as Islam or European colonial powers also left their mark. Texts from Indian religions, Indian philosophy and literature are counted among world literature. Indian buildings are part of the world cultural heritage. Aspects of Indian pop culture, especially popular Indian film and Indian cuisine, have become known around the world.
Maharashtra borders the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Karnataka and Goa clockwise, starting in the northwest, as well as the Arabian Sea. Nagar Haveli, part of a union territory, lies between Maharashtra and Gujarat. Geographically, Maharashtra can be divided into several large landscapes. On the coast lies the Konkan, a stretch of coastline no more than 50 kilometers wide, which is bordered inland by the Western Ghats mountain range, which extends from north to south parallel to the coast. The climate here is relatively humid, partly under maritime influence. To the east of the Western Ghats is the Dekkan plateau, which has a much drier and hotter climate. The north-west adjoining the Western Ghats forms the Khandesh region, which administratively corresponds to the Nashik division, the south-west further inland the Marathwada region, administratively combined in the Aurangabad division and the Vidarbha region extends deepest inland, which is administratively corresponding to the Amravati and Nagpur divisions. In the photograph above an Indian woman is walking with a child at the road in the state of Maharashtra, India. Life in villages in Maharashtra is centered around agriculture. Villages in India have a very fascinating environment to photograph, where the atmosphere is very peaceful, scenic and less crowded than the big cities. Choices are very limited as in you have only one shop or maybe a couple of where you can buy grocery.
"The term cultural tourism is used for journeys that include visits to cultural resources, regardless of whether it is tangible or intangible cultural resources and regardless of the primary motivation"
Culture in India
Cultural tourism experiences include architectural and archaeological treasures, culinary activities, festivals or events, historic or heritage, sites, monuments and landmarks, museums and exhibitions, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, religious venues, temples and churches. It includes tourism in urban areas, particularly historic or large cities and their cultural facilities such as theatres. Cultural tourism is important for many reasons. On the one hand, it gives the local population the opportunity to benefit financially from their cultural heritage and thus to appreciate it and thus to preserve it and, on the other hand, it gives the visitor the opportunity to broaden his own personal horizons. Cultural tourism can therefore help to strengthen identities, improve intercultural understanding and preserve the heritage and culture of an area. However, like any form of tourism, cultural tourism also has negative sides. There may be negative effects on local residents, such as making the local economy unstable, increasing the cost of living for local residents, increasing pollution or creating environmental problems. The local economy can also be destabilized due to the rapid change in population size and the local population also comes into contact with new ways of life that can disrupt their social fabric. One type of cultural tourism destination is living cultural areas. Visiting any culture other than one's own such as traveling to a foreign country. Other destinations include historical sites, modern urban districts, ethnic pockets of town, fairs and festivals, theme parks and natural ecosystems. It has been shown that cultural attractions and events are particularly strong magnets for tourism.
In order to understand properly the concept of cultural tourism, it is necessary to know the definitions of a number terms such as, for instance, culture, tourism, cultural economy, cultural and tourism potentials, cultural and tourist offer and others. It is important that the destination planner take into account the diverse definition of culture as the term is subjective. Satisfying tourists' interests such as landscapes, seascapes, art, nature, traditions, ways of life and other products associated to them, which may be categorized cultural in the broadest sense of the word, is a prime consideration as it marks the initial phase of the development of a cultural destination.
Fairs and festivals in India
As a photographer and traveler you can experience one or more of the many fairs and festivals while traveling in the country. For three days and nights the streets come alive with color in Goa. Held in mid February the weeklong event is a time for lively processions, floats, the strumming of guitars, graceful dances and of non-stop festivity. One of the more famous of the Indian carnivals the 'Goa Fair' is a complete sell out in terms of tourism capacities. Also in the same month and as spring glides in, full of warmth and vibrancy leaving the gray winter behind, Surajkund adorns itself with colorful traditional crafts of India. Craftsmen from all over the country assemble at Surajkund during the first fortnight of February to participate in the annual celebration known as the 'Surajkund Crafts Mela'. The spring festival in India, 'Holi' is a festival of colors and it is celebrated in March or April according to the Hindu calendar, it was meant to welcome the spring and win the blessings of Gods for good harvests and fertility of the land. As with all the Hindu festivals, there are many interesting legends attached to 'Holi', the most popular being that of Prince Prahlad, who was a devout follower of Lord Vishnu. It is the second most important festival of India after 'Diwali'. 'Holi' in India is a festival of fun and frolic and has been associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha. The exuberance and the festivity of the season are remarkable. 'Diwali', the festival of lights, illuminates the darkness of the New Year's moon and strengthens our close friendships and knowledge, with a self-realization. 'Diwali' is celebrated on a nation-wide scale on 'Amavasya' the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of 'Ashwin' in October and November every year. It symbolizes that age-old culture of India which teaches to vanquish ignorance that subdues humanity and to drive away darkness that engulfs the light of knowledge. 'Diwali', the festival of lights even to-day in this modern world projects the rich and glorious past of India. Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity during the Pushkar Camel Fair. Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world's largest camel fair. But it is much more than that.
Famous fairs and festivals:
• Goa Fair
• Surajkund Mela
• Pushkar Mela
Flights to India
India's large size and uncertain roads make flying a viable option, especially as prices have tumbled in the last few years. Even India's offshore islands and remote mountain states are served by flights, the main exceptions being Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh although crossing over from neighbouring states is fairly easy. Due to the aviation boom over the last few years, airports have not been able to keep up with the air traffic. Most Indian airports continue to function with a runway and a handful of boarding gates. Check in and security queues can be quite long, especially in Delhi and Mumbai. India has recently built two new international airports in Hyderabad and Bengaluru, which are modern and well-equipped. Mumbai and New Delhi airports have been upgraded. The Mumbai airport Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport is an art in itself and it is really recommended that you take a stroll along this huge airport if you have the time to admire various sculptures and art pieces and get a small glimpse into India's culture. India has four major airports, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata. The other major entry points in the country are Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi. For secondary points of entry to India, consider Gaya, Goa, Trivandrum, Trichy, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Kozhikode, Ahmedabad, Patna, Lucknow and Pune. Air transport is the fastest method of transport when you want to travel to India. Find cheap flights in seconds, explore destinations on a map, and sign up for fare alerts on Google Flights.
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