INDIA AS AN CULTURAL

DESTINATION

-BY AMIT KUMAR MISHRA(09824501712)
MANOJ PAWAR(09924501712)

which has been derived from the Persian word for Hindu. • Because of this there have been a diversity in the culture of India which has made it a very popular tourist destination. and Portuguese etc. and tradition. heritage. • India has been ruled by numbers of rulers including Rajputs . English. • Now India is popularly know as “Bharat” and also “Hindustan” • Since ancient times. . • Major dhármic religions which were founded in India include Hinduism. India has been known for its culture. from Sanskrit word “Sindhu”.Sikhism and Jainism. • The Bhimbetka rock shelters in Madhya Pradesh are the earliest known traces of human life in India. Buddhism .INTRODUCTION • The name India comes from the word Indus. Mughals .

LIST OF UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN INDIA .

religions. intellectual. the fundamental rights of a human being. It includes not only the arts and letters. specifically the lifestyle of the people in those geographical areas. has been defined as “the whole complex of distinctive spiritual. particularly historic or large cities and their cultural facilities such as museums and theatres. • Tourism is the activities of persons traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure. • Cultural tourism includes tourism in urban areas. It can also include tourism in rural areas showcasing the traditions of indigenous cultural . the history of those peoples. & emotional features that characterize a society or social group. traditions and beliefs”.CULTURAL TOURISM • Culture. their art. value systems. • Cultural tourism is the subset of tourism concerned with a country or region's culture. and other elements that helped shape their way of life. architecture. business and other purposes not related to the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited. but also modes of life.

heritage. and culture. • The government of India has set up the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to boost cultural tourism in India. The ministry in recent years has launched the ‘Incredible India!’ campaign and this has led to the growth of culture tourism in India.CULTURAL TOURISM IN INDIA • Culture Tourism has a special place in India because of its past civilization as India has been considered the land of ancient history. • Historical and archaeological monuments continue to be the biggest draw in attracting international tourists. • The most popular states in India for cultural destination are:  • Kerala • Rajasthan  • Tamil Nadu  • Uttar Pradesh  • Uttaranchal  . This fact has been confirmed by a survey undertaken by the pacific area travel association (PATA).

Ghumura Dance. Some popular festivals are Diwali. Bakr-Id. Thai Pongal. Holi. Ugadi. From the ancient classical or temple dance to folk and modern styles. . Sambalpuri. There are hundreds of Indian folk dances such as Bhangra. popular. Classical music largely encompasses the two genres – North Indian Hindustani. Durga Puja. Bihu. • FESTIVALS: Many festivals are religious in origin. • MUSIC: The music of India includes multiple varieties of folk. although several are celebrated irrespective of caste and creed. Indian music covers a wide range of traditions and regional styles. Christmas. Chhau and Garba and special dances observed in regional festivals.CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS IN INDIA • HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY: Our historical and archaeological monuments continue to be the biggest draw in attracting international tourists. pop. Ganesh Chaturthi. Eid ul-Fitr. Buddha Jayanti. South Indian Carnatic traditions and their various forms of regional folk music. Vijayadashami. • DANCE: Dance in India covers a wide range of dance and dance theatre forms. Moharram and Vaisakhi. Onam. classical music and R&B.

Sattva. which would help to keep his mind in balance. Sikhism etc. Rajas stands for passion. political and cultural developments. and Tamas. •. Colonial period (1757–1947) 4.Muslim. 1. he would prefer a Satvic food or known as Sattvic diet. CLOTHING: Traditional clothing in India greatly varies across different parts of the country and is influenced immensely by local culture. Food is consumed according to the lifestyle of the person. Ancient period (3500 BCE-1200 CE) 2. Independence and the postcolonial period (Post-1947) •. geography and climate. and Thamas stands for indulgence.• ART AND CRAFT : Indian art and craft can be classified into specific periods each reflecting particular religious. Hindu. Christianity. Islamic ascendancy  (1192-1757) 3. Popular styles of dress include draped garments such as sari for women and dhoti or lungi for men. Satva which stand for balance. For example:When a person tries to lead his life in want of self realisaiton. PILGRIMAGE: India is a place of diverse pilgrimage centers directed towards various religions such as Buddhism . Rajas. CUISINES: The cuisine in India is classified into three major categories. in addition. •. stitched clothes such as churidar for women and kurtapyjama .

SUGGESTIONS • AS THE TOURISM INDUSTRY IN GROWING. the religious heritage..INDIA SHOULD FOCUS MORE AND MORE ON THE PROMOTION SUSTAINABLE TOURISM.CONCLUSION • For all foreign tourists. music and dance and those help in formulation its scope. the natural heritage. • Tourism industry in India is growing and it has vast potential for generating employment and earning large amount of foreign exchange besides giving a fillip to the country’s overall economic and social development. • Many of our old monuments are like our lost primary resources. traditional arts and crafts. . any visit to India is a form of cultural tourism. There are however those with more explicit interests in the monumental heritage. These can be restored to revive our rich art and culture to become sites of tourist attractions.