Topic: Culture and History

Top Ten Myths about India That You Should Unlearn 0

In every subject, myths always increase the fear of unknown and are always counterproductive. This article talks about the myths related to tourism in India. These myths have stopped millions of people from visiting India. Today, by the end of this article, you would be unlearning a lot of myths.

India Is Unsafe

Like every other country in the world, there are certain cities and places in India where crime rate is very high and it is not safe to travel alone in those places. If you stick with busy areas and important tourist attractions, you would always be around people and you would obviously be in safe zone. Moreover, your belongings are your responsibility.

India Is Hot

India has a tropical climate. India is not completely hot. There are places where it snows. The Northern part of India has very cold winters will lead to snow. Certain parts of the country have very hot climate which might lead to dehydration too. At any given month, each part of the country would be experiencing different climatic conditions. Thus, it is not always hot or rainy or cold in India. It depends on the place you are about to pick.

Indian Cuisine Is Very Spicy

Indian cuisine is a collection of more than 25 different cuisines. Each state has its own list of delicacies, sweets and other flavours. It is true that Indians eat spicy food. This does not mean the cuisine itself is very spicy. North Andhra Pradesh cuisine, West Bengal cuisine and Gujarati cuisines have more sweet and sour food items than spicy items.

India Is The Land Of Elephant And Snake Charmers

It is a stereotypical and bit racist. India is one of the few places where you can find a lot of elephants. This does not mean everyone in the country would be riding an elephant. There are elephant camps in various places like Kerala, Karnataka and others where you can watch them take bath, feed them, enjoy playing with cubs and even ride them. You can find them in temples, national parks and zoos. You would find many snake charmers in Rajasthan, Mumbai, Delhi and other parts of the country. It is a very common street entertainment in those places. But, this does not mean you can find them in every street in the country.

India Is Very Over-Populated

Indian population has crossed 1.2 billion long ago. But, it is not jet packed or crowded. There are places where you can find serenity and loneliness for some family time. During festivals, events and other celebrations, you can find large crowds and it would be very crowded in tourist destinations during peak tourism season. In the same tone, do not get confused with the pictures that you see in FaceBook about trains in Mumbai. Trains in Mumbai might be crowded during the peak time. You can have very relaxing train journey in Mumbai if you skip the morning and evening peak times.

Indians Are Vegetarians

Certain groups of people in India prefer vegetarian food. This does not mean that everyone in India is a vegetarian. Eating certain meat is restricted by religion. But, there is a right in this country to eat anything you want. You can find a lot of non-vegetarian hotels and many dishes including sea food, lamb, chicken, pork, beef and other local animals.

All Indians Are Yoga Specialists

There are a lot of Indians who do not know to perform yoga and many Indian do not like them too. It is a land of yoga. There are a lot of yoga centres where you can learn and practice it from specialists. Top yoga tourism places in India are Rishikesh, Pondicherry, Dharamsala and others. Moreover, yoga has nothing to do with any particular religion. A person from any religion can practice yoga. It is a form of meditation and exercise.

India Is Dirty

Just like every other country; there are a lot of slum areas where sanitation is a big question. India has grown a lot in terms of sanitation. The entire country is not unclean just like other famous tourist areas like Egypt, America, Mexico and others. Pollution laws in the country are bit flexible. This does not mean that you can pollute the country as you wish or the country would be sickly dirty.

Communication Is A Problem In India

A lot of Indians know English. Even if their accent is quite not like Americans or British, you can understand them. There are a lot of people who speak Russian, French and other languages. You can find guides in almost all common languages. While speaking to common people, stick with English.

India Is A Cheap Destination

India is a cheap medical tourism place. This does not mean that it is a cheap destination. It is a mixture of both. Yes, there are a lot of places where you can enjoy in a shoe string budget. At the same time, there are many luxurious places too. One of the world’s costliest luxury trains is running in India. There are resorts, spa, luxury destinations and much more. On the other hand, you can stay in monasteries, camps and in budget lodging. There are travel agencies that cater the needs of both the kinds of travellers too. There are a lot of other stereotypical and racist myths about India like whole India being Hindu nation, anything can be done with bribe and others. Each Myth is pushing you away from an awesome Indian vacation. Learn about the land you are about to enter. Understand their culture, tradition and stick to the basic rules of their customs to avoid any problem. After all, India is a land of many cultures and everyone in the country would respect your culture too.

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8 Things That Make Spain Speaks About Its Culture 0

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To those people planning their visit to Spain, learn that Culture of Spain is the country that is not easy to describe.

Planning to visit Spain lately? Then may be the information through this blog will spark your imagination and you will not take time to book your ticket. Here is a useful guide for those who wanna explore the lifestyle and culture of this country of beauty.

Olive oil to learn more about the culture of Spain

Everywhere you look in Spain, you will find olives. Responsible for producing 56% of the world’s total olive oil production, Spain is also called a country of Olive. You will find olive in the complimentary dishes in bars as the main ingredient or around in the gardens.

Camino

Being a Catholic nation, Caminos are very popular in Spain. The most prominent is the Camino de Santiago, consisting of various pilgrim routes leading to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Pilgrims walk 20 Km a day and like to collect the stamps along the way for their passport. If you want to learn more about Spain and its history then this is the best place to visit.

Calat Alhambra

Spanish culture and tradition need no introduction.  Similarly, the architecture is ever growing and a mixture of two beautiful art styles- Gothic and Islamic. Alhambra, an ancient fortress is situated in Granada’s region of Andalusia. It was converted into a beautiful and yet royal palace for the king in the year 1933. So, if it is Spain you are going to, then do not miss Calat Alhambra.

Siesta

You cannot afford missing Siesta, can you? Siestas are afternoon naps and everyone in Spain loves them and you will too if you visit Spain once in your lifetime. Every afternoon between 1 to 5 pm, all the places shut down just to have lunch and siesta. The Spanish feel naps are absolutely necessary and that they promote overall health.

Futboll Match

Spain is the must visit place for those who love sports. It is not just a sport but a lifestyle for them. The rivalry between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid is a league in itself. From world cups to leagues, they have won it all. Needless to say, Spaniards are the best in football all over the globe.

Capea

One aspect of Spanish culture is bullfighting. To many people, it’s a part of their nation’s identity. Watching bullfighting is the best thing to do in Spain. It is also popular as Capea among the tourists where you can have a play with a young calf within a small ring and get it to chase them.

Paella

Thanks to the diverse regions of Spain that make it a most chaseable cuisine. Paella is one of the many cuisines of Spain coming from Valencia. It is basically a rice-based dish having beans, saffron, olives, spices, herbs, and some popular Spanish vegetables. You need not visit Valencia for it and can have it in all the restaurants around Spain.

La Tomatina

La Tomantia is the fun festival of Spain. Celebrated every year in Bunyol, this hour-long tomato fooTop 12 is played by thousands of people. You can assume how keen people are about this festival that they specially grow tomatoes for this purpose and those are the inferior quality of tomatoes not fit for consumption. There are rules you need to follow to make the game fun!

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A Glimpse into the History and Culture of Rajasthan 0

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Previously called Rajputana, Rajasthan literally translates to ‘Land of the Kings’. Over the time, this beautiful place has been ruled by various Rajput and Maratha Kings, and Muslim rulers as well. Many emperors came and went away, but what they gave to Rajasthan still remains. Thanks to their rule, Rajasthan now has numerous beautiful forts built in various architectural styles and a diverse language and culture as well. Famous for its age-old customs and traditions, Rajasthan is one of the places which truly give each traveller an insight into the beautiful history of India and its remarkable diversity. Here’s a short glimpse into the glorious and enchanting culture and history of Rajasthan:

# Folk Music and Dance

Both cultural music and dance play a significant role in the daily lives of the people of Rajasthan. The music is nothing complicated as the simplistic tunes mix up with the songs depicting day-to-day relationships, making them soaked with the local culture and lives. The two prominent groups which contribute a lot to the Rajasthani folk music include the Manganiyars and Langas. Other famous groups are Banjaras, Mirasis, Jogis, etc. Usually sung in the form of ballads, the lyrics often include stories of bravery or a romantic tale. The traditional instruments which accompany these singers include the likes of sarangi, kamayach, dhols, shenhai, and been.

Traditional dance forms such as jhumar, chang, bhopa, ghoomer, tejali, and kathipuli are well-known all around India. In these dance forms, the dancers clad colourful costumes which brilliantly portray the vibrant culture of Rajasthan. Among these dance forms, Ghoomer, which originated in Udaipur, is the most famous and also has gained international recognition and appreciation in recent years.

# Food

The Rajasthani cuisine is known for its variety, where you can enjoy both spicy as well as sweet dishes. Dal Baati, a dish comprising of dal and wheat flour kneaded with yoghurt and dressed in ghee, is best served with served with dal, rava ladoo, rice, pudina chutney, kairi (raw mango) chutney, green salad with lots of onion, and fresh buttermilk. Another famous dish, which you can find at almost all the street food stalls of Rajasthan, is called kachori. You can savour the deliciousness of kachori, available in both sweet and spicy flavours, with cold drinks during the evenings in Rajasthan. Other famous dishes include ghewar, a sweet dish originating from Mewar. As most of the people in Rajasthan are lacto-vegetarian, the cuisine of Rajasthan is a dream come true for any vegetarian food fanatic.

# Architecture

The Rajasthani architecture is as diverse as the people living in it. Be it Islamic, Hindu, colonial or modern architecture styles, Rajasthan has it all. The various exemplars include Jain Temple (Ranakpur), Umaid Bhawan Palace (Jodhpur), and the Jaisalmer Fort. A single blog proves to be a place too small to cover the grand history and culture of Rajasthan. But, with this serving as a window to the fascinating customs of the Land of the Kings, you can pack your bags and embark on a thrilling journey, exploring the rest of it yourself!

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