India is globally known and acclaimed for its incredible ancient culture. Indian culture is steeped into tolerant Hindu religion enriched with Vedas, Upanishads, Aranyakas, Puranas, Smritis, Srimad Bhagwat Gita, Ramayana and Mahabharata. Yoga, Ayurveda, several sects, many gods, centuries old rituals and traditions, thousands of years old festivals etc. make culture of India colourful, vibrant and relevant. Such an exotic and incredible culture has given birth to culture tourism in India.
In India, the past and the present are forever colliding with an interesting effect. Most European and American visitors will be astounded by our limitless wealth of heritage and culture- temples thousands of years old, an unbroken civilization which has evolved for millennia. Here, recorded history goes back 5000 years.Most striking is the architectural heritage, ranging from the grandeur of Mughal monuments to the towering temples of South India.
As elsewhere in the world, ancient Indian art revolves around religious themes and nature. Buddhist murals at Ajanta, sculptures in temple court yards, miniatures and folk paintings detailing events from the great epics- there is much to savour.
India's culture is formed of a rich tapestry of elements, owing much to its ancient origins, foreign influences and regional diversity. Classical Indian music and dance are highly evolved forms of expression. There are vibrant folk traditions too, earthier and more popular. The mainstay of popular culture today is Bollywood cinema (based out of Mumbai) with its typically formulaic productions. The grip this movie industry has on its audience is unbelievable.