What is Unique About India?

What is Unique About India?

India is a mystery to some and a country of snake charmers for some. But what really makes India Unique?

India is rich in culture. India’s religions, languages, music, dance, architecture & food differ from region to region. This rich amalgamation of culture is influenced by a history which is several years old. The diverse culture of India especially it’s cuisine, philosophy and religion has a strong impact worldwide.

A birthplace of religious harmony in various forms: India gave birth to religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Most of its diversity came because of the influence of various religions. These religions played a vital role in shaping Indian Art, music, philosophy, architecture and literature. Later Islam helped in creating more diversity during the medieval periods. One of the world’s most religiously diverse nations is India with some deeply religious cultures and societies. It defines life of many people of the country. People of other religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrianism and tribal religion Sarnaism live in harmony with each other in India.

Festivals and Color in every attraction: Because of its diversity, the country has lots of monuments, temples, mosques etc. adding to its beauty.  Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world was constructed by the Mughals.

India remains in a festive mood throughout the year because of the innumerous festivals it celebrates. Popular festivals include Durga Puja, Ganesh ChaturthiShivratri, Ugadi, Ratha-Yatra, Rakshabandhan, Dussera, Id-ul-Fitr. India also celebrates harvest festivals such as Pongal, Sankranthi, Nuakhai etc. The unique, colorful style of these festivals attract tourist from all over the world.

Indian Education, Science & Literature shaped across centuries: Indian philosophy was mainly formalized around 1000 BCE. Upanishads, which were composed during the later Vedic period are one of the world’s oldest compositions in the world. Later, many great persons such as Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Dayananda Saraswati gave a contemporary meaning to it.

Indian science, literature and art age back to hundreds of years. India has given birth to several talented scientists, artists, musicians, writers, poets and musicians. This is the reason Indian literature, art and science is such widely spread and studied across the world.

Hot & Spicy albeit universally favorite Indian Food: India’s diversity of food and cuisine is well known worldwide. Foods generally include a great variety of spicy dishes, sweets, drinks and desserts. Its cuisine is generally divided into five parts namely Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western and North-Eastern. Indian curry also known as “Pan-Asian” dish is a very popular dish around the world.

India’s beauty in her attire: Clothing in India varies from region to region and is influenced by geography, climate and local culture. Sari, dhoti, salwar-kameez, dupatta is some of the popular wear of the country. These clothes generally come in various colors and designs. But nowadays many of the young people of India prefer wearing western clothes such as jeans, t-shirts etc. A recent boom in the growth of fashion industries, school, stylists is playing a vital role in creation of unique and gorgeous Indo-Western wears.

Climatic conditions of India is also diverse. India experiences Rainy season from June to September, post monsoon period from October to December, winter season from January to February and Summer from March to May. India’s uniqueness lies in the extraordinary variety of climatic conditions. Climatic conditions range from temperate & alpine in the north, arid in the west, snowfall in some elevated regions and humid & tropical in the South.

The Thar desert and the Himalayas play a vital role defining the country’s climatic conditions. In the northern part of the country we can find the famous Himalayas and in the southern part there is Indian Ocean. The Arabian sea and the Bay of Bengal lies in the western and eastern part of the country respectively. Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain partly lies in India. India is a complete country having mountains, deserts, plains, plateaus, oceans, seas and rivers.

India has some of the famous forests namely the Abujhmarh in Chhattisgarh, Annekal Reserved Forest in Western Ghats, Baikunthapur Forest in Dooars, West Bengal, Bhavnagar Amreli Forest in  Gir National Park, Gujarat, Bhitarkanika Mangroves in Odisha, Dvaita Forest in  South of the Kamyaka Forest, Jakanari reserve forest in Coimbatore, Kukrail Reserve Forest in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Molai forest in  Jorhat district, Assam, Mulai Kathoni in  Brahmaputra River, Nallamala Hills in Eastern Ghats, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Nanmangalam Reserve Forest, Saranda forest and Vandalur Reserve Forest. Pichavaram Mangrove Forest is the second largest Mangrove forest in the world. India falls amongst the world’s ten most forest-rich countries.

Many animals such as tigers, Elephants, Cheetah, bear, Monkeys, langurs, leopards, rhinoceros etc. can be found in India. The Royal Bengal tiger, one of the most famous species of tigers can found in India. This country considers tiger as their national animal and peacock as their national bird.

The rich culture, population, beautiful landscapes, seas, oceans, mountains, literature, music, art and mainly people make this country of mine so popular and attractive.

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