History of India's Tourism

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HISTORY OF INDIA’S TOURISM
INTRODUCTION
It’s 65 years since independence, and in its wake Indian tourism industry has traversed a rocky road – much like the subcontinent itself. High Life surveys six colourful decades… Flashing with heat and drowned by monsoons, with its rainbow of saris and the fast-changing blues of its overarching skies India, to the chilly British mind, has long defined the exotic… ´Characteristics grow more vivid beneath the Indian sky,’ From text pg. 206

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pilgrimage sites in India
In religion and spirituality, a pilgrimage is a long journey or search of great moral significance. Sometimes, it is a journey to a sacred place or shrine of importance to a naat faith. Members of every major religion participate in pilgrimages. A person who makes such a journey is called a pilgrim. From text pg. 206

| Mata Vaishno Devi|
 | The journey to the Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is an enchanting journey of the places where Mata Vaishnavi had spent some time while observing various spiritual disciplines & penances. The culmination of this journey is at the Holy Cave where She merged Her Human form with the astral form of Her creators, the three Supreme Energies. The Golden Temple 

The Golden Temple The best time to visit the Golden Temple is the early morning when it gleams, pale and ethereal, in the dawn. This is also the time when its reflection in the Amrit Sarovar - the Pool of Immortality - is untrammelled by the splash of bathers' feet. The Golden Temple (Swarna Mandir) was originally called Hari Mandir (Temple of God) and is now also known as Darbar Sahib (Divine Court). It is the epicentre of one of the great faiths of India. All are welcome here for this is a truly syncretist faith whose holiest book is a collection of hymns by enlightened men of different religions. Palitana| |

Commanding a special place on the Gujarat travelers' map, Palitana is a `must visit' destination for the Jains and all those who would like to witness what the subtle combination of human enterprise, architectural skills, philanthropy and channelised religious fervour can achieve. The entire summit of majestic mount Shatrunjaya is crowned with about 900 temples, each rivaling the other for beauty and magnificence, presenting an awe-inspiring spectacle to devotees and visitors.|

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Goa Churches| |

Goa on India's west coast was once a Portuguese enclave. The legacy of Christianity and of the Gothic architectural style popular in Portugal during previous centuries, can still be seen in the churches of Goa today. Many of the significant churches can be seen in Old Goa and in Panaji, the capital of Goa.| Char Dham (The Four Corners of India Pilgrimage sites): The four holy sites Puri, Rameswaram, Dwarka, and Badrinath (or alternatively theHimalayan towns of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri) compose the Char Dham (four abodes) pilgrimage circuit. Kumbh Mela: The Kumbh Mela (the "pitcher festival") is one of the holiest of Hindu pilgrimages that is held every four years; the location is rotated among Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik, and Ujjain. Old Holy cities as per Puranic Texts: Varanasi formerly known as Kashi, Allahabad formerly known as Prayag, Haridwar-Rishikesh, Mathura-Vrindavan, and Ayodhya. Major Temple cities: Puri, which hosts a major Vaishnava Jagannath temple and Rath Yatra celebration; Katra, home to the Vaishno Devi temple; Three comparatively recent temples of fame and huge pilgrimage are Shirdi, home to Sai Baba of Shirdi, Tirumala - Tirupati, home to the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple; and Sabarimala,where Swami Ayyappan is worshipped. Shakti Peethas:, where the Mother Goddess is worshipped, the two principal ones being Kalighat and Kamakhya. Fairs And Festivals of India

Colorful and lively, the fairs and festivals of India are major attractions of the country. Reflecting the vibrant culture of the country,...
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