Senior Travel to India–Part 1

Sep 27th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Namaste! (Greetings)! A trip to India is exceptional for seniors, as this wonderland has always been a prime travel destination for those who are charmed by exotic beaches of south India, the mesmerizing backwaters, the spell-binding remains of the ancient civilization in the north, the lofty mountain ranges, lush greenery, the tropical rain forests. It is said… “If you have travelled the world then you have seen half the world, and if you have visited only the Indian subcontinent, you have seen the whole world.”

India is a diverse country filled with a long history, amazing monuments, a variety of languages, and a rich cultural heritage. A super overview of India can be found at Wikipedia. India is set apart from the rest of Asia by the Himalayas, the highest, youngest and still evolving mountain chain on the planet. The subcontinent as it is rightly called, touches three large water bodies and is immediately recognizable on any world map. This thick, roughly triangular peninsula defines the Bay of Bengal to the east, the Arabian sea to the west, and the India Ocean to the south.

Here is the Original Website of the Ministry of Tourism. I am a “mapaholic” and I invite you to check out this one. It is one super site with a physical map, outline map, history map and more.

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India’s name is derived from the “Indus” River whose valleys were first settled five thousand years ago. Successive waves of migration and invaders from distant lands have all contributed to the fantastic culture that continues to amaze its first-time visitors and to exert a pull long after they have gone home. Reminders of India’s multi-faceted cultural heritage are everywhere; the glorious past is still alive in the present. You see it in the distinctive regional costumes and cuisine, in the monuments, forts, palaces, temples, mosques and stupas scattered all over the sub-continent.

India holds virtually every kind of landscape imaginable. An abundance of mountain ranges and national parks provide ample opportunity for eco-tourism and trekking, and its sheer size promises something for everyone. India is a vibrant, crowded country pulsating with energy and bursting with life. Whether climbing in Sikkim, strolling amid Himalayan hills and valleys strewn with wildflowers, traversing the deserts of Rajasthan, or relaxing on long sandy beaches in Kerala, with nary a soul in sight, India will not fail to amaze you. India is all this and much more. Once you go, you’ll realize that there are so many more adventures to pursue.

Himalayas, the world’s highest mountain chain and Nepal as its neighboring country dominate India’s northern border. Following the sweeping mountains to the northeast, its borders narrow to a small channel that passes between Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, and Bhutan, then spreads out again to meet Burma in the “eastern triangle.” Apart from the Arabian Sea, its western border is defined exclusively by Pakistan.

Delhi is the capital city of the Federal Republic of India. It is one of India’s fastest growing cities. It has sprawled over the West Bank of the river Yamuna, straddling the river. The city has two distinct parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi. Delhi is the second most widely used entry point into the country, being on the route of most major airlines. It is well linked by rail, air and road to all parts of the country. The remains of seven distinctive capital cities – among them Shahjahanabad and Qutub Minar – can be seen. Here, museums, art galleries and cultural centers attract the finest exhibitions.

The State Tourism Website takes you to 35 of the principal areas to visit. You will want to jot down some of these places to visit.

Indians believe in sharing happiness and sorrow. A festival or a celebration is never constrained to a family or a home. The whole community or neighborhood is involved in bringing liveliness to an occasion. India is a land of a variety of linguistic communities, each of which share a common language and culture. Though there could be fifteen principal languages there are hundreds of thousands of dialects that add to the vividness of the country. Eighteen languages are officially recognized in India of which Sanskrit and Tamil share a long history of more than 5,000 and 3,000 years respectively. The population of people speaking each language varies drastically. For example Hindi has 250 million speakers. Just remember that they speak English there as well, and that is good to know. 

Tour possibilities might include one of the following for you. These are some of the “biggies” for you to check out:

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