THERE IS NO ONE INDIA. THERE ARE MANY INDIAS.
There is an India that is a mélange of various ethnic groups, cuisines, folk art and religious festivals. There is an India that is a subcontinent of over a billion people, bound together by the world’s largest democracy. There is the India where geographical diversity allows for sun-kissed beaches, arid mountains, tranquil backwaters, deserts and lush jungles. There is an India of the present where silicon valleys, high-rises and economic development are making the world sit up and take notice. There is an India of the past whose royalty has stamped the world with its hedonistic appreciation of all things fine and whose history is as ancient as civilization itself.
There is an India of the haves and the have-nots. And, there is an India where everyone is equal in the world of mysticism, yoga, karma, epics, Upanishads, mythology and many of the world’s greatest religions. India’s beauty, though, lies in the fact that all of this exists together at the same time and place.
It is not uncommon to see an elephant mahout in Mumbai’s cosmopolitan surrounding. Or to see a café dedicated to the Beatles in Varanasi, one of the holiest and oldest cities of the world. And it is this fusion, this beautiful combination of chaos and calm, that defines your incredible experience in an otherwise indefinable place.