India

A unique land of ancient and humbling human history, definitive flavourful food and dramatic changes in landscape.

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India is the most engaging, colourful, chaotic, spiritual and life-affirming country in the world. A favourite of the English and Dutch during the Silk Road days of the Spice Trade, it is one of the most enigmatic places on this planet. It is an assault on the senses – all of them, nearly all of the time.

Scenic heritage sites where human life adapts to nature, something that is long forgotten in western ways of life. Often a Mecca in the spiritual world, Indian culture feels like a world away. With the ever curious local staring a bit too much and hanging around for a little too long, as intimidating as this might seem, a childlike curiosity remains with a majority of its citizens. Even in hospitality, 'The guest is equivalent to God' is taken from an ancient Hindu scripture which became part of the "code of conduct" for Hindu society. Atithi Devo Bhava prescribes a dynamic of the host-guest relationship.

From postcard-perfect beaches with palm trees hanging over the waterfront of a milky turquoise ocean and colourful wooden fishing boats to lush rainforests with countless waterfalls and tea plantations, India is a place of undoubted beauty.

Sensorial Experience

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The colours of India completely reflect its culture, festivals reflect its storytelling and the temples reflect the countries 3000-year journey of enlightenment. Even the most rigid of human beings will be taken back by the intensity of costumes, colour, spices, views and packed temples. Indian architecture is certainly one of the most underrated in the world, with intricate other worldly details.

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Some of the oldest music ever composed was in Sanskrit in southern Asia, this developed into more folklore as Europeans visited. The distinct bells of temples and the rings of ancient traditional instruments was a sacred things, and to know these instruments also became of spiritual significance to the region with children learning one of many.

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There will be times in India where you wish you didn't have a sense of smell. New Delhi is the highest concentration of people in a 1 mile square than anywhere else on Earth. Saying this, incense fills the streets along with food, spices and flower markets.

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India has bursts of flavour that are unseen the world over, it was the food that attracted the likes of Europe, wanting to bring over valuable spices. Even now in the UK the national dish of chicken tikka masala is certainly from the India centric involvement from the UK. Savory and Sweet galore run the day to day joy of Indian lifestyle.

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The feeling India brings to people is that of a place which brings your deeper understanding of the human condition. A developing country with severe growing pains, yet a bright outlook, with festivities celebrating the everyday things in life like light, love and friendship.

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