Unity in Diversity

It's no coincidence that four of the world's most important religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism) were born in India. Neither is it a coincidence that Islam found its huge number of followers here, and that Christianity reached as early as 52 AD. Driven out from everywhere else in the world, Parsis were welcomed into the Indian mainstream. Thousands of tribes live in India without any identity crisis whatsoever.

It is this multitude of views which has given India its resilient and tolerant character. Sample any town or village, and you will find a close-knit society of different castes, religions, financial status, ideals and principles. Beliefs maybe strong and rigid in concepts, but flexible in practice. While such a harmonious coexistence may well be unthinkable in most countries, it's not so in the land of Ahimsa (non-violence), and its chief propagators - Gautam Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi. For Indians this kind of diversity is neither a shortcoming nor something alien. It adds color, joy and vivacity to their lives and makes them understand the right of every living being to live and coexist - well exemplified in a popular Sanskrit phrase - Vasudhaiv Kutumbhakam (The world is everyone's home).

Vasudhaiv Kutumbhakam(Земля- дом каждого)

Contrasting Realities

The first impression that you will probably get of Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is that of an over-crowded and over-sized city. A complete turn-off. But stay a few more days and the city's character, resonating with the energy and enthusiasm of its populace, will unfold. A city where dreams come true. Where slums coexist with the costliest real estate in the world. Where individual identities merge with the city's distinct identity. Where man survives for himself, but at the same time respects the right of others to thrive. Where the sea of humanity is keen to outdo the Arabian Sea

Himalya

If there were no Himalayas, there could be no India that we know. India owes not only its geographical entity but also its complete distinct cultural identity to the Himalayas. Since time immortal the fables and mysteries about the land at the other side (South) of the mighty range attracted scores of explorers and invaders. The land that is fed by beautiful rivers, has salubrious (warm) climate all through the year and has people living peacefully with each other. All this could not be possible had there been no Himalayas that acted as the great climatic factor, barrier and protector.

For Indians the mighty Himalayas has always remained as the source of inspiration. It is always used in superlatives for height, strength, might and courage. For Hindus it is the land of Gods, its peaks reaching divine heights where only Gods are said to live. For centuries the pilgrims have been trekking to temples located on high altitudes and to the sources of holy rivers. Saints prefer to meditate here due to its divine serenity. For Buddhist monks, Himalayas are the abode for building beautiful monasteries. During the colonial era, cool climes of Himalayas were the only respite for the British from the heat of Indian plains. They developed some very lovely hill retreats and sanitariums which are now paradise to holidaying travelers.