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Landmarks

  • Taj Mahal is house to tumb


The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife of three, Mumtaz Mahal.

  • This is the Golden Temple.

The Harmandir Sahib, also Darbar Sahib and informally referred to as the "Golden Temple" is the holiest Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. There are four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib, which symbolise the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions.

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Foods - Cuisine

When to go??

Weather

February middle - July : Most Hot Summer (*especially May)

August - November : Monsoon (Heavy Rainy Day)

December - January : Little bit cold weather.

Festivals of India During One Year

There are lots of festivals in India, because there are lots of gods.


Holi, Dussehra, Diwali ; those three festivals are the most biggest festival which whole Indian people celebrate.

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Holi

  • March 15th

Every March, every Hindu enjoy this spring festival.

People dance at the temple with spreading variety colors of paints and flour mixed water.

They are celebrating that they passed winter and welcoming spring.

Dussehra

  • October (Hindu's 7th month 'Ashubina's 10th day)

They celebrate that Goodness won the Evil.
There is nothing special like Holi.

Diwali

  • November 10th.

Some people call this festival "Light Festival"

They are celebrating that the goddess 'Locksimi' who gives wealth.

They clean their house and lighting their house most brightly.

Cultural Taboos/ Gestures

Taboos

  • No PDA.

Lewd behavior and even simple P.D.A. are highly frowned upon.

  • Don’t touch with your shoes.

Avoid touching people or moving/ passing objects with your shoes.

  • Don’t Wink or Whistle.

Winking and Whistling should be avoided.

  • Don’t touch ear.

Since ears are considered sacred, pulling or boxing ones ears is a grave insult.

Gestures

  • Take off your shoes

It is common to remove one’s shoes at places of worship, when visiting people’s homes, and even in certain shops and businesses.

  • When they call someone.

People beckon one another by extending an arm and making a scratching motion with their fingers, palm facing down.

  • Different Meaning of moving head.

The head wobble, which is very common throughout the country can mean “Yes” and not “no”.

  • Use only right hand to eat.

One usually always eats with the right hand as the left hand is considered unclean.