Culture has been said to have no boundaries and this fact can be distinctly seen in the countries of South Asia. Each of the countries in this region possesses a unique cultural heritage and follows a typical way of living yet if one looks at them from close quarters one can see the cultural similarities in spite of their apparent diversity. This is especially true with regard to the countries of India and Nepal who display common traits in their culture and tradition. A tour to India and Nepal makes this fact very clear.
Nepal and India share a close bond with each other as far as culture and tradition goes with great personalities from each country enriching not only the other but the entire world. Lord Rama, the ruler of Ayodhya married Sita, the daughter of King Janak who was based in Nepal. Lord Buddha who was born in Nepal gained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya in India and from there; he spread Buddhism all over the world. The place has become a site of tourist attraction today and is being included as a ‘must-visit-point’ in several tours of North India. Lot of saints and philosophers from both the countries have been responsible for enriching and evolving what is known as the South Asian cultural heritage.
Religion has been the driving force interlinking the cultural ties between the two countries and this is apparent from the increasing number of Nepalese undertaking a tour to India to visit pilgrimage centers. Haridwar, Varanasi, Gaya, Rishikesh are just a few to name in India while Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha; Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Ram-Janaki temple in Janakpurare the favorite places to be visited in Nepal. The Char-dham yatra, which includes visit to the four dhams, namely Kedarnath/Badrinath in Uttarkhand, Dwarka in Gujarat, Rameshwaram in Tamilnadu and Jagannathpuri in Orissa is considered a must visit itinerary of any holiday in India. One of the main reasons for the existence of close cultural ties is the worship of common deities and gods and sharing common philosophies and faiths.
Both the countries are endowed with a rich heritage of dance and music and the increasing give and take of these art forms have enabled us to be aware of the commonalities between the two of them. Every art form in both the countries has been greatly influenced by the then prevailing culture and tradition and the intermingling of artistes representing various creative outlets has influenced the paintings, carvings, sculptor, architecture in each of these countries.
Another point of similarity between the two countries which is easily noticeable if you ever have had your holidays in India and Nepal is the language factor. There are certain common languages spoken in both the countries such as Hindi, Bhojpuri, Maithili and this brings about an additional closeness as you tour the country of Nepal. Music and cinema also forms a part of the common culture between the two countries. Hindi cinema and music is highly popular in Nepal and so are the movies of Nepalese origin which are avidly watched in the North-eastern and Northern regions of India. Nepal and India tour packages bring to light the close cultural relationship that exists between the two countries and this shall only be strengthened in the years to come.
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- India and Nepal Tour Shows Some Common Culture and Tradition - March 14, 2018