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India boasts one of the oldest and most diverse cultures in the world and today has one of the world’s largest collections of songs, music, dance, theatre, folk traditions, performing arts, paintings, rites and rituals (National Portal of India, 2014). Religion plays an important role in influencing Indian culture and the majority of people in India follow Hinduism (BBC, 2014).
Nepal is often referred to as “A yam stuck between two rocks” as it is situated between the two Asian giants India and China (About.com Education, 2015). Due to the number of ethnic groups in Nepal, religious tolerance and harmony are found here. It is renowned as the only Hindu Kingdom in the world, as 80% of the people are Hindu. Buddhism in Nepal, however, dates back to the sixth century BC, as archaeologists have recently discovered a new shrine at Buddah’s birthplace in Lumbini, Nepal (UNESCO, 2013). Most people will welcome you with
when walking past, which translates to ‘I salute the divine in you’ (Nepal Link, 2015).
Due to its location in the Indian Ocean trading route, the Maldives’ culture has become a melting pot of cultures of those who have visited and set foot in the islands (Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation, n.d.). These cultures include India, Sri Lanka, Arabia, Persia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Africa, and are reflected in the customs and culture of Maldivian society today (Maldivian, 2015). Islam is the only religion practiced by locals, and it is against the law the practice any other religion (United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, 2012).
Having just watched this presentation on three remote and exotic places, you now have a greater appreciation of their diverse cultures, climate, unique attractions and extraordinary food. You can personalise your holiday to suit your own interests, whether it’s relaxing on a tranquil beach in the Maldives, eating your way through India’s culinary delights or trekking past prayer flags in Nepal. We hope this glimpse into three wonderful and exotic holiday destinations is enough to entice your sense of adventure and take the next step by visiting them yourself.
Exotic Holiday Destinations
Welcome to Group 1’s presentation on
Exotic Holiday Destinations
This presentation was completed by Emily Clear, Lana Corby and Lorant Corba who are all avid travel enthusiasts.
Hindu Marriage Ceremony Offering
India will take you on “one of the wildest culinary trips of your travelling life” (Lonely Planet, 2015). Dishes vary from region to region, each with their own traditional cooking styles and presentation techniques. The food is rich with curries and spices, including ginger, coriander, cardamom, turmeric, dried hot peppers, and cinnamon, among others (Zimmermann, 2013).
India offers a diverse range of attractions, from snowy mountains in the north to tropical beaches in the south and many historical buildings and sights in between. According to Trip Advisor (2015), the most popular destination in India is New Delhi, which is the country’s capital and is in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, one of the eight Wonders of the World.
Spices in an Indian market
Top 5 Destinations in India
India has a wide variety of climatic conditions, which range from permanent snowfields to tropical coastlands. India has three main seasons a year – hot and humid from March - May, monsoonal from June - October and cooler and dry between November - February. According to Gill Charlton (2012), the most pleasant time to visit most of the country is during the cooler period between late October and mid-March.
Sunset at Varkala Beach - Kerala India
by group one
Nepalese people believe food and eating are divine and should be done in a joyous manner.
They normally have two large meals with snacks in between. The staple diet is Dal Bhat which is a combination of lentils, curries vegetable and rice. The majority of Nepalese meals are vegetarian, as meat is considered a luxury (Himalayan Footsteps, 2011).
Traditional Nepalese Cuisine
Within Nepal’s 140,800 square kilometers are eight of the world's highest mountains. Trekking is becoming more and more popular in Nepal, especially since the first successful ascent of Mount Everest 60 years ago (Douglas, 2013). Many trekkers stay in tea houses, almost all of which are family run ventures and allow trekkers to immerse themselves in the deep culture (Explore Worldwide, 2012).
(Red Bull, 2013)
World's Highest BASE Jump - Flying from Mt. Everest
The Himalayas act as a barrier to the cold winter winds blowing from Central Asia. Nepal has five climatic zones which are based on altitude, and range from tropical to arctic (Nepal Mountain News, 2014). Nepal has five major seasons: Spring, Summer, Monsoon, Autumn and Winter (Nepal Tourism Board, 2015).
Annapurna Mountain Range
The Grand Mosque of Male
The base elements to Maldivian Food are seafood, rice and tuberous vegetables such as taro and sweet potato (My Maldives, 2015). Curry is a dish that is widely available and has been influenced by Arabic, Sri Lankan, Indian and Oriental flavours to create its own culinary identity (My Maldives, 2015). Alcohol and Pork products are prohibited by religion and law but are available on resort islands (World Travel Guide, 2015).
A typical Maldivian meal
The main attractions in the Maldives are resort based, including snorkelling and diving, spa treatments, sailing and other water sports (British Airways, n.d.). However, for travellers looking for a more cultural experience, on the main island of Male you can explore the National Museum of Maldives, as well as the Old Friday Mosque, or the historical residence Utheemu Ganduvaru on the uninhabited island of Utheema (TheRichest, 2013).
(Word Travels, 2009)
The Maldives boast a warm, tropical climate year round, with the monthly average ranging between 28° to 30°C. Dry season is usually from January to March or April, and wet from May to November (Trip Advisor, 2015). Diving conditions are generally good all year round but do vary from the eastern side and western side of atolls (Lonely Planet, 2015).
Sunset in the Maldives
Through discussion and research into Metzger’s checklist approach (Metzger, 2007), we as a team generated a list of questions we determined appropriate to assess the credibility of information we found on the web, and ensure we were looking at high quality resources. Whilst all items on Metzger’s checklist are current, we decided to focus on 5 key points; currency of information, the author or organisation, the purpose the information serves, if the information is backed up or validated by other sources, and if it has recommendations or an official stamp of approval.
We evaluated our sources using these individual points but were also mindful to look at the resources as a bigger picture combined with all other points. We made sure that all topical websites were recent, and validated our information with other sources to check this. We favoured websites by non-biased tourism boards or tourism-based websites, as well as government sites, and we disregarded sites that were advertising their own businesses or hotels as this wasn’t the purpose we wanted the websites to serve.
Based on the critical approach we have taken to select our resources, we are confident that we are presenting credible information which is of the highest standard.
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Drawing from our own desires to travel to less known destinations and detour from the beaten path, we will take you on an exciting journey to some of the more remote and exotic places on Earth.
You will experience the culture, food, attractions and climate of each of these destinations and gain a glimpse of what you could expect when you visit in real life.
So once again....
Are you ready for the journey of a lifetime?