Tribal Destinations of India
India is a land of diverse religion and culture. A wide variety of tribal people inhabit a major part of the country. A lot of foreign tourists like to explore the land and customs of the tribal people, by taking a tribal Tour of India. The famous tribes of India like Santhal, Munda, Nagas still preserve the identity of their tribes. The states of Nagaland, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan are mainly home to these tribes of India. The tribes have an authentic touch to their cuisine and their way of living is still inherently dependant on nature.
Nagaland is the home of the Naga tribe of India. Nagas comprise a huge portion of the population of the north-eastern part of India. Apart from Nagaland, they also inhabit Manipur and Assam. The famous Hornbill Festival is a popular tourist attraction in Nagaland. This Festival showcases the culture of the Nagas. The name of the Festival is given from the Hornbill bird which is a part of the folklore of the tribe. The main attraction of the Festival is the traditional Naga Morung exhibition. A lot of other activities also take place and the people entertain themselves to the fullest.
Orissa is another place inhabiting a lot of tribal people. Apart from the Oriyas, there are other tribes as well. Most of them belong to the Hindu religion. Orissa has a lot of tourist places. The whole landscape of the state is covered with a lot of temples. Among them, the Sun temple at Konark and the Jagannath Temple at Puri are the most popular. These temples have been there from pre-historic times. The Jains and Buddhists regard the state of Orissa as a pilgrimage place. There are a couple of National Parks in the state – BhitarKaanika and Simlipal. Sea beaches are very popular tourist places in the state. The beaches at Puri, Gopalpur, and Chandipur are picturesque.
Chhattisgarh is a tribal state, having a majority of the population as tribes. A large number of Gonds, Oraons, and Baigas inhabit the state. The people of the state still practice a lot of tribal customs like witchcraft which are banned in other states of the country. The Adivasis of the state still maintain the traditional rituals of their tribes. The dresses and food habits of the people vary from one tribe to another. The tribal dance of Suwa is also famous as the Parrot dance. It is a form of dance-related to worship.
Maharashtra has a lot of tribal history. The state has a lot of caves from the ancient age. The cuisine of the state varies from one region to another. One of the famous dishes of the state is the Kolhapuri mutton. The women of the state like to wear traditional costumes. The Hindus in the state celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi festival with huge pomp and show. There are several dialects being spoken in the state depending on the tribes.
Rajasthan was formed with the congregation of a lot of princely states. The state is inhabited by the Jats, Meenas, Rajputs, Gurjars among others. The tourism industry of the state is very booming with the Thar Desert being the main attraction.
Thus the Tribal Tour of India is more enriched by the diversity of culture among the famous tribes of India.