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Then and Now: Traveller Routes in India Explorers Dared to Find

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India has always attracted explorers, discoverers and soul searching wanderers. Is it the people? Food? Natural heritage? Or simply a sense of mystery and spirituality? From time immeorable, India has been on the bucket list of most life loving dventurous people. From religious odysseys to wild encounters, the reasons have changed and evolved over time.  

Then and Now: Traveller Routes in India Explorers Dared to Find:

  1. Homestay in Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) (Kerala)
  2. Calicut Towers Hotel, Kozhikode (Calicut) (Kerala)
  3. Maggie's Goa, Calangute (Goa)
  4. Travellers Inn Srinagar, Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir)
  5. Tiger Home Ranthambore, Ranthambore (Rajasthan)
  6. Holiday Home in Mukteshwar - Uttarakhand, Mukteshwar (Uttarakhand)
  7. Dandeli Mist, Dandeli (Karnataka)

1. Brought by faith, St Thomas

Brought by faith, St Thomassource: picssr

St Thomas the apostle, is traditionally believed to have sailed to India in AD 52 to spread the Christian faith, and is believed to have landed at the port of Muziris, Tamilakam  a munciplity in modern day Kochi. where there was a Jewish community at the time. He is believed by the St Thomas Christian tradition to have established Ezharappallikal or Seven and Half Churches in Kerala. He descrbed the people as warm and friendly with a diverse culture and unique social structure. St thomas lived out his last days in India and died at Mylapore near modern day Chennai after travelling around India.

Today Kochi is a cosmopolitan city, with almost every religion being represented and every culture celebrated. 

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2. The Portuguese influence, Vasco Da Gama

The Portuguese influence, Vasco Da Gamasource: wikimapia.org

In 1498 Vasco Da Gama arrived at the port of Calicut, today's Kozhikode, and was intially welcomed by the King. Tensions flared after the portugese sailors mistook the local inhabitants as christians who were actually Hindu. This coupled with the fact that the King was offered modest gifts forced the portugese to return. Subsequesntly the Portrugese successfully set up the Dutch colony in India and Vasco was sent here as Portugal's viceroy in 1502. He agressively expanded the Portugese presence and worked tiresly, especially in Goa, till he died in Cochin in  1524. 

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3. Evangalisation and cultural amalgamation, St Francis Xavier

Evangalisation and cultural amalgamation, St Francis Xaviersource: dailymail uk

Impressed by the Jesuits, King John III of Portugal asked the order for missionaries to work in his empire and sent St Francis Xavier to Goa. He arrived in Goa on May 6 1542, Xavier arrived in Goa, India, on May 6, 1542. He came to be admired in that country for his ability to live and work side by side with the poor.

Today Goa is a cultural amalgamation of religions and culture, this kind of diversity is found in very few places. The portugese influence is there in everything - food, culture, language, lifestyle and hospitality. Few embrace this as well as the goans! 

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4. Through hinterland in search of Spirituality, Xuanzang

Through hinterland in search of Spirituality, Xuanzangsource: www.bradtguides.com

A Chinese Monk, Xuanzang, travelled through the Kyber Pass into Kashmir and travelled throughout North India in search of spirituality meeting other monks and spending years in India. He also met many kings and was hosted by many kingdoms during his travels. 

Today Xuanzang's work is very popular in buddist culture, most notably in the monestaries of Kashmir. Even today, the monestaries of Kashmir are very important to the regions spirituality and tourism. 

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5. A lesson in India's Natural Heritage, David Attenbourough

A lesson in India's Natural Heritage, David Attenbouroughsource: in.askmen.com

A legend in the field of the planet's natural history, David Attenbourough was in Isleworth, a suburb of London, England. He has said on Many occasions that India holds a special place in his heart. He has played an active role in India's conservation initiatives. His recent series "The Secret of Wild India" is an award winning documentation of India's wild lands and its mysterious Tiger. David travelled throughout India to sanctuaries and national parks ccreating a tresure trove of information about India's natural heritage. 

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6. Finding a man-eating catfish, Dr Zeb Hogan

Finding a man-eating catfish, Dr Zeb Hogansource: channel.nationalgeographic.com

An expert in marine biology from Florida, Dr Zeb Hogan has a special interest in India and has studied cat fish populations in most Indian rivers. Most recently and popularily, he studied the mysterious disappearences of small children in the remote Uttarkhand wilderness said to be caused by Giant catfish or "goonj"

A legendary marine bologist and a true explorer, India has always attracted Dr. Zeb Hogan 

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7. River Kali river monster, Jeremy Wade

River Kali river monster, Jeremy Wadesource: www.animalplanet.com

His love for mysterious and feared river monsters taakes Jeremy Wade all around the world. He has studied any fresh water species of fish and amphibians in India contributing to our understanding of these water bodies. Recently, on a TV series he scaled the river Kali in the western ghats in search of a catfish that is rumoured to feed on human corpses after they are burnt on the rivers edge. A true globe trotter, he loves India and its natural world. 

The river Kali is an exciting destination for white water rafting! 

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