Tribal Tourism in India
an experience extraorinaire
an experience extraorinaire
The real beauty of India is not in the towns & cities. It is in the indigenous people. The tribal lifestyle, arts, crafts and architectures are one of the most fascinating parts of their culture. The diversity of the tribal’s in India offers a deep insight into the ethnography and anthropology of these mystic tribes, quenching the curiosity of the ideologist in you. Many of these tribes have unique traditions, festivals, music and modes of artistic expression. Tourists can experience these diverse communities and their heritage, through tribal tourism. The tribal tours in India are most refreshing and energizing.
The majority of India’s tribal groups are present in central, northeast, western and east India. Tropical central states of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are home to the Gond, the region‟s largest tribe.. In Eastern India, almost one fourth of Odisha‟s population belongs to tribal community. India‟s tribes are known for their arts and craftsmanship.
Odisha boasts of hosting the largest number of tribal communities in any state, 62, listed as Scheduled Tribes. An anthroprolgic tour of Odisha showcases the brighter prospects of socio-cultural history with a rich socio-cultural heritage.
There are 42 tribal communities included in the list of Scheduled Tribes in Chattisgarh. Bastar is the country of tribes – About 70% of the total population of the Bastar region is tribal. The main tribes of the Bastar region are the Gonds, Marias, Bhatras, Murias, Halbas and Dhurvas.
Bastar tribes have developed a distinct culture – costumes, dialects, cookery, etc and are known for their tribal art throughout the world. The tribes of the Bastar were among the first in India to work metal and figurines in terracotta .
The tribes of the Bastar are also known for their colorful festivals. The festival of Dussehra is the most famous and is not to be missed for anything in the world !
In Madhya Pradesh, there are 43 Schedules Tribes. Madhya Pradesh is dominated by the Tribal population. Tribes of Madhya Pradesh have preserved their culture and tradition despite outside cultural influence. Their culture is distinguished by the composite remains of the Scythian and Dravidian culture. The prevalent religion of the tribes of Madhya Pradesh is Animism.
Gujarat is known as a hub of scheduled tribes & there are around 29 main tribes including Gamith, Dhodias, Siddi, Barda, Vasawas etc. The origin of the tribal people of Gujarat is based on their migration from other countries like the Siddis a group of tribal people who have migrated from East Africa. Similarly, the Rabaris and the Mers are the tribes migrated from the Mediterranean. The Harappan sites are an added flavor to a curated Gujarat tour.
Shrouded by mighty Himalayan hills, the entire North-East region – comprising the seven sisters (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura) and Sikkim – represents the richest ethnic region of the world, and meeting point of four major races (Aryan, Mongoloid, Austric, Tibeto-Burman) of the world showcasing one of the richest ethnic and bio-diversity regions of the world, with more natural affinities to the East than to its West.
Rajasthan is a land filled with cultures, traditions, and music. A Rural Rajasthan Tour can be perfect to witness the best attraction of the state, its colorful, warm, hospitable and smiling people.
Maharashtra has a large tribal population of almost 50 tribes. These tribal communities prefer to live in self-imposed isolation shunning contact with people residing in the plains. The most important tribes of Maharashtra are the Bhil, Gond-Madia, Katkari, Koli, Oraon and Warli. Most of them are not really nomadic anymore.
Land of High Passes, Ladakh is an amalgamation of culture and history closely intertwined. Ladakh is predominantly a tribal region in the country. It is estimated that more than 90% of Ladakh’s population is tribal.
Southern India hosts around 533 indigenous tribes that make up for more than 80 million tribals. The suburban parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & Goa are grounds for manu unique tribes.
The name ‘Bengal’ has been possible derived from ‘Benga’, a popular Austro – Asiatic word, largely in vague amongst the Santhals – the largest tribal group of India.
The Andaman Islands are home to four ‘Negrito’ tribes – the Great Andamanese, Onge, Jarawa and Sentinelese. The Nicobar Islands are home to two ‘Mongoloid’ tribes – the Shompen and Nicobarese. They are are nomadic hunters and catch g fish with bows and arrows. Interactions are extremely restricted.
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We are committed to showcase, responsibly, the tribal habitat, heritage, history and handicrafts as well as the indigenous knowledge of culture and nature. Our Tribal Trail of India involves you in the day to day life styles of the tribal community, an experience par excellence.
Travel with us to Bastar, meet the Baigas & Gonds of Madhya Pradesh, be amazed with the ethnographic profiles of the Bondas of Odisha, visit Gujarat & Rajasthan to witness diversity of traditions & culture, and least we forget, our jewel – the North East, may it be the Hornbill Festival.
Offers a deep insight into the ethnography and anthropology of the mystic tribes of India, quenching the curiosity thirst of the ideologist in you.
a kaleidoscope of Ethnicity
They are culturally very rich and each tribal group has a specific cultural feature which helps them to identify them from other.
The history of expressing their feelings and ideas about themselves, their surrounding environments in various modes of a particular tribe or cultural group is very long, which may trace up to the prehistoric times.
Ethnicity, because of the ambiguity of the subject, the concept can be attributed to various perspectives like common descent, homeland, common cultural traditions including language and religion, memories of migration, colonization or conquest and identification by others In the physical, cultural and behavioral characteristics.
The resourceful exercise of the imagination comes in the form of verbal, musical, visual dance and other form of expression. This depiction of feelings and thoughts influence tribal art in the larger context.
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