Cultural Considerations: India



India, known as Bharat to Indians themselves, is the world’s largest democracy and second most populous country. There is a great amount of diversity in India, with languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food, geography and customs differing from place to place throughout the country.

In the past, India’s caste system assigned people to different levels of society. The trend now is to give more emphasis to skill, merit and performance. The government is playing a major role in eliminating caste discrimination.

There are strict codes of dress and behaviour in India, particularly at religious sites, and you should take care not to offend. Physical contact between men and women in public is not considered appropriate.

The timing of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan varies from year to year. For information on how this may affect travel, visit the ‘Smartraveller’ Ramadan bulletin.

Going Global. 2015. India: Cultural Advice. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 08 October 15].

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