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Tribal Life in India
How will you feel if you find yourself among the tribal people enjoying their culture and ways of living? Do you want to to engross in this type of fascinating holidays? If yes, opt for the tribal tourism. Through tribal tourism you can explore the striking features of the tribal life around the world. To enjoy this type of theme holidays you will find the names of Africa, India and Latin America as the major destinations. Africa, one of the popular desinations of tribal tourism, has much to contribute to enrich the aspect of tribal tourism. In various parts of Africa you will find existence of various tribes.
The prominent tribal population covers around 15% of the total geographical area of the country. Though the tribal are mainly concentrated in the north-eastern and central part of India. Tribes people constitute 8.14% of the total population of the country, numbering 84.51 million (2001 Census). There are 697 tribes notified by the Central Government under Article 342 of the Indian Constitution with certain tribes being notified in more than one State. More than half the Scheduled Tribe population is concentrated in the States of Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Jharkhand. The tribal population has shown a growth rate of 21.03% as against 21.35% of the entire population, in the period 1991-2001.

In the western part of the country, in Rajasthan and Gujarat you can witness a way of life that is colorful, while in South India, the skillful craftsmanship of Todas of Nilgiri Hills will fascinate you. Their pastoral way of life clearly brings out the beauty in simplicity. In Central India, in the picturesque Jharkhand, you will get to see the Santhals and the tribals of Bastar. The Santhals are one of the oldest tribals living in India. Again, the north-eastern tribes of India are known for their traditional songs and dances, their colorful handmade clothing and intricately woven bamboo handicrafts.
There are often more to be seen than what meet the eyes. The tribal society is always a thing of great interest. With a well chalked out tour to any of these places you will be able to explore the roots of a multicultural and multilingual India, where unity in diversity is the essence of national spirit.
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