capital=New Delhi |
government=federal republic |
currency=Indian rupee (INR) |
area=''total:'' 3,287,590 sq km<br>''land:'' 2,973,190 sq km <br>''water:'' 314,400 sq km |
language=English, Hindi, and 14 others |
religion=Hindu 81.3%, Muslim 12%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other groups including Buddhist, Jain, Parsi 2.5% (2000) |
India is a peninsular country in the south of Asia. India mixes ancient civilizations, fascinating religions, philosophy, languages, monuments and cultures with modern technology, economy, and media. India along with it's neighbours excluding china and Myanmar are referred to as the Indian Sub-Continent because of the wide diversity in geography, culture, language and ethnicity.
Indian dress of Rajasthan
- The North -- the country's capital, the Taj Mahal and remote Himalayan mountains
- The West -- deserted deserts, Goa, alternative beaches and Bollywood
- The South -- colorful Hindu temples, tropical forests, Backwaters of Kerala, Beaches and Ghats of Karnataka and islands
- The East -- India's poorest region, its largest city and holiest river
- The North-East -- remote and sensitive, the country's tribal corner
See also: List of Indian states and union territories
There are thousands of cities in India; these are some of the more popular among travelers.
- New Delhi, the Capital of Ancient Bharath and Modern India - The political capital of India
- Kolkata (Calcutta), the City of Joy - The cultural capital of India
- Chennai (Madras) - The intellectual capital of India
- Kochi (Cochin) - The Queen of the Arabian Sea
- Mumbai (Bombay) - The economic capital of India
- Agra - Home of the Taj Mahal
- Bangalore - The Garden City, Pub City, Silicon Valley of India, Land of Silk, Gold, Sandal, Incense etc.
- Ahmedabad - Most beautiful textile museum of the world
- Rajkot - The city in Gujarat where Mahatma Gandhi pursued early education, also famous for sweets and dandiya/garba raas dances.
- Nasik - The city of pilgrimage. One of the four cities where the Kumbhmela is held. Sita (the wife of Lord Rama) was abducted by Ravana here. Nasik is also the birthplace of Lord Hanumana.
Map of India
With a surface area only about one-third the size of the United States, India is the second most populous country in the world, with more than one billion people as of 2002.
The Indus Valley civilization.....
Almost every big city in this country has an airport. Some major points-of-entry are:
India has homegrown international airlines (Air India, Indian Airlines)....
India has several international ports on its peninsula.
India boasts the biggest network of railway lines in the world, ....
The road network is also very well connected.
Female travellers in India