India

India is a country with enormous ethnic, linguistic, cultural diversity and with striking contrast. The Tibetan-influenced region of Ladakh, the mountainous region of Himanchal Pardesh, the Garhwal Hills of Uttar Pardesh and Darjeeling and Sikkim in the East. To the south is the gigantic plains stretching from Punjab in the northwest, past Delhi and popular tourist sites such as the Taj Mahal of Agra, Khajurao, Varansi and the holy Ganges to the north end of the Bay of Bengal.

In the central Indian States of Orissa and Madhya Pradesh tribal village life has resulted in a variety of artistically executed handicrafts. Similarly, India’s mountains provide heli skiing, river running, mountaineering and trekking. Its beaches provide lazy sun-bathing as well as wind surfing and snorkeling, and its jungles provide shooting wildlife -with a cam. India is what one makes of it. There are temples in profusion in enough styles and denominations to confuse anybody. The forts, abandoned cities, ruins, battlefields and monuments all have their histories and tales to tell. There are enough beaches to satisfy the most avid sun worshipper and trekking routes of the Himalayas can provide an adventure to the most seasoned trekker. For white water lovers, the upper Ganges and the Teesta River in Sikkim provides exhilarating white water experience.

 

General Information of India

  • Capital : New Delhi
  • Area : 3287590 square kilometers
  • Principal Language : Hindi (30%), English, Bengali, Gujarati, Kashamri, Malayam, Punajabi, Urdu, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, etc.
  • Ethnicity: Indo Aryan (72%), Dravidian (25%), Mongoloid and other (3%).
  • Religion: Hindu (81%), Islam (13%), Christian (2%), Sikh (2%)
  • Currency: Indian Rupees, (As per the Reserver Bank of India IRs. 45.61 = US$ 1.00 approx.).
  • Time : India's standard time is 5 hour and 30 minutes ahead of GMT & 15 minutes behind of the Nepal Standard Time.
  • Government : Federal Republic

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