About

India Cheat Sheet (India At a Glance):

 

 Formal Name

 Republic of India

 Location of India

 South Asia

 Capital

 New Delhi

 Demonym

 Indian

 Area

 3,287,263 km2 (1,269,219 sq mi)

 Land Boundaries

Total: 13,888 km, Border countries (6): Bangladesh 4,142 km, Bhutan 659 km, Burma 1,468 km, China 2,659 km, Nepal 1,770 km, Pakistan 3,190 km

 Population

 1.3 Billion

 Languages

 Kazakh & Hindi, English

 Administrative and Territorial Structure

 India is composed of 6 Regions, 29 States and 7 Union Territories

 Religion

 Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism

 Currency

 Indian Rupee (INR)

 Time Zone

 UTC+05:30 (IST)

 Calling Code

 +91

 Internet TLD

 .in

 Drives On

 Right Side

 Major Cities

 Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune

 
About India

India is a South Asian country. Talking about India it is second largest in population and seventh largest by area in the world. India is one of the largest democracies in the world. India is known for its unity in diversity. There are many cultures, ethnicity, religion, languages and other diversities, still India is united and even foreigners have appreciated this fact. The land is fascinating for the visitors as to how such a huge land with lot of diversities and with lot of beautiful places has been one of the most embracing cultures on the planet. India is huge country and very diverse within its geography. People for centuries have come to India to explore the length and breadth of the country.

Geography of India

India is 7th largest country in the world in terms of area. India has both land and oceans on its borders. On the south, India is bounded by Indian Ocean and on the southwest side it is bounded by Arabian Sea. Bay of Bengal is on the Southeast side. Also India shares borders with neighboring countries like Pakistan on the west, China, Nepal and Bhutan on the Northeast, Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. Other neighbor countries of India are Sri Lanka and Maldives. Himalaya in northern part of India has Mount Everest, the highest point in the world. At present with 29 states and 7 union territories, Geography of India is quite big. New Delhi is the capital of India.

Climate and Weather in India

Indian climate cannot be generalized because of vastness of geography and varied topography. So, Indian climate is of 6 major subtypes. In the west it is arid desert, in the north it is alpine tundra and glaciers and, in the southwest and island territories are humid tropical regions which support rainforest. Also many other regions in India have microclimates. India has generally four seasons. From December to February it is winter, From March to Mid-June it is summer. From Mid-June to September it is rainy or monsoon and October to November is Post-Monsoon season. In major parts of the country except during hot summers (which is best time to visit hill stations in Himalayas) rest of the time of year is best time to visit the country.

History of India

History of India is really long. Indian History has been a topic of interest to everyone including outside people. This is because of the cultures and civilizations that existed in this part of the world. India is home to world’s oldest and most influential civilizations. India was once ‘Golden Bird’ and it was recognized by every country in the world. However after lot of invasions and foreign rules especially British Rule until 1947 depleted India’s financial situation in a very big way. One can see the glory of India history in many places in India like Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Kerala, Goa and other parts as well.

Culture and Traditions in India

Indian culture is super vivid. This is an embracing culture where the whole world is considered as ‘One family’. We have more than 5000 years of cultural history. Though Hindu philosophy is majorly practiced in India which is again thousands years old, still all other religions and way of life have been accepted her. People have lived in harmony for centuries no matter which religion or philosophy they practiced. Many colorful festivals like Holi, Diwali, Dussehra are celebrated with lot of enthuse. Yoga is India’s contribution to the world and now almost all the countries on the planet do Yoga. Culture and Traditions of India is a thing which every foreigner gets amazed by. They love to come to explore the culture and traditions of this land.

Food and Cuisine in India

India has huge variety of traditional and regional cuisines. People love to eat food in India. Food is an inherent part of Indian families. Cooking style and cuisine have developed over thousands years and they are different in different parts of the country. Depending on state and region, one can taste variety of foods interstate and also intrastate. Spices, vegetables, grains and fruits characterize majority of Indian dishes. Anyone on a trip to India must explore food and cuisine of India otherwise your trip will be incomplete and without taste. Some popular food items of India are Chole Bhature, Dosa, Samosa, Panipuri, Idli etc.

Languages of India

Indian language is mainly from two major families. One is Indo-Aryan which is spoken by over 75% of the population and Dravidian spoken by 24% of the population. However in simplistic terms like cultural diversities languages of India are also quite diverse. On a travel of every 20-30 KM one can hear different language. This is specialty of India. There is no national language in India. Hindi is the most spoken language in India. Constitution recognizes 22 ‘Scheduled languages’ and some of those are Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi etc. English is also understood, written and spoken by millions of people in India which is very helpful for foreign visitors.

 

Tourism

A medley of age old traditions, culture and thousand Kilometers of vibrant geographies, India have always enticed foreigners to come here for a soul-stirring journey. India Tourism is an adventure ride from one corner to the other. India has everything to capture the imagination of visitors of each kind. No matter what you like India has it all. India has Snowy Mountain, frolic coasts, natural green and the mystic ravines of spirituality. On top of it all is clusters of cultural shades that have always been the defining raw beauty of India. This is why an opportunity of Tourism in India captures the heart of every tourist. You must explore the different facets of India be it cultural and natural sites, food, festivals, apparels, lifestyle, shopping markets and more. You will find everything you look for in this multicolored country.

One can choose variety of regional trip for a great time and exploration on Tourism of India. You can go for North India trip which would include places like Delhi, Agra, Amritsar, Haridwar etc., South India trip which would include places like Kerala, Ooty, Hampi, Alleppey, Bangalore etc., West India trip where one can explore Goa, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pushkar, Jaipur, Udaipur etc., East India trip where beautiful places like Kolkata, Varanasi, Gangtok, Assam etc. must be explored and Central India trip where you can see beautiful Madhya Pradesh and other parts. You can go for a single region or combination of two or more.

India Tourism is not just based on regions. If you love beaches then you have plenty of options. Goa alone has several beaches where foreigners love to spend few days at the minimum and then Kerala also has number of beautiful beaches. You cannot forget Mumbai either. If you love cultural sites and monuments then India have hundreds of them. Some of the super popular sites are TajMahal, Red Fort, QutubMinar, Gateway of India, India Gate, HawaMahal, Ajanta caves, Konark Sun Temple, Mahabodhi Temple, and Char Minar etc. If you want to explore natural beauty then you will get abundant of it. Himalaya in northern part of India has always attracted adventure and natural beauty lovers. Exploring Tourism of India, you can go to places like Manali, Nainital, Mussorie, Shimla, Rishikesh, Gangtok and more. Religious and spiritual tour lovers can explore several temples, mosques and churches in some of the super old cities of the country like Varanasi, Gaya, Haridwar, Tirupati etc.

In recent times Tourism in India is on a huge surge which is substantiated by number of visitors coming to India in last few years. In 2017 alone over 10 million foreign tourists visited India which was more than 15% up as compared to last year’s numbers. This is because infrastructure, economy and other factors are supporting the inflow of tourists. Government is also focusing big time on the growth of tourism. So, it is surely a great time to come to India and have a great time during the visit and loads of wonderful memories while leaving the country and afterwards.

India is an indulgence for a traveler where they get to explore several spectacular attractions. Popular destinations of India like Delhi, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh or Uttarakhand, Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Kashmir, the North East offer multiple choices of attractions to the visitors. One can buy a good India Tour Package and enjoy best time while on India Tourism. Except hot summer from April to June, each month is a great time to visit India. Summers are best time to explore the Himalayan hill stations.
 
Tourist Attractions in India:
 

Taj Mahal

Qutub Minar

Khajuraho

Golden Temple

Spiti Valley Road Trip

Beaches of Goa - I

Beaches of Goa - II

Beaches of Kovalam in Kerala

Backwaters of Kerala

Pushkar Camel Fair

Hill Stations in the Himalayas - I

Hill Stations in the Himalayas - II

Road Trip to Ladakh and Spiti Valley; Roof of the World

Trekking and Mountain Adventure in the Himalayas

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