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India will sideswipe you with its size, glamour and diversity - but if you enjoy delving into convoluted cosmologies and thrive on sensual overload, then it is one of the most intricate and rewarding dramas unfolding on earth, and you'll quickly develop an abiding passion for it. India is a litmus test for many travellers - some are only too happy to leave, while others stay for a lifetime. India is a land of virtuous wisdom, a land where the soul sought the spiritual dimensions of mankind and perpetuated aspirations to decipher a world beyond this world.

 
 
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  INDIA FACTS AND FIGURES

 
India at a Glance ...
 

Area :    

3,289,590 sq. km

  No. of States :   28 states & 7 union territories
  Capital : Delhi
  Religion : Secular state, Hindu 80%, Muslim 14%, Christian 2.4%, Sikh 2%, Buddishist 0.7, Jain 0.5%, Zoroastrian and Other 0.4%
  Best Time to visit: Throughout The Year
 
 

  INDIA HISTORY

Indian history can be roughly divided into the 6 periods of Ancient India, Medieval India, the years of the Company, colonial times as part of The Raj, the struggle for Independence and finally, post-Independence. India, the geopolitical entity as she stands today is a post-Independence phenomenon. It was as recently as "the stroke of the midnight hour" on 15th August 1947 when Nehru pronounced her "tryst with destiny" that India woke "to life and freedom". The first British East India Company officials landed in India in 1602. Eventually their interests ceased to be purely mercantile as they assumed more political roles. After the Revolt of 1857, the Crown took over the reigns and India officially came to be a part of the vast British Empire. The Raj settled into ruling this vast dominion and did so till in 1947 when the country was handed back to the leaders of the freedom movement. Gandhi and Nehru led the largely non-violent movement from the front with the backing of Congress and the entire nation. However, partly because of the British ‘divide-and-rule’ policy and internal contradictions in the national movement itself, a communal divide came to be. When India finally achieved freedom, it was combined with the trauma of partition and the formation of Pakistan.

Nehru became the first Prime Minister of India on 15th August 1947 at the head of a Congress government. The Congress hegemony ended in the late 60s, but it came to power intermittently through the 70s and 80s. The Nehru legacy was strong enough to make both his daughter Indira (who declared the infamous internal Emergency), and grandson Rajiv, Prime Minister. In the 90s the era of coalition politics had begun and democracy had come of age
 
 

  TOURIST ATTRACTIONS :

 
- Gateway of India
(Mumbai)
 
- Taj Mahal
(Agra)
 
- Qutub Minar
(Delhi)
 
- Jaisalmer Fort
(Rajsthan)
   
- Goa Churches
(Goa)
 
- Colva Beach
(Goa)
 
- Benaulim Beach
(Goa)
 
- Boqmalo Beach
(Goa)
   
- Lotus Tepmle
(Delhi)
 
- Golden Temple (Amritsar)
 
- Mysore Palace
(Mysore)
 
- Hillstation
(South India)
   
- Hillstation
(North India)
 
- Rajgir
(Bihar)
 
- Hawa Mahal
(Rajsthan)
 
- Char Minar
(Andra Pradesh)
   
- Badami Caves
(Karnataka)
 
- Himalaya
(India)
 
- Lakshawdeep
(India)
 
- Golconda Fort
(Andra Pradesh)
   
- Mughal Garden
(Delhi)
 
- Agra Fort
(Agra)
 
- Red Fort
(Delhi)
 
- Kaziranga National Park
(Assam)
   
- India Gate
(Delhi)
 
- Fatepur Sikri
(Agra)
 
- Jama Masjid
(Delhi)
 
- Ajanta Ellora Caves
(Mumbai)
 
 

  SHOPPING IN INDIA

India is unique in that it has representative outlets for the handicrafts of each Indian state. This in it self presents a staggering array of goods, and at very affordable prices. In the last decade there has been a dramatic change in indian markets. Upwardly mobile lifestyle has led to greater sophistication in display and upgrading of various markets in terms of availability of items. Shopping in India can be a delightful and thrilling experience where you will be able to buy just about anything you are looking for, but all for a price, of course! There are an infinite variety of souvenirs to take home, from centuries old craft items, to the latest gizmos on the block. Amazing numbers of fantastic markets and bazaars bustle with local flavor and trade, and even the most uninterested are tempted to buy something! For the shopaholic, it is paradise indeed!Some of the most popular and prominent shopping sites of the major tourist cities of India that must not be missed are listed below.Delhi is full of a variety of markets, from the weekend fresh fruit market to the wholesale, retail and utility markets. There is nothing that is not available in this incredibly versatile capital city.
 
 

  INDIA FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

India is a country of subcontinental dimensions. It is an ancient civilisation and an inheritor to a rich and diverse cultural tradition. The Fairs and Festivals celebrated across the length and breadth of the land present a fascinating pageant and showcase the resplendence of its arts and crafts tradition. Some festivals are of religious nature, others are linked with the lives of the people, change of seasons and harvesting. There are fairs which in past played an important role in the commercial life of the people and continue to be celebrated with great gusto.India is a country with diverse culture and tradition. The diverse culture & tradition has given birth to various fairs & festivals, most of which are based on harvesting. There is festival of light - Deepawali, festival of colours - Holi,Dussehra or Vijay Dashmi is a very popular Hindu festival, celebrated with éclat throughout the country. It is observed on the tenth day of the bright halk of Ashvin (September-October).It is a ten-day celebration, commemorating the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king, Ravana. ‘Ramlila’ which is based on the epic story of Ramayana, is staged at various places in most of the cities and towns in northern India. During this performance the Ramayana is constantly recited accompanied by music.It presents a fine blending of music, dance, mime, and poetry before an enthusiastic and religious audience sharing every event of the story with the actors.There are festivals for brothers & sisters, mothers, husbands, brothers, children, etc. Indian see God in every living and non-living thing. Even rivers, mountains, ponds, lakes, trees, flowers, animals, birds, reptiles are sacred here. Starting from Sunday till Saturday, each day of the week has some religious significance. The fairs and festivals of India are very compelling and entertaining. Sweets, fair, grand and elaborate menu, are some of the musts in the Indian fairs & festivals.
 
 

  INDIA MAJOR STATES

Indian State :- 
  - Andhra Pradesh   - Arunachal Pradesh   - Assam   - Bihar
  - Chattisgarh   - Gujarat   - Goa   - Himachal Pradesh
  - Haryana   - Jharkhand   - Jammu & Kashmir   - Karnataka
  - Kerala   - Manipur   - Madya Pradesh   - Maharashtra
  - Mizoram   - Meghalaya   - Nagaland   - Orissa
  - Punjab   - Rajasthan   - Sikkim   - Tripura
  - Tamil Nadu   - Uttaranchal   - Uttar Pradesh   - West Bengal
India State Union Territories:-
  - Andaman & Nicobar   - New Delhi   - Chandigarh   - Lakshawdeep
  - Daman & Diu   - Pondicherry   - Dadar & Nagar Haveli  
 
 

  INDIA HOTELS

  - Agra Hotels   - BangaloreHotels   - Jaipur Hotels   - Cochin Hotels
  - Goa Hotels   - Bombay Hotels   - Bikaner Hotels   - Delhi Hotels
 

  INDIA WILDLIFE AND BIRDS

Nature has always helped in flourishing the mankind. But this isn't about what nature gives to you, its what you, as a human being give back in return. Are you concerned about nature? Does saving the endangered species and taking necessary actions for those who are on the brink of extinction means something to you? Then join hands with the wildlife organizations to save mother Earth!

The natural projects and programmes started by the Indian government such as Project Tiger, Nature Camps and Jungle Lodges have been organised to promote wildlife awareness among the people. These projects not only help in preserving our natural heritage but also encourage eco-tourism.Why wildlife conservation is so important? Because the most beautiful gift that God has given to nature are the wild creatures, they embellish the natural beauty by their unique way of existence. But due the growing impact of deforestation, few concerned animal lovers are making continuous efforts to save the endangered species as well as those who are on the verge of extinction and save the world from loosing its green heritage.Some of the projects and wildlife conservation programmes in India include Project Tiger, which has been till now the most successful one in protecting and preserving the tiger population. There is the Gir National Park, which is only habitat existing for Asiatic lions in India. The Kaziranga Sanctuary is Assam is another remarkable example of saving the endangered Rhinoceros. There's Periyar in Kerala conserving the Wild Elephants and the Dachigam National Park doing the same to save the Hangul or Kashmiri Stag.

 
 

  INDIA ART AND CRAFT

If the cultural heritage of a country is revealed by its arts and crafts then India is for sure very rich. In the Indian sub content itself the formidable maritime empire of Orissa with its ethnic past is enchanting. The talented craftsmen are versatile as well as varied. The diversity of the skills men has been carrying of with the age-old tradition of different forms of art and craft. With the passage of time the artists have successfully retained the indigenousness of their skills and at the same time have refined them. The fusion of the carrying on with the legacy as with as developing their art forms makes them as the perfect example of amalgamation of trend and tradition.Today, general ignorance of masses about the traditional art forms, the emergence of mechanical techniques and absence of infrastructure have pushed many of these art forms on the verge of extinction. It is our continuous endeavor to find out people still practicing some of the rarest of traditional art forms. In this effort we would continue to bring to you more products of such handicrafts like ganjeefa playing cards, chikankari on metal, Ajarak and Malir block printing techniques and more. Most of these are getting rarer by the day as very few people are practicing these using traditional techniques, designs and colors.Most of craft products displayed on our site are directly procured from the craftsmen. The absence of middlemen will ensur+e a better compensation for the artisans and will also guarantee that you get the product at a reasonable price.
 
   

  INDIA ECONOMY

 
Though the constitution proclaims India to be a socialist country, it is in truth a mixed economy with a strong and influential private sector. Public sector undertakings controlled by the state are involved in many industries though the need for disinvestment is being increasingly felt. India has a planned economy.

It is largely an agrarian economy. Rice, wheat, oilseed, cotton, jute, tea, coffee, rubber, sugarcane and potatoes are the bulk of the produce. Livestock include cattle, water buffalo, sheep, goats and poultry. Coastal communities and those who live on riverbanks are often dependent on fishing for livelihood.

The major foreign exchange earner for India is textile, followed by Information Technology. With Indian IT professionals making it big in the United States and Indian IT companies proving to be among the best in the crop, there is new international interest in Indian professionals. Precious and semi-precious stones, leather products, engineering goods and chemicals are also exported.

Major trading partners include US, UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the UAE. Major industries include steel, chemicals, food processing, transportation equipment, cement, mining, petroleum and machinery. Around 25% of the population lives below the poverty line.

GDP: $2.664 trillion (purchasing power parity) Per Capita income: $2600 (purchasing power parity)

 
   

  INDIA CLIMATE

Although clubs and bars are multiplying in Delhi, you still have to look hard for them. whenever you feel like dancing, the best option Probably is to go to one of the big hotel that presumably has a private club and bar. It is quite likely that you end up watching a Hindi Film or a traditional donce performance, finished of with a beer or lassi and an early night of sleep. The best Bars & Cafes: Djinnes, Cj's, My kind of place, Floats, Capital, Steel.
 
   

  INDIA HABITAT

From the highest point of the Kanchenjunga peak at 8598 meters to the lowest point at 0 meters at the Indian Ocean, India is the land that spells variety. The 7th largest country in the world, it covers a total area of 3,287,590 sq km in area. It lies in south Asia jutting into the Indian Ocean in its south, undulating over the frozen wasteland of the Himalayas in the north, braving drought in its desert-like west and surviving fierce floods in its east. A substantial portion of northern India is the fertile plain where the great Gangetic riverine system irrigates vast expanses of the land bringing agrarian well being. The Deccan Plateau in Central India is rich in minerals. The Western and Eastern Ghats fringe the southern peninsula and are setting for coffee, tea, cashew plantations, the Nilgiri langur and gaur, and the silversmith Toda tribal. In the north-west, Pakistan borders India, and to the east lie China, Nepal, Burma, Bhutan and Bangladesh. To the south lies the teardrop shaped island nation of Sri Lanka. Beyond the peninsula the waters of the Bay of Bengal in the east, the Arabian Sea in the west and the Indian Ocean at the very south wet the shores of India’s 7000 km long coastline. Great vanquishing rivers are worshipped. The Narmada, Godavari, Krishna, Cauveri, the Brahmaputra, Ganga and Yamuna criss-cross the terrain bringing prosperity and fertility and often wreaking havoc in flood.
 
   

  INDIA GOVERNACE

India is a federal republic with a very strong centre. The world’s largest democracy, it has universal adult suffrage above 18 years. General elections are scheduled every 5 years when the entire country participates in electing members to the Lower House of Parliament called the Lok Sabha. Members to the upper house are elected indirectly. The head of state is the President. The head of government is the Prime Minister. In 2004 elections, NDA, the coalition lead by the Bhartiya Janta Party was defeated by the Congress. The Congress is currently the governing party and the Prime Minister is Dr. Manmohan Singh.