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India, also called Bharat, is a peninsula in the Indian Ocean. It is bordered by Pakistan on the northwest, China, Nepal, and Bhutan in the north, Bangladesh and Burma (Myanmar) in the east, and Sri Lanka in the south. It is known for its tigers, Sanskrit, elephants, and historical caste system.
Population and language:
The population of India is close to 1.2 billion people. Hinduism is practiced by 81% of the population. Islam (13%), Christianity (2%), Sikhism (2%), and Buddhism (1%) are also major religions.
Hindi is the official language, but it is only spoken by 41% of the population. There are thirteen other major languages and 300 minor ones. Of the major languages, Bengali (8%), Tetugu (7%), Marathi (7%), Tamil (6%), and Urdu (5%) are the most spoken. Because of the British colonization, India’s secondary official language is English, and most Indians speak it. There are more than 200 recognised tribes within India.
Major cities and tourist destinations:
Delhi– The capital city has a population of about 22 million. The British built New Delhi in the 1930s, but the Old City has been around since the 6th century bc. Building the Red Fort took nine years, and it was the seat of Mughal power in its time. A visit to the National Museum will allow you to view art and artifacts spanning the past 5,000 years. Purana Qila is a fort, which is the oldest structure in all of Dehli.
Kolkata (Calcutta) – With a population of about 15.3 million, Kolkata contains India’s oldest operating port. In the city, you will find the Victorian Memorial, which pays homage to Queen Victoria. The Indian Museum, founded in 1814 is the oldest and largest museum in India. Be sure to visit the Mother House, the organization founded by Mother Teresa, where her body remains simply entombed today.
Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro – These ancient Indian ruins were left by one of the first Indian civilizations. They are located in the Indus River Valley.
Mumbai (Bombay) – Mumbai has a population of about 19.7 million. It is the site of the Gateway of India, which was initially the greeting point of travelers to India. The National Gallery of Modern Art not only contains works of art but also is impressive as a building.
Chennai – This city, population around 7.5 million, is where you will find Fort St. George, a British stronghold. You can also see Egmore, which was originally a village acquired by the East India Company, but now serves as a museum complex. Go for a walk along the marina for both historic and scenic views.
Jodhpur – Jodhpur has a population of around 1.2 million. Tour the Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum or arrange to stay the night there. The Mehrangarh Fort is a defensive dream. You can head south of town to visit the Marwar Craft Villages.
The Taj Mahal – No visit to India is complete without seeing the beautiful tomb Shah Jahan built for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Jaipur – In Jaipur, population 6.7 million, you can explore the Albert Hall Museum, which not only displays artifacts but also is known for revealing the life of a folk hero – Pabuji. The Jantar Mantar looks like a giant modern art exhibit, but it is really a sky observatory built in the 1700s. South of the city, you can view the house designed like a city: Jawahar Kala Kendra.
The climate of India is tropical monsoon to tropical arid, although the northern regions experience temperate and alpine climates. Summers last from April to July and range from 32°C -40°C. The cool winters from December to January are generally 10°C–15°C in the north and 20°C–25°C in the south. The monsoon season lasts from June to September. There are 47 inches of rainfall on average per year.
The GPD of India is 4.5 trillion (USD), and India uses the rupee as its currency. Most of the population of India is agricultural based (58%), but information technologies and industries, such as jewelry, making are also strong. India exports petroleum products, leather goods, chemicals, jewelry, textiles, software, engineering products, and imports crude oil, machinery, fertiliser, chemicals, and gems.
The four major airports in India are Delhi International Airport, Mumbai International Airport, Koljata International Airport, and Chennai International Airport. Taxis are notorious for overcharging customers or not providing them with change. They are supposed to have a rate card available at all times. Ask to see it before getting into the cab in case the meter is “broken.”
In India, only express trains are reliable. They are also the only trains with air-conditioned cars, but these cars will cost more. When boarding a train or checking the train schedule, look at both the name and number of it. Trains frequently share names, which can be a source of confusion for travelers. Advanced reservations on trains are always required, and women will need to ride in separate cars from men.
Arrive early at bus stops and be prepared to push and shove in order to get on them. The bus system within cities is usually well connected, but the buses are not comfortable to ride. If the bus is full, it will pass stops even if they, too, are full. Bus drivers tend to drive poorly.
The highways and major roads in India are well maintained. If you feel uncomfortable driving, but you want the comfort of having your own vehicle, you can hire drivers at low cost. If you are driving and you get lost, people are generally helpful.
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