India, with an area of 1,269,346 sq. mi. (3,287,590 sq. km) is one of the largest countries in the world. With a population of over 1000 million, it is the second largest country in the world in population. Only China, its neighbor to the north, has more people. About one out of every six people in the world lives in India.
For hundreds of years, India meant mystery, wealth, and excitement to people of the Western world. Early European explorers, traders, and adventurers traveled to India for jewels, rugs, silks, spices, and other valuable articles. Christopher Columbus was looking for an easier route to India when he arrived in America. Present day explorers can enjoy the charm of this all along with some taste of the modern era.
Visit India and enjoy great varieties and differences in both its land, its people, the art and architecture that it has to offer. Travel India through the mighty rivers and coastal areas, deserts, extensive tropical lowlands, wide plateaus, jungles, one of the world’s rainiest areas and the tallest mountain systems in the world to fully explore it. The Great Mountains of the North, the Great Plains of Northern India and the Great Plateau of Peninsular India reflect the huge attractions of this unique country. Tours to India including trekking in India, birding in India, Agra tours, the golden triangle tours, Rajasthan tours, Goa tours and other itineraries for a wonderful holiday in India are offered by the AMAZING Group of companies.
The last paradise
India is a world in itself. This is the land of mysticism, superstition & myths, snake charmers, yogis and Maharaja’s. India’s variety has richness, where light, color, noises, smells, flavors are all so vivid and intense.
Area : 3,287,263 sq km (1,269,219 sq miles).
Population : 920,000,000 (official estimate 1995).
Density of population : 279.9 per sq km.
Capital : New Delhi.
India shares borders to the northwest with Pakistan, to the north with China, Nepal and Bhutan, and to the east with Bangladesh and Myanmar. To the west lies the Arabian Sea, to the east the Bay of Bengal and to the south the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka lies off the southeast coast, and the Maldives off the southwest coast. The far northeastern states and territories are all but separated from the rest of India by Bangladesh as it extends northwards from the Bay of Bengal towards Bhutan. The Himalayan mountain range to the north and the Indus River (west) and Ganga River (east) form a physical barrier between India and the rest of Asia. The country can be divided into five regions: Western, Central, Northern (including Kashmir and Rajasthan), Eastern and Southern.
The official language is Hindi which is spoken by about 30% of the population, English is also often used for official or commercial purposes. In addition, 17 regional languages are recognised by the Constitution. These include Punjabi, Bengali, Gujerati and Oriya which are widely used in the north and Tamil and Telegu which are common in the south. Other regional languages are Marathi, Kannada and Malayalam. The Muslim population largely speak Urdu.
Religion : 80% Hindu, 11% Muslim with Sikh, Christian and Buddhist minorities.
Time : GMT + 5.30.
Electricity : Usually 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Some areas have a DC supply. Plugs used are of the round 2- and 3-pin type.