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India

Few countries in the world have a tradition, culture and variety as diverse as this multi-faceted land called India. Enriched by successive waves of migration and marauders from distant lands, every one of them left an indelible imprint which was absorbed into the Indian way of life. It is this variety which provides a breathtaking ensemble for experiences that is uniquely Indian. Its physical, religious and racial variety is as varied as its linguistic diversity. Underneath this diversity lies the continuity of Indian civilization and social structure from the very earliest times until the present day. Modern day India represents the largest democracy in the world with a seamless picture of unity in diversity unparalleled anywhere else. Here we have attempted to catalogue everything Indian be it religions, festivals, rituals, artefacts, monuments, different attires, music and dance, language and literature. Come and let us help you discover a little more of fascinating India.

 

Facts at a Glance :

Full country name :Republic of India
Area :3,287,590 sq km (1,229,737 sq mi)
Population :1 billion
Capital city :New Delhi
People :72% Indo-Aryan, 25% Dravidian, 3% other

Language :Hindi Religion : 80% Hindu, 14% Muslim, 2.4% Christian, 2% Sikh, 0.7% Buddhist, 0.5% Jains, 0.4% other

Government :Federal Republic
GDP :US$1.7 trillion
GDP per head :US$1,720
Annual growth :5.4%
Inflation :14%

Major industries :Textiles, chemicals, food processing, steel, transportation equipment, cement, mining, petroleum, machinery, rice, wheat, oilseed, cotton, jute, tea, sugarcane, potatoes; cattle, water buffalo, sheep, goats, poultry, fish

Major trading partners :US, Hong Kong, UK, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Saudi Arabia Culture : Religion seeps into every facet of Indian life. Despite being a secular democracy, India is one of the few countries on earth in which the social and religious structures that define the nation's identity remain intact, and have continued to do so for at least 4000 years despite invasions, persecution, European colonialism and political upheaval.