Explore India with some details about India and its people
India officially the Republic of India is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, in the world. The llargest country in size is Russia , 2nd Canada, 3rd People's Republic of China (PRC), 4th United States, 5th Brazil, 6th Australia followed by India. India's land surface is 3,166,414 square kilometres shows a notable diversity of habitats, with significant variations in rainfall, altitude, topography, and latitude. The region is also heavily influenced by summer monsoons that cause major seasonal changes in vegetation and habitat.
To the north India is bordered by the world's highest mountain chain the Himalayas, where foothill valleys and jungles cover the northernmost of the country's 26 states. Further south, plateaus, tropical rain forests and sandy deserts are bordered by palm fringed beaches.
India is the second most populous country, of 1,120,700,000 making up 17.07% of the world’s population.
Four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated here, while Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism, arrived in the first millennium all helping to shape India's diverse culture.
The multi-lingual, multi-ethnic society and culture is observed in the colourful tribal lifestyles. Its cultural diversity, the result of the coexistence of a number of religions as well as local traditions across a huge continent. The many magnificent temples and buildings are identifiable by their ornately sculptured surface, are associated with a great many crafts and performing arts from this magnificent country.
Politically controlled by the British East India Company from the early 18th century and directly administered by Great Britain starting the mid-19th century, India became a modern nation-state in 1947 after independence from the British.
India is the world's fourth largest economy in purchasing power and the second fastest growing large economy. India has made rapid progress in the last decade, most notably in information technology. India's struggles with high levels of poverty, persistent malnutrition, and environmental degradation.
Its ancient monuments are the backdrop for the world's largest democracy where atomic energy is generated and industrial development has brought the country within the world's top ten nations. Today, fishermen along the country's coastline fashion simple fishing boats in a centuries old tradition while, a few miles away. motor vehicles glide off conveyor belts in state-of-the-art factories.
This is a truly amazing country, which is changing fast. Our first visit was in 1997, our second in 2006. In a period of 9 years we have observed massive changes. Perhaps the most noticeable is the forms of vehicles on the road. Now there are many top range cars which 9 years ago did not or hardly existed at all. We would suggest you get to India soon before it changes too much and just becomes a replica of anywhere else in the world .
Assam is in the very top north east corner of India. It straddles the Bramaputra River's and its fertile flood plain. Assam is known for its many tea estates with their acacia trees providing shade for the tea plants. The Assamese people are proud of their own distinct culture and traditions. The ladies wear bright vibrant colours and you will find the people very friendly. The gamosa, a red and white scarf is a subtle mark of national costume worn by the men. Its national parks protect a range of wildlife including the one horned rhino, herds of wild elephant, tiger, leopard, the India bison, wild buffalo and hoards of wonderful birds equal to anywhere in the world.
Fauna of India
India encompasses some of the world's most bio diverse regions. It hosts three bio diversity hotspots: the Western Ghats, the Eastern Himalayas, and the Indo-Burmese border region. India is home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats. The Corbett National Park being just one of them.
India is a fascinating country to explore with lovely people.