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India dominates the South Asian subcontinent. With a history that goes back to 3,200 BC when Hinduism was first founded, India is a country of fascinating cultural diversity, the result of the coexistence of a number of religions and traditions. Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam all exist within the country today. As a consequence of India's size, the history of the country has seldom been the same for two adjoining territories, and its great natural wealth has lured a succession of traders and foreign influences to it, each leaving their imprint. India's mountains provide heli skiing, river running, mountaineering and trekking; its beaches provide lazy sun-bathing as well as wind surfing and snorkelling, and its jungles a feast of wildlife. India has a vast 7,000 kilometre coastline offering the most diverse varieties of beaches anywhere in the world, from placid backwaters and lagoons, bays and rough lava-rocked seas, marine estuaries, crashing surf, powdery golden sand or palm fringed shores. India boasts over 25 World Heritage sites in its 26 states from awesome palaces to great natural wonders. India is a land of contrasts and a feast for all your senses. Landscapes vary, from the desert of Kutch where a scattering of villages pit themselves against the awesome forces of nature to the high altitude desert of Ladakh in the extreme north where local culture is visibly shaped by Buddhism. Yet another facet of Indian culture is observed in the colourful tribal lifestyles of the north eastern states. Modern India is home to the traditional lifestyle and the sophisticated urban jetsetter. It is a land where temple elephants and sacred cows exist amicably alongside the microchip. 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

Regions in India

Today it is mainly divided between the independent nation of Bangladesh (previously East Bengal), and the state of West Bengal in India. The region o... READ MORE


Goa


Goa is a state within the coastal region known as the Konkan in India.... READ MORE



Karnataka is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, Goa to the northwest, Maharashtra to the north, Andhra Pradesh to the east, Tamil Nadu to the so... READ MORE


A 3rd-century-BC rock inscription by emperor Asoka the Great attests to a Keralaputra. Around 1 BC the region was ruled by the Chera Dynasty, which tr... READ MORE


The total area of the state is 50,362 square kilometres (19,445 square miles). The population is 24,289,296 (2000). Punjab's capital is Chandigarh, wh... READ MORE


Uttarakhand is a state in the northern part of India.... READ MORE


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