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Andaman & Nicobar Islands Andaman Islands
Andhra Pradesh Puttaparthi Tirupati Srisailam more...
Bihar Bodhgaya Nalanda
Delhi Lotus temple more...
Daman & Diu Diu Fort Naida caves
Gujarat Junagarh (Junagadh) Dwarka Nageshwar Somnath more...
Himachal Pradesh Dharamsala Rewalsar Naggar Manali Shimla more...
Jammu & Kashmir Shrinagar Lamayuru Leh Thiksay Hemis more...
Karnataka Mysore Gokarna Murudeshwar Bangalore Hampi more...
Kerala Trivandrum (Tiruvanantapuram) Amritapuri
Lakshadweep Islands
Madhya Pradesh Khajuraho Orchha
Maharashtra Ajanta Ellora Mumbai (Bombay)
Orissa Bhubaneshvar Puri Konark
Punjab Amritsar
Rajasthan Jaipur Pushkar Jodhpur Jaisalmer Mount Abu Udaipur
Tamilnadu Rameshwaram Madurai Kanchipuram Tiruvannamalai more...
Uttar Pradesh Varanasi Sarnath Kushinagar Taj Mahal, Agra Vrindavan
Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) Rishikesh Haridwar Badrinath Kedarnath Gangotri more...
West Bengal Darjiling

India, officially named as the Republic of India (Bharat Ganarajya in Hindi), is a country in South Asia with ancient history. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast. It shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast; and Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh to the east. The Government of India also regards Afghanistan as a bordering country to the north, as it considers all of Kashmir to be part of India. However, this is disputed by Pakistan (the former part of India till 1947), and the region bordering Afghanistan is administered by Pakistan. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

The Indian subcontinent was home to the urban Indus Valley Civilisation of the 3rd millennium BCE (also in the valley of the nearby great Saraswati river, that disappeared 4 thousand years ago). In the following millennium, the oldest scriptures associated with Hinduism (Rigveda and others) began to be composed. Social stratification, based on 4 varnas and more than 3000 castes, emerged in the first millennium BCE, and Buddhism and Jainism arose. Early political consolidations took place under the Maurya and Gupta empires; the later peninsular Middle Kingdoms influenced cultures as far as southeast Asia. In the medieval era, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived, and Sikhism emerged, all adding to the region's diverse culture. Much of the north fell to the Delhi sultanate; the south was united under the Vijayanagara Empire. The economy expanded in the 17th century in the Mughal Empire. In the mid-18th century, the subcontinent came under British East India Company rule, and in the mid-19th under British crown rule. A nationalist movement emerged in the late 19th century, which later, under Mahatma Gandhi, was noted for nonviolent resistance and led to India's independence in 1947.

In 2017, the Indian economy was the world's sixth largest by nominal GDP and third largest by purchasing power parity. Following market-based economic reforms in 1991, India became one of the fastest-growing major economies and is considered a newly industrialized country. However, it continues to face the challenges of poverty, corruption, malnutrition, and inadequate public healthcare. A nuclear weapons state and regional power, it has the third largest standing army in the world and ranks fifth in military expenditure among nations. India is a federal republic governed under a parliamentary system and consists of 29 states and 7 union territories. It is a pluralistic, multilingual and multi-ethnic society and is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats.

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Pictures of Hindu & Buddhist gods & goddesses

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Sathya Sai Baba


Indian cuisine & food

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Indian railways & trains

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The detailed maps of India (1:250,000)

Maps of Indian cities