" India land of Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas." Wheeler Wilcox (American poet)
India, a peninsular nation in South Asia, has been, for centuries, a region of attraction for many a traveler, researcher and business man around the world. Here you find a unique blend of cultures, castes and races with generous doses of tradition thrown in. Some Important Facts about India is listed here.
-> Full Name : Republic of India (also called Bharat, Hindustan among locals)
-> Total Area : 32,87,263 sq.km
-> Population : 1,210,193,422 (1.21 billion) (2011 Census)
-> Coastline : 7,516 kilometers (inclusive of Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands)
-> North to South : 3214 kilometers.
-> East to West : 2,933 kilometers
-> Capital : New Delhi
-> Area wise in the world : 7th
-> Currency: Rupees
-> Location : India extends between latitudes 8 deg 4'N and 37 deg 6'N. It is a country of the east with its landmass lying beteen longitudes 68 deg 7'E and 97 deg 25'E.
-> Climate : Cold weather (November - March)
Hot weather (April - October)
Rainy season (July - September)
-> Indian Standard Time : GMT +05:30
-> Number of States : 28
-> Number of Union Territories : 07
-> Government : Democratic form of Government
-> National Anthem : Jana Gana Mana written by Rabindranath Tagore.
-> National Song : Vande Mataram (composed in Sanskrit by Bankimchandra Chatterji)
-> State Emblem : Sarnath Lion Capital of Ashoka
-> National animal: Tiger
-> National bird: Peacock
-> National fruit: Mango
-> National flower: Lotus
-> National tree: Banyan
-> Languages : Hindi is the official language. English is widely spoken and written. 17 major languages recognized by the Constitution and 844 Dialects.
-> Religion : India is a secular country where many religions co-exist. The major religions practiced are- Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Sikh, Jain, Zoroastrian and others
-> Location of India: Southern Asia
-> Neighboring Countries: Bhutan, Burma, China, Nepal and Pakistan.
-> Seas/Oceans: Arabian Sea (West), Bay of Bengal (East), Indian Ocean (South)
-> Islands : Andaman and Nicobar Islands in Bay of Bengal, Lakshadweep Islands in Arabian Sea
-> Mountain Ranges: Himalayas in the north. Highest peak is the Kanchenjunga, which measures over 8000 meters.