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Monday, May 18, 2009

Welcome to Beautiful India


India (Hindi: भारत) [1] is the largest country in the Indian Subcontinent and shares borders with Pakistan to the west, China and Nepal to the north, Bhutan to the north-east, and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia lie to the south-east in the Indian Ocean. It is the seventh largest country in the world by area and, with over a billion people, is second only to China in population. It's an extremely diverse country, with vast differences in geography, climate, culture, language and ethnicity across its expanse, and prides itself on being the largest democracy on Earth.



Befitting her size and population, India's culture and heritage is a rich amalgam of the past and the present: From the civilizations, fascinating religions, variety of languages (more than 200!) and monuments that have been present for thousands of years to the modern technology, economy, and media that arises as she opens up to a globalised world, India will never cease to awe and fascinate the visitor.

India has a rich and diverse mix of culture and tradition, dominated by religious and spiritual themes. It's probably the only country where people of so many different origins, religious beliefs, languages and ethnic background coexist. There are 3 main sub-cultures: North, East and South. Most of the ancient Indian culture is preserved in the South which is famous for its classical arts, such as Carnatic music and classical Indian dance.

The Northern part of India has a rich heritage of Hindustani Classical Music and vibrant dance forms. Art and theatre flourish amongst the bustling cities of the country, against the backdrop of the ever expanding western influences that flavour life in the large metropolises of India.
The East is popular for its many forms of folkdances and music. These art forms are enriched by a strong east asian influence.




Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cities and Popular Destinations in India

Cities

Below is a selection of nine of India's most notable cities. Other cities can be found under their specific regions.



* Delhi — the capital of India for a thousand years and the heart of Northern India.



* Bangalore (now Bengaluru) — The garden city, once the sleepy home of pensioners now transformed into the city of pubs, technology and companies.

* Chennai (formerly Madras) — main port in Southern India, cradle of Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam, home of the famous Marina beach, Automobile Capital of India and a fast emerging IT hub.

* Jaipur — the Pink City is a major exhibit of the Hindu Rajput culture of medeival Northern India.


* Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) — the cultural capital of India, Kolkata is home to numerous colonial buildings. It is known as The City of Joy.


* Mumbai (formerly Bombay) — the financial capital of India, "Bollywood" (Indian Film Industry) hub.

* Shimla — the former summer capital of British India located in the Himalayan foothills with a large legacy of Victorian architecture.

* Thiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum) — capital of Kerala and gateway to the sandy beaches and backwaters of south west India.

* Varanasi — considered the most sacred Hindu city, located on the banks of the Ganges, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities of the world.



Other destinations

India has many outstanding landmarks and areas of outstanding beauty. Below is a list of nine of the most notable:


* Bodh Gaya — the place where the Buddha Sakyamuni attained enlightenment.



* Ellora/Ajanta — spectacular rock-cut cave monasteries and temples, holy place for the Buddhists, Jains and Hindus.


* Goa — an east-west mix, beaches and syncretic culture.


* Golden Temple — Sikh holy site located in Amritsar.


* Hampi — the awesome ruins of the empire of Vijayanagara.


* Khajuraho — famed for its erotic sculptures.


* Lake Palace — the Lake Palace of Octopussy fame, located in Udaipur.

* Meenakshi Temple — a spectacular Hindhu temple in Madurai.


* Taj Mahal — the incomparable Taj Mahal in Agra


http://wikitravel.org/en/India
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