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Capital
»New Delhi

Official Language
»Hindi English

Demonym
»Indian

Government
»Federal parliamentary
constitutional republic

Area
»3,287,590 km2

Population
»1,210,193,422 (2nd)

GDP (PPP)
»$7.277 trillion (3rd)
»Per capita,$5,777 (125th)

GDP (nominal)
»$2.048 trillion (10th)
»Per capita,$1,626 (145th)

Currency
»Indian rupee (INR) (INR)

Time Zone
»IST (UTC+05:30)

India  is a country in South Asia. 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.

India - Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Burma and Bangladesh to the east.

In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; in addition, India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

India - The Cabinet Secretariat of India

The Cabinet Secretariat of India

Home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history.

India - Varanasi

Varanasi

Four religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, whereas Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and also helped shape the region’s diverse culture.

Gradually annexed by and brought under the administration of the British East India Company from the early 18th century and administered directly by the United Kingdom after Indian Rebellion of 1857, India became an independent nation in 1947 after a struggle for independence that was marked by non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi.

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as of 2014, the Indian economy is nominally worth US$2.047 trillion; it is the eleventh-largest economy by market exchange rates and is, at US$7.277 trillion, the third-largest by purchasing power parity or PPP.

India Land Tech Park

India Land Tech Park

With its average annual GDP growth rate of 5.8% over the past two decades, and reaching 6.1% during 2011–12, India is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. However, the country ranks 140th in the world in nominal GDP per capita and 129th in GDP per capita at PPP. Until 1991, all Indian governments followed protectionist policies that were influenced by socialist economics.

India - Chennai Car assembly plant

Chennai Car assembly plant

Widespread state intervention and regulation largely walled the economy off from the outside world. An acute balance of payments crisis in 1991 forced the nation to liberalise its economy; since then it has slowly moved towards a free-market system by emphasising both foreign trade and direct investment inflows. India’s recent economic model is largely capitalist. India has been a member of WTO since 1 January 1995.

Navi Port Mumbai, Maharastra

Navi Port Mumbai, Maharastra

The 486.6-million worker Indian labour force is the world’s second-largest, as of 2011. The service sector makes up 55.6% of GDP, the industrial sector 26.3% and the agricultural sector 18.1%. Major agricultural products include rice, wheat, oilseed, cotton, jute, tea, sugarcane, and potatoes.

Major industries include textiles, telecommunications, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food processing, steel, transport equipment, cement, mining, petroleum, machinery, and software.

In 2006, the share of external trade in India’s GDP stood at 24%, up from 6% in 1985.  In 2008, India’s share of world trade was 1.68%;  In 2011, India was the world’s tenth-largest importer and the nineteenth largest exporter.

Major exports include petroleum products, textile goods, jewellery, software, engineering goods, chemicals, and leather manufactures. Major imports include crude oil, machinery, gems, fertiliser, and chemicals. Between 2001 and 2011, the contribution of petrochemical and engineering goods to total exports grew from 14% to 42%. India was the

India is ranked 54 with an Economic Complexity Index (ECI) of 0.361682

Top 5 Products exported by India

  1. Refined Petroleum (19%),
  2. Jewellery (6.5%),
  3. Packaged Medicaments (4.0%),
  4. Rice (2.2%),
  5. Cars (1.8%)

Top 5 Export destinations of India

  1. United States (12%),
  2. United Arab Emirates (12%),
  3. China (5.8%)
  4. Singapore (4.5%),
  5. United Kingdom (3.3%)

Top 5 Products imported by India

  1. Crude Petroleum (30%),
  2. Gold (11%),
  3. Coal Briquettes (3.5%),
  4. Diamonds (3.3%),
  5. Petroleum Gas (2.8%)

Top 5 Import origins of India

  1. China (11%),
  2. United Arab Emirates (7.5%),
  3. Saudi Arabia (6.5%),
  4. Switzerland (6.2%),
  5. United States (4.2%)

India offers a different aspect of her personality – exotic, extravagant, elegant, eclectic — to each traveler to the country.

India - Golden Temple in Amritsar

 

Travel and tourism is the largest service industry in India. It provides heritage, cultural, medical, business and sports tourism.

India - The Oberoi Udaivilas Hotel

The Oberoi Udaivilas Hotel, Udaipur

The main objective of this sector is to develop and promote tourism, maintain competitiveness of India as tourist destination and improve and expand existing tourism products to ensure employment generation and economic growth.

India - Bangalore Botanical Garden Flower Show

Bangalore Botanical Garden Flower Show

To see
  • The Taj Mahal: It is actually bigger and more majestic than what it looks in the photograph.Varanasi: Hindu religious rituals, some harking back to the Vedic age, 5,000 years ago, Varanasi is the oldest living city of the world and the birth place of Hinduism. Don’t miss the evening Ganga Aarti.Tigers:
  • They may or may not be present in all the tiger reserves but your chances of seeing a tiger are fairly good in Bandhavgarh or Ranthambore tiger reserves.Sundarbans:
  • Largest mangrove forest and delta in the world. Home to the famous Royal Bengal tigers and estuarine crocodiles.
  • Hill Stations: India is home to some remarkable, scenic and gorgeous hill stations such as:
  • Shimla, Mussorie, Darjeeling, Shillong and Ooty.Sangla Valley: Considered one of the most beautiful valleys of the world lies in the upper regions of Himachal Pradesh.
  • It is extremely scenic with photogenic landscapes and unforgettable landscapes.Leh: Considered to be on the top of the world. One of the highest inhabited cities of the world. It gives a different idea of high altitude altogether with unbelievable landscapes.


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