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Common Hindi Words
If India could be
summed up in a word, it would be variety. A country long known for its
spices, India has proved to the world that variety actually is the spice
of life here. People from all over have come to India, and the mere interplay
of motley colors, the sights, the sounds, the visage and the landscape,
has awed millions over centuries. India has blended, imbibed cultures
other than its own. The result - a culture that is exotic, at the same
time, has something to offer to each. At first sight, what strikes a visitor
to India is the people - so many, everywhere. Each person an individual,
yet living in a commune of unaffected complacence.
It's a paradisial
paradox. Shining glass multiplexes mushroom in posh urban hubs. And then
there are the meager huts in the rather cut-off interiors of India. There
are snazzy Mercedes Benzes on the tarmac roads of metropolises. While
bullock carts still ply on the makeshift muddy pathways of villages. Hep
guys in Levi's hit the dance floor at the uptown discotheque, as the humble
dhoti still clads the rustic male. One place reels under drought, at the
same time another place is inundated by the running monsoon waters.
The highest peak guards
the north, while the deep blue ocean waves abound on the shores of the
south. In all this, what strings together the entire bundle of contradictions
is the warmth with which the country welcomes one and all. So much can
be said about India, but the best way discover India is to explore it
yourself. You have to come here to drench in this monumental potpourri
of culture that is India.
THE BIG QUESTION IS: HOW DOES ONE GET TO INDIA?
Coming to India was
never simpler. India as a tourist destination is well connected with the
entire world with all major airlines operating here. The country also
has the largest rail network in the world that connects the entire country
from east to west and from north to south.
Flights to India
Facts About India
Flights to India are
of two types – direct and indirect. Direct flights do not require
a change of planes and are at times non-stop. Direct flights are connected
to Mumbai and Delhi. Such flights take less time, however, are more expensive
than indirect flghts. Indirect flights require one to change planes. The
major international airlines operating in India are the Air India, Lufthansa,
British Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and other European carriers.
Cities with international
airports are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram
and Bangalore. Of these, Delhi and Mumbai have direct flights, while the
rest have indirect flights.
Indian Airlines, Jet
Airways, Jet Lite, Kingfisher, Spice Jet, Indigo, Go Air, Paramount Airways
and Alliance Airways are the domestic flight carriers in India. Each state
in the country is well connected with domestic airports in major cities.
In all, there are 88 domestic airports in the country. The airlines have
regular, daily flights to various destinations in India. Smoking or consumption
of alcohol during flights is not permitted in India.
India has the distinction
of having the largest rail network in the world. With the immense size
of the land, railways play a crucial role in connecting the entire nation
with this form of public transport. Railways is owned by the State, and
efforts are on to make it more efficient and widespread. Today, virtually
no part of the country is untouched by Indian Railways. Millions of travel
every day all over the country, thanks to the affordability and the omnipresence
of the rail network.
There are all types
of trains for all classes of travelers, from luxury trains to utility
trains and special trains for tourists such as the Palace on Wheels .
Country (long form)
:- Republic of India
Capital :- New Delhi
Total Area :- 1,269,345.60
sq mi or 3,287,590.00 sq km (slightly more than one-third the size of
Population :- 1,029,991,145 (July
Estimated Population in 2050 :- 1,619,582,271
Languages :- English enjoys associate
status but is the most important language for national, political, and
commercial communication, Hindi the national language and primary tongue
of 30% of the people, Bengali (official), Telugu (official), Marathi (official),
Tamil (official), Urdu (official), Gujarati (official), Malayalam (official),
Kannada (official), Oriya (official), Punjabi (official), Assamese (official),
Kashmiri (official), Sindhi (official), Sanskrit (official), Hindustani
(a popular variant of Hindi/Urdu spoken widely throughout northern India)
Note: 24 languages each spoken by
a million or more persons; numerous other languages and dialects, for
the most part mutually unintelligible
Literacy :- 52.0% total, 65.5% male,
37.7% female (1995 est.)
Religions :- Hindu 81.3%, Muslim 12%,
Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other groups including Buddhist, Jain, Parsi
Life Expectancy :- 62.22 male, 63.53
female (2001 est.)
Government Type :- Federal republic
Currency :-1 Indian rupee (Re) = 100
GDP (per capita) :- $2,200 (2000 est.)
Industry :- Textiles, chemicals, food
processing, steel, transportation equipment, cement, mining, petroleum,
Agriculture :- Rice, wheat, oilseed,
cotton, jute, tea, sugarcane, potatoes; cattle, water buffalo, sheep,
goats, poultry; fish
Arable Land :- 56%
Natural Resources :- Coal (fourth-largest
reserves in the world), iron ore, manganese, mica, bauxite, titanium ore,
chromites, natural gas, diamonds, petroleum, limestone, arable land