Travel to the country with a rich cultural, spiritual and artistic history. India is a vastly diverse nation with some of the most amazing sights you will ever see.
In addition to the art, jewelry and fashion many appreciate and collect from India, cultural elements like spirituality, yoga, films and dance are also popular exports from foreigners. For some, food has become a favorite. Now, mainstream grocery stores and restaurants are incorporating Indian foods and spices that were difficult to find a decade ago.
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The primary religion in India is Hinduism.
Census data shows that 80 percent of people in India subscribe to Hinduism as their religion. The next largest religious group is Islam, with 13 percent of the population.
India is considered an Asian country.
India is located in South Asia and is bordered by three bodies of water: the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. In the North, India shares borders with Pakistan, China, Nepal and Bhutan. In the East, it borders Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Fact. India is located in South Asia and is bordered by three bodies of water: the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. In the North, India shares borders with Pakistan, China, Nepal and Bhutan. In the East it borders Bangladesh and Myanmar.
India is the most populated country in the world.
India is the second-most populated country in the world with 1.2 billion people. China is the most populated nation on the planet with 1.3 billion people.
The country’s name, India, derives from Chinese and Sanskrit.
India derives from an old Persian word for Hindu, Indus, which stems from the Sanskrit word for Hindi, “Sindhu.”
The capital of India is Mumbai.
The capital of India is New Delhi. Though Mumbai is a financial epicenter, the government is based in this northern city.
The Taj Mahal resides in the capital of India.
The Taj Mahal is in Agra, India, a city located southeast of the capital, New Delhi.
Yoga originated in India.
The word yoga is “Sankskrit” and has many meanings, like to unite and to control. In India, there are a lot of yogis since the practice is incorporated into many belief systems like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Many people in India are vegetarians.
Many people in India eat a vegetarian diet due to their religious beliefs and/or their income. Some of the popular religions in India are based on non-violence, which helped lead to vegetarianism sometime around 500 B.C. Though vegetarianism is still very common, some eat mutton, lamb, chicken and seafood.
For Hindus, cows are sacred.
Many ancient Hindu texts record the reverence of cows. Some began with Lord Krishna, a deity who is sometimes portrayed as a cow herder or a child playing the flute. Some texts say he was the child of the cows. Now days, cows milk is used in religious practices. Also, cows are allowed to wander free throughout India, whether they walk in the road or onto someone else’s property; cows have free reign.
There are three primary languages spoken in India: Hindi, English and Persian.
Fiction. There are several hundred languages spoken in India. According to the 2013 People’s Linguistic Survey of India, there are currently 780 languages currently spoken in the country.
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