India facts & history
The Republic of India, forms with Pakistan
and Bangladesh, the subcontinent of India.
The seventh largest country and
the second most populous in the world,
over 900 million.
It consists of the entire Indian peninsula
and a large part of the Asian mainland, and
bordered by China, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan,
Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh, the Bay of
Bengal, Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea,
Pakistan, and Afghanistan and divided into the
following 25 states, 6 Union Territories
and the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
Delhi is the capital and the country's
largest city is Mumbai (Bombay).
India is very rich in history, tradition
and natural and human resources.
A large variety of wild animals exist within
its boundary, eg. Bengal tigers,
Indian elephants etc.
India, than including Pakistan and
Bangladesh was under British rule until 1947.
India and Pakistan were established as
independent states mainly on religious
grounds, India being mainly Hindi and
Pakistan predominantly Muslim.
From the Himalayas to Bombay there's
a great variety in climate and culture,
nearly 1600 different dialects spoken.
We travelled in and out of India during
our 1999 trip to the Himalayan countries.
First we visited Calcutta.
From there we flew to Bhutan.
After spending a couple weeks in Bhutan,
our Bhutanese guides taken
us to Siliguri in India.
In Siliguri they helped us to get the
vistors permit and negotiated a taxi
jeep to take us to Gangtok in Sikkim.
After finishing our sightseeing in Sikkim,
we got him to take us to Baritnagar in Nepal,
through India, to fly to Kathmandu.
We spent some time visiting Nepal and
Tibet before we flew back to India to
visit Varanasi (Benares).
Spent a few days in Varanasi and Sarnath,
a few kilometers from Varanasi and
than we went to explore to Agra and the
famous Taj Mahal.
Finishing in Agra and the surrounding area, we
were to fly to New Delhi.
Our flight got cancelled and we ended
up on a long, taxi ride to New Delhi.
Again arriving in the middle of the night.
Taken us some time to find suitable
accommodation, we didn't go to
bed till 3 a.m. the next day.
(De javu, you may say, see my story about
Bagan (Pagan) in Burma (Myanmar).
The next few days we explored Delhi and the
surrounds, on foot and by sightseeing tours.
From Delhi we went to Kashmir
after some table banging.
It is not the easiest place to visit,
due the guerrilla fighting and the ongoing
Indian-Pakistani dispute about Kashmir.
We flew back to Delhi from Srinagar.
Stayed on a house-boat on
Dal Lake in Srinagar for a few days.
Our Kashmir experience
Another few days we spent in Delhi,
than flew back to Singapore and
Auckland, New Zealand.
We did have some unforgettable experiences.
or Old Delhi, city in northern India,
capital of the National Capital Territory
of Delhi, on the western bank of the River Yamuna
(Jumna) and is north of New Delhi, India's
capital, surrounded by a high
stone wall, since 1638, and can be entered
by seven arched gateways, including
the Delhi Gate in the south, the Ajmer
Gate in the east, and the Kashmir
Gate in the north.
Inside the walls are many congested
narrow streets, alleys, busy bazaars,
and some of the nation's most
spectacular Indo-Muslim architectural
The Chandni Chowk (Silver Street),
once was the most lavish street
in the world and commercial
area of the city.
Delhi is an important transport,
commercial, and industrial centre
and include electronic and electrical
equipment, textiles, jewellery,
chemicals, precision instruments,
and motor-vehicle parts manufacture.
Major landmarks in Delhi are the imposing
Great Mosque, with its tapering
minarets and bulbous domes, the
spectacular Red Fort,
with its complex of buildings,
Delhi University and many more.
The name Delhi, was first recorded
in the 1st century B.C.
Population, including old Delhi, over 10 million.
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