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India Travel Guide

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S: India

BC: The End

FC: The Taj Mahal

1: Political Map | Physical Map

2: Architecture in India

3: Architecture in India | Nice View of the Beach

8: Elephant Riding | Architecture

9: Before a Banquet | If you miss Mc'Donalds

10: Lotus Temple | Henna Hand

11: Fun Activites

12: Store | Beautiful Stores

13: Nice view of the Ocean | Public Park

14: The Sacred cow

16: Covering 1,269,338 square miles (3,287,590 square kilometers), India is roughly one-third the size of the United States. India has the second-largest population in the world and is one of the world's most ethnically diverse countries. The nation is home to several hundred languages, of which 33 have 100,000 or more speakers. India is the birthplace of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. A democratic republic, India is divided into 28 states and 7 union territories. A prime minister (currently Manmohan Singh) is head of government. A president (currently Pratibha Patil) has mostly ceremonial duties. India's parliament has two houses: the Rajya Sabha (Council of States) and the Lok Sabha (People's Assembly). While India is primarily an agricultural nation, its economy is changing quickly. Just over half of the labor force is engaged in agricultural work, but the majority of economic growth is concentrated in services. India is a leading producer of peanuts, rice, cheese, tobacco, wheat, cotton, milk, sugarcane, and rubber. Other important crops include grains, oilseed, jute, tea, and coffee. Education is a primary concern in India, and the country has one of the largest education systems in the world. Indians see education as an investment in the future and the key to improving their lives. Families place a strong emphasis on education starting at a young age.

17: Building materials and styles of housing vary according to climate, economic standing, and cultural and religious affiliations. In major cities such as Mumbai and New Delhi, there are not enough homes for the millions of residents, some of whom have migrated from rural areas to find work or further their education. Urban slums often stand in the shadow of high-rise apartment buildings. People living in slums live in shelters constructed from whatever materials can be found, often sheets of plastic or aluminum siding. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism were born in India. The country is also an adopted home for Zoroastrianism (called Parsiism in India). A variety of religions exist side by side in India, and it is not uncommon to find Christian churches, Muslim mosques, and Hindu temples all on a single block. About 81 percent of Indians are Hindu. India is home to several hundred languages, of which 33 have 100,000 or more speakers. Twenty-two languages have official status: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. Except for Sindhi and Sanskrit, these languages are important by state

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