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Welcome to India

India is one of the most ancient places on our planet. Indian culture has influenced the world we know today and the geography and politics of Asia. This country profile page was built for you to better understand India through scientific studies and data conducted by various prominent institutions around the world. But the cold facts are not everything you'll find here. You'll also find different historical works, and artworks (not only actual art like paintings but also music and films) that will help you (better) understand India.

Map of India

Basic Stats

Travel Safety Rating: 6/10

Targeted Groups: Muslims, sometimes Africans

General Sanitation Rating: 6/10

Food Safety Rating for Foreigners: 4/10

Tourism Infrastructure Rating: 5/10

Fluency in English Rating: 3/10

Languages Spoken: Hindi + Multiple Regional Languages such as Bengali and Punjabi

These stats were collected through general studies by prominent institutions that analyzed India's tourism sector. They represent India as a whole, not certain parts of the country that are either better or worse-off. These studies were then summarized into a given rating.

About Indian Tourism

Ten million tourists visit India each year. Why? India is known for its historic architecture, welcoming and friendly locals, and its golden beaches in regions like Goa. Want to learn more about tourism in India. These city guide videos will help. Scroll down to learn more about India's history and culure.

Cinematic films

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History of India

Indus Valley Civilization

The history of India begins with the Indus Valley Civilization, that thrived around 2500 BC, and comprised much of the western half of the Indian subcontinent. Know India says, "Nothing was known about this civilization till 1920s when the Archaeological Department of India carried out excavations in the Indus valley wherein the ruins of the two old cities, viz. Mohenjodaro and Harappa were unearthed. The ruins of buildings and other things like household articles, weapons of war, gold and silver ornaments, seals, toys, pottery wares, etc., show that some four to five thousand years ago a highly developed Civilization flourished in this region."

The Indus lived in well-planned cities and towns, with wide roads, and beautiful brick homes. An average home was quite large, being around two or three stories tall.

The Indus Civilization grew cereals, wheat, and barley. They also ate vegetables and fruits, and meats, occasionally. The Civilization fell by 1500 BC, due to recurrent flooding and other natural causes.

Vedic Civilization

The Vedics were India's first major Hindu civilization. Their civilization flourished along the Saraswati River in the modern states of Punjab and Haryana. Indian epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata were both written during this period.

The Buddhist Era and Alexander's Invasion

Know India says,"During the life time of Lord Gautam Buddha, sixteen great powers (Mahajanpadas) existed in the 7th and early 6th centuries BC. Among the more important republics were the Sakyas of Kapilavastu and the Licchavis of Vaishali." After invading the Mediterranean, Macedonia's Alexander, invaded India and although the Indians were stronger at the time by military strength and had elephants which Alexander had never before seen, the Indians were defeated in battle and Alexander gained control of a large portion of the Indian subcontintent.

End of Ancient History

India's ancient history ends with the Gupta and Harshavardhana empires both based in Northern India. Although many refer to this time as "India's Golden Age", this time was also marked by wars and endless conflict. Major shifts in Hinduism also occurred during this era. By the end of these civilizations, Islam arrived in India which paved the way for the birth of the Mughal Empire.

The Mughal Empire

Arriving from Central Asia and a fifth-generation descendant of the great Mongol Tamerlane, the Great Babur was the founder of the Mughal Empire. After invading the Indian subcontinent from Afghanistan, Babur established a centuries-long Muslim rule that oppressed the voices of Hindus and other groups. Although this time is considered to be dark by many, multiple landmarks famous around the world such as the Taj Mahal and Amritsar's Golden Temple were built during this era. Trade later began with colonial empires like the British, Portuguese and Dutch that led to the eventual collapse of Mughal rule on the Indian subcontinent.

Colonial Era

Many colonial empires sought control of India such as the Dutch in Tamil Nadu and the Portuguese in Goa. However, both Dutch and Portuguese possessions fell to the hands of the British who exploited Indian workers and signed into law, racist policies. They built railways and other ambitious infrastructure projects to support their crippling image. However, an independence movement started gaining traction in the early 20th century and after the British finished fighting World War Two and were in too much debt to keep their colonies, they divided the Indian subcontinent into two nations. A Muslim Pakistan and a Secular India.

Post-Independence History

Much of the latter half of the 20th century was a tragic time for India. Right after independence, hundreds of Hindus and hundreds of Muslims were slaughtered when India and Pakistan were seperated into two countries. This was known as the Partition of India. The country was pulled into conflict with both Pakistan and China. Eventually, things started to get better and India became one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Investments in India grew which paved the way for the government to take on ambitious infrastructure projects such as the proposed high-speed rail line that would connect Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

Culture

Popular Indian Songs

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Holidays and Festivals

Diwali

"Diwali, one of the most prominent Hindu festivals of India, is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show. During this festival of lights, houses are decorated with clay lamps, candles, and Ashok leaves. People wear new clothes, participate in family puja, burst crackers, and share sweets with friends, families, and neighbors" - Travel Triangle

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Holi

"Also known as the festival of colors, holi is one of the famous festivals of India, celebrated with a lot of fervor across the country. On the eve of Holi, people make huge Holika bonfires and sing and dance around it. On the day of Holi, the famous festival of Indian states, people gather in open areas and apply dry and wet colors of multiple hues to each other, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons" - Travel Triangle

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