Top tip: Whatever your speed the cow has no fear and the right of way
India is bounded by many countries; to the North West lies Pakistan, bordering the North you find China, Bhutan, Nepal and the Bay of Bengal, to the East the frontiers of Bangladesh, Burma and the Arabian sea. Down in the South lies the Indian Ocean.
India is predominantly an agricultural economy with the main crops being tea, cotton, tobacco and coffee.
The climate comprises hot tropical weather with variations from region to region. The coolest weather lasts from December to February, with cool, fresh mornings and evenings and dry, sunny days. March and May have the most unpleasant weather when it is very hot, dry and dusty. Monsoon rains occur in most regions in summer between June and September.
Facts and Figures
|Area||3,166,414 sq km (1,222,582 sq miles).|
|Capital||New Delhi- population 294,725 (2011).|
|Language||The official language is Hindi, which is spoken by about 30 per cent of the population; English is also often used for official or commercial purposes. In addition, 17 regional languages are recognised by the constitution. These include Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya and Punjabi, which are widely used in the north, and Tamil and Telegu, which are common in the south. Other regional languages are Kannada, Malayalam and Maralti. The Muslim population largely speak Urdu.|
|Religion||About 82 per cent Hindu, 11 per cent Muslim with Sikh, Christian, Jain and Buddhist minorities.|
|Time||GMT + 5.5|
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